Newly relocated Graeme Dunlea shot a four under par 68 at the Beaverstown Pro-Am in Dublin yesterday. He finished in a tie for 3rd place behind joint winners Damien Mooney and Richard Kilpatrick. Dunlea had five birdies in his round with the only bogey coming on the 13th when he was 4 under. He recovered with a birdie two on the 17th to sign for a 68.
Dunlea recently finished an 8 year stint in Adare Resort Golf Club to take up a position in Monkstown under Head Professional Cian McNamara. Graeme was born in Cork and moved to Kerry when very young, after college he pursued his PGA qualifications and soon after ended up in the world famous Limerick course. Dunlea joins McNamara after a very successful season in Monkstown Golf Club. McNamara has reduced his playing commitments to spend more time on the coaching side of his role and Monkstown have had a great run this year in both the Irish Junior Foursomes and AIG Senior Cup.
Damien Mooney’s rich vein of form continued on Sunday at the Beaverstown Pro-Am. The Ballyliffin man and Richard Kilpatrick (Banbridge) fired course record rounds of six under par 66 to share first prize at the Co Dublin venue.
Mooney has now topped the leaderboard in three of his last four events – Killeen, Naas and now Beaverstown. He played like a man in form on Sunday – making the most of some excellent scoring conditions to reach the turn in four under par 32 with birdies at the second, fifth, seventh and eighth. He stalled a bit after the turn but further birdies at the 15th and 18th saw him home in two under 34. Kilpatrick went through nine holes in three under 33 courtesy of two birdies, an eagle at the par five fifth and a dropped shot at the eighth. Three more birdies followed on the back nine at the 11th, 13th and 15th as he came home in three under 33. Six players shared third place, two shots behind the winners – Graeme Dunlea, Philip Walton, Brendan McGovern, Neil O’Briain, Jimmy Bolger and Colm Moriarty.