EUROPEAN TOUR player, Damien McGrane jetted off to Austria yesterday after a fruitful weekend in the Billy Henderson Properties PGA Pro-Am at City of Derry Golf Club.
The Meath professional made use of his time off from the European Tour to win the 36 holes Centenary tournament on the pristine Prehen course when topping the leaderboard on five-under-par 137 with four strokes to spare over second place, John Kelly (St Margaret’s).
The now four time winner of the event, who last won the title in 2010, did all the hard work in the opening round on Saturday after which he posted a five under 66 before handing in a regulation 71 from the closing round in blustery conditions.
A bogey five at the first hole was followed by birdie three at the sixth and a two at the short eighth to turn in one-under-35.
He then pencilled in eight pars and bogey five at the 14th hole on the homeward trip.
Barrie Trainor led after the first round with a superb six-under par 65 - the best round of the weekend - but the Mayorbridge man collapsed in the second session as he carded an 81 to slip to joint sixth place.
With over 50 professionals from throughout Ireland and the UK arriving to lead the hugely popular “teams of four” event, the Centenary competition proved an outstanding success once again.
Billy Henderson Properties PGA Pro-Am results - Professionals: 1, D. McGrane (Unattached) 137 (66, 71); 2, J. Kelly (St Margaret’s) 141 (67, 74); 3, D. Mooney (Ballyliffin) 142 (67, 75); 4, S. Thornton (Team Ireland) 143 (72, 71); 5, M. O’Mahoney (Titleist Fitting Centre) 145 (72, 73); 6, P. Strvenson (Portadown) 146 (72, 74); B. Trainor (Mayobridge) 146 (65, 81); G. Dunlea (Adare Manor) 146 (73, 73).
The City of Derry Mixed Foursomes Matchplay Championships draw will be made on Sunday, July 29th next.
The preliminary rounds are to be played on or before August 8th. The first round will be played on or before August 15th and the second round is scheduled to be played on or before August 22nd.
The quarter-finals will then be played on or before August 29th; the semi-finals on August 31st and the final and plate final will be played on Sunday, September 2nd.
Entries for the competition will be taken in the clubhouse or alternatively contact Ciaran Burke on 71351007.
Hegarty wins Total Golf Open at North West
Over 200 people played on the lush fairways at North-West in the Total Golf sponsored Open Championship 36 hole competition at the weekend.
Visiting golfers from City of Derry, Foyle, Greencastle, Buncrana, Ballyliffin and Dublin found the ‘Links’ in perfect condition on Saturday with just a gentle breeze.
And Michael Hegarty (4) set the pace with a splendid score of 43 points playing his back nine in five under.
However, on Sunday the North-West Links really showed her teeth with a gusting wind playing havoc with club selection and Michael could only muster 28 points, so it was left to Kyle McCarron (3) with the best score of the day of 37 pts.
Results - 1, Michael Hegarty (40) 71pts; 2, Justin Maclochlainn (3) 70; 3, Kyle McCarron (3) 69; Gross - Padraig Maclochlainn 154; Day One winners - 1, John McGonigle (8) 40pts; 2, Patsy McLaughlin (10) 40; 3, John McLaughlin (7) 39; Back Nine - Jimmy McFadden 23; Day Two Winners - 1, Sean Crossan (6) 33; 2, Declan Bradley (11) 33; 3, Michael Power (17) 32; Back Nine - Malachy McLaughlin 17; Visitor’s prize - Maurice Brennan (7) 33pts (Greencastle).
As no visitors returned cards for Sunday, the best score for Saturday won the visitors prize, 33 points for a 36 hole competition and a nice dozen Pro V1s.
Tuesday Meal Deal results (Tuesday, July 17th) - 1, Ronan Crerand (V) 42pts; 2, Joe McGinley (17) 39.
Thursday Open results (Thursday, July 19th) - 1, Padraig MacLochlainn (5) 41pts; 2, Luke Bradley (5) 38.
Fixtures - Tuesday, July 24th - Tuesday Meal Deal; Thursday, July 26th of July - Open; Friday, July 27th - Lady Captain’s Scramble; Saturday, July 28th - Mrs Claire Cully’s Captain’s Day; Sunday, July 29th - Glengollan Cup.