Promising Start for Cork Professionals
By Niall O’Shea
The PGA Irish Region kicked off their 2014 Pro-Am schedule today with Greystones hosting the first pro-am of the year. Monkstown’s Cian McNamara was one of the early starters and he posted a two under par 67 to take the club house lead. Despite posting a bogey on the 4th hole, McNamara recovered immediately with a birdie. He added further birdies on the 9th and 12th, and parred his way home to become the clubhouse leader. He was ultimately beaten by Danny Sugrue and John Kelly, both golfers returned 66’s from their afternoon rounds.
McNamara is one of five Irish PGA professionals to qualify for the Irish Open, and the Cork based golfer will relish the opportunity to have another crack at the showpiece of Irish Golf which takes place in Fota Island in late June. At present the Limerick native is the only Munster golfer confirmed for the Irish Open.
Fernhill’s Wayne O’Callaghan also gave a good account of himself, posting a level par 69 for a top ten finish. Wayne finished with a colourful card but despite a poor start he recovered well. A double bogey on 2, and a bogey on 4 saw him at +3 but he followed that with four birdies to get under par by the time he finished out on 16. A bogey on 17 saw him return to level par. O’Callaghan’s 69 was matched by David Ryan, the Cork native who is based in Cahir Park.
Killarney’s Daniel Sugrue showed good form in the Munster winter series competitions, winning the order of merit. His good run continues as he posted a 66 in the afternoon to take a share of the winner’s purse. Sugrue’s 66 was matched by John Kelly.
The PGA now moves on to Shannon where the Dr William Flynn Memorial Pro Am takes place next Friday.