Gary O’Flaherty (Cork Golf Club) shot rounds of 64 & 72 to take a four shot lead into the final round of the Irish Mid-Amateur (Over 30) Open in Limerick today. The recent Castletroy Scratch winner has taken a shine to Limerick and he rattled in 9 birdies in his opening round. A bogey on the back nine meant that he had to settle for a 64 but that gave him a four stroke lead.
O’Flaherty has been busy on and off the course, he recently took over as Sales Manager for Cobra/Puma Golf in Ireland. His second round started like the first adding two more birdies at the 1st and 5th. He dropped a few shots around the turn but he didn’t give anything away as he signed for a level par 72 in the afternoon. He’s four ahead of Woodstock’s Tony Cleary.
Castlemartyr’s Kenny McGarry also continued his good form, two consecutive 72’s see’s him in 9th place on level par. McGarry dropped six shots in three holes on the back nine of his second round, but showed great strength to birdie the next hole to get himself back to level par. Fota duo Keith Crowley and Sean Barry are inside the top 20 on +2 and Bandon’s Dave McCarthy also made to cut for tomorrow’s final round.