Michael McDermott (Grange Golf Club) captured the The K Club Irish PGA Pro-Am title on Sunday afternoon as he carded successive rounds of 67 to finish two shots clear of his closest challenger.
The Kildare venue was blessed with glorious sunshine throughout the two-day event, as an impressive field including some of Ireland’s best PGA professionals fought it out for the €20,000 first prize.
Eamonn Brady (Clontarf Golf Club) finished two shots back on eight under par for the tournament, but it was the Dubliner who set the early pace when he opened with an impressive round of 66 to share the lead with Richard Kilpatrick (Banbridge Golf Club) after the first day. McDermott shot a 67 while playing the Smurfit Course, but he was well placed to make his move come Sunday.
The action played out in thrilling style across the Palmer Ryder Cup Course on day two, with McDermott opening his round with a birdie on the par five 10th, and two more birdies and an eagle on the 18th say him make the turn on five under.
That stunning opening nine-hole performance allowed McDermott to solidify his position as he carded two bogeys but rallied with a couple of birdies on the seventh and eighth to finish his round on five under par, bringing him to 10 under for the tournament.
Brady couldn’t quite keep pace with the exceptional performance of McDermott, and he finished on two under par, leaving him eight under for the tournament.
The winners of the team event went to local professional Gerry Burke (Royal Curragh) and amateur partners Catherine Kinane, Michael Kinane and Michael Burnell. They posted a two round total of 172 points to collect first prize.
Speaking at the conclusion of the tournament, Sharon Smurfit, Director of Golf at The K Club, said;
“Michael is a thoroughly deserving winner after producing a performance that will not be forgotten on his first nine holes today. To record a five under par off the back nine on the Palmer Ryder Cup Course is really something, and it certainly made life tough for those who were trying to keep pace.
“The standard of golf this weekend was absolutely exceptional, and that was helped by the brilliant weather conditions and the fine shape that our greenkeeper, Gerry Byrne, had the course in.
“It is always an ambition of ours to support the Professional Golfers’ Association in Ireland because The K Club has a long-standing connection with Irish golf and we have always been major supporters of the game.”
The K Club Irish PGA Pro-Am
1 Michael McDermott (Grange Golf Club) 67/67 134 (-10)
2 Eamonn Brady (Clontarf Golf Club) 66/70 136
3 Brian McElhinney (North West Golf Club) 68/70 138
T4 Simon Thornton (Tulfarris Golf Resort) 69/70 139
T4 Richard Kilpatrick (Banbridge Golf Club) 66/73 139
T4 Michael McGeady 72/67 139
T7 Colm Moriarty (Glasson Hotel & Golf Club) 72/68 140
T7 Niall Kearney (Royal Dublin Golf Club) 70/70 140
T9 Damien McGrane (Carlow Golf Club) 69/74 143
T9 Brendan McGovern (Headfort Golf Club) 71/72 143
Overall winners 172 (85/87)
Gerry Burke (Royal Curragh) Catherine Kinane, Michael Kinane, Michael Burnell
Day One (Smurfit Course)
Philip Walton, Niall Quinn, Mickey Quinn, David Whelan 86pts
Day Two (Palmer Ryder Cup Course)
Colm Moriarty (Glasson) Angelo Cirillo, Emilo Cirillo, Shiva Gautam 84pts