Monkstown’s Cian McNamara shot a course record 66 this afternoon to win the Cork Pro-Am at Cork Golf Club. McNamara joins a long list of famous winners of the Pro-Am but he also holds the honour of shooting the lowest competitive score at the famous Little Island Course.
McNamara got off to a flier and the Limerick man was four under through six holes thanks to birdies on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 6th. The only blemish on the card came on the tricky 8th hole where he took a bogey five. After the turn, the Monkstown Pro birdied the 10th and 11th to take him to five under. He had one further birdie on the 16th to set the clubhouse lead for the field. As it happened there were two 67’s (-5) recorded. Eamonn Brady (Clontarf) had five birdies on the back nine for his 67, while John Dwyer (Ashbourne) will rue a dropped shot on the last hole that would have tied him for the lead. Dwyer had the consolation of winning the Pro-Am team prize.
It’s McNamara’s first major win of the season and he was quick to praise the condition of the course and especially the greens: “I’ve played golf all over the world and the greens we played on today are really as good as it gets.”
The 29 year old added: “The experience we get here in Cork is always great and it’s why everyone looks forward to the Pro-Am. From arrival, to the course and the food afterwards, it really is a five star experience. Personally it’s great to win here today as I’m good friends with Fergal Deasy, Captain of Cork Golf Club.”
McNamara will have little time to enjoy the win, he’s back in action tomorrow morning at the Pierce Motors Ballykisteen Pro-Am.
Cork Pro-Am at Cork GC (Par 72)
1 C McNamara 66
T2 E Brady, J Dwyer 67
4 N O’Briain 70
T5 J Bolger, D Higgins, B McGovern 71
T8 D Sugrue, D O’Sullivan, M Staunton, P O’Hagan 72
1 John Dywer 92
T2 D Mooney, M Staunton 91