Drive’s Padraig Dooley and Monkstown’s Cian McNamara both carded second round 70’s to finish in top ten at Powerscourt. Both players opened with two over par 72’s yesterday and they went around in four shots less today to climb up the leaderboard.
David Higgins (Waterville) carded a five under par round of 67 to win. Higgins finished the 36-hole event on nine under par, one shot ahead of overnight leader, Richard Kilpatrick (Banbridge) with Mark O’Sullivan (Piltown Driving Range) a shot further back. “I played nicely today. It was a great round, my only mistake came at the 13th when I three-putted for a bogey but apart from that I played some solid golf,” said the 42-year-old. “I went home last week and played some golf with my father (Liam). He gave me a few pointers and I managed to take them into the tournament.” Higgins trailed Kilpatrick by a shot heading into the final round but it was O’Sullivan who had the advantage after nine holes at the Co Wicklow venue.
A trio of birdies at seven, eight and nine saw O’Sullivan edge ahead of playing partners Kilpatrick and Higgins by a single shot with nine to play. The Waterville man found some momentum after the turn and birdies at 10, 11 and 12 brought him level with O’Sullivan on nine under par who also birdied the 11th and 12th. That bogey at 13 dropped Higgins back on eight under but he responded with a birdie at the 14th and took the lead on his own when O’Sullivan dropped a shot at the 15th. A further dropped shot by O’Sullivan at the 18th saw him drop into third with Kilpatrick’s blemish free back nine of two under par 34 earning him the runner’s up spot.