Monkstown’s Shane Irwin held his overnight lead to claim the PGA Assistants title in Nuremore yesterday, winning by a margin of five shots over the field. Rounds of 76 and 72 yesterday were more than enough to keep a healthy distance between himself and the pack as the Limerick native went on to claim his biggest PGA win to date. Irwin’s impressive 69 and 67 on day one gave him a great start, he had a six shot lead at the halfway stage.
“I didn’t expect to win but I expected to do well. I went for a lesson with coach Eddie Doyle a couple of weeks ago and I did feel confident,” said the 24-year-old. “The first day was very good. I played some solid golf in round one. The second round was very similar and I managed to pick up a few birdies.” Holding the top spot was a new experience for Shane, but he retained a comfortable margin despite much tougher conditions on day two. “It was tough over the final 36-holes. I had never led a PGA tournament or anything like that. I tried to stick to the game plan and Continue reading
Shane Irwin (Monkstown)
Monkstown’s Shane Irwin has an impressive six shot lead going into the second day of the PGA Assistants Championship at Nuremore in Co Monaghan. The Limerick native had two impressive rounds yesterday, shooting 69 and 67 on the par 71 track. Irwin had the hot hand with nine birdies in the 36 holes. He opened his second round with a bogey but recovered quickly with two birdies to get into the red for his round. One more bogey followed on the back nine but he also added four birdies to sign for a four under par 67.
That left him six ahead of the field, St Annes’ Gary McGrane on level par. Fota Island’s Jack Howard is eight place, and will be hoping to catch up a few places, and Shane Livesey is just outside the top twenty.
The final 36 holes will be completed today.
Davey Barry (Douglas Pro Shop) moved into the top 15 today at the Galvin Green PGA Assistants Championships in Little Aston. An opening 72 put Barry into the top 20 after round one, and he went one better today, posting a one under par 71. The under par round was thanks in part to an impressive eagle on the 15th. Barry is tied for 13th place with one round remaining. The Douglas based assistant has enjoyed his first two days in Little Aston and is looking forward to improving further in tomorrows final round.
Davey is one of six Irish golfers to make it through to the final round. Michael Kelly (Dun Laoighre) is in 6th place on -3, and Iarlaith Keane (Balcarrick) is tied with Barry on -1 in 13th place. Tim Rice (Limerick), Richard Kilpatrick (Banbridge) and Ian Brennan (Greenore) are all a shot back on level par. Ciaran Molloy (Blackwood) was the other Irish golfer to make the cut, he’s tied for 34th place.
Padraig Dooley, Conor Coyne and Ronan Collins all had good rounds today at the Irish PGA Championship qualifier at Moyvalley. Dooley finished in 6th place with a one over par 73, and both Coyne and Collins were one shot behind. Coyne Continue reading
Davey Barry (Douglas) is in action at the PGA Assistants Championship, he shot a level par 72 in his first round at Little Aston Golf Club in Bermingham. Barry had three birdies and three bogies in his opening 18 holes, and he’s just inside the top twenty heading into the second round.
Galvin Green PGA Assistants’ Championship
Cork’s Tom Cleary is in the top ten after the opening round of the British Seniors Amateur Open at Formby. Cleary had an opening 74 and is three shots behind the leader. He’s tied with Tipperary’s Arthur Pierse as the leading Irish players
Valerie Clancy, Rachel Thompson and Mairead Martin all had good starts for Ireland today at the opening day of the girl home internationals. Clancy Continue reading
Two wins for Butler in Wales
Cathal Butler had two wins in Wales today as Ireland beat Wales to take third place at the Boys Home Internationals. Butler partnered Devin Morley for the third day in the foursomes and the pair recorded their third win when they closed out their match on the 16th green. Butler was back in singles action this afternoon and he again finished on the 16th with a 3&2 win over Wales Tom Davies. Butler’s record for the 2015 Home Internationals will read as an impressive 4 points from a possible 5. The Kinsale golfer will be back in action on Sunday when his club head for Golf Coast Golf Club for the Munster finals of the Fred Daly Trophy.
McKenna Makes the Cut in Coventry
Ciaran McKenna needed two birdies in his final three holes to make the cut at the Galvin Green PGA Assistants Championship in Coventry today. McKenna was four over par after 15 and it looked like he was headed home. Birdies on the 16th and 17th rescued his card and a par at a last saw him through right on the cut mark. Davey Barry didn’t have the same luck, he couldn’t get his round together and finished well outside the cut.
Coyne out of Contention in Ulster Youths
Conor Coyne (Youghal) had a third round 75 to take him out of the reckoning at the Ulster Youths in Belvoir Park Golf Club. Final scores for the fourth round are no available but Coyne was over ten shots off the lead going into the final round.
Turner Leads Northern Ireland Open
After a lengthy injury lay-off, Muskerry’s Niall Turner is back in form and hold a share of the lead in the Challenge Tour event in Galgorm Castle. Turner shot a six under par 66 in his round this morning, including an impressive eagle 2 after driving the green on the par four second hole. Turner has a lie in tomorrow as his second round won’t get underway until 2.20pm