Neither James Sugrue or John Murphy managed to overcome Neil McKinstry’s lead in the Irish Youths yesterday although they both finished inside the top ten. Murphy was in second place, two shots off the lead going into the final round and Sugure was just one shot behind Murphy.
Sugrue got off to a great start with a birdie on the opening hole but bogies on 4,5 and 6 meant that he dropped back and wasn’t able to put pressure on the leaders. The par 70 course had a CSS in round three of 73, indicating the difficulty in scoring for all golfers. None of the 100 golfers playing were able to match par with only seven golfers returning 71. Murphy had a tough start to the day, he was in the final group with leader Neil McKinstry. Murphy had a double bogey on the 2nd, and the same again on the 3rd, and by the fifth hole he was five over par for the day. The Kinsale golfer did get back on track with four birdies around the turn but he eventually signed for a sever over par 77. McKinstry held onto his overnight lead to win by three shots, despite shooting a 73 on the final day.
David Ryan won his first PGA Irish Region event of the season yesterday when he was the joint winner of the Wexford Pro-Am. Ryan along with Neil O’Briain and Jimmy Bolger coped admirably in very windy conditions, carding rounds of one under par 70 to stay one shot ahead of Damien McGrane. Ryan collected eight pars and a birdie as he went to the turn in one under par 35. He eagled the par five 10th but then bogeyed the 11th and double-bogeyed the 15th before finishing his round positively with a birdie at the last.