Colm Moriarty (Pure Golf Leopardstown) carded a final round four under par 68 to edge out David Higgins (Waterville) for first prize at The Heritage Pro-Am on Sunday last.
His 36-hole total of nine under par (135) gave him victory by one shot over Higgins who carded a second round 70 at the Co Laois venue.
“I played very nicely, particularly on the first day,” said Colm, who was bogey free in compiling a five under par 67 on day one.“I was maybe a bit loose at the start of things today (Sunday) and had to scramble a bit to keep things together, but picked it up around the turn with a birdie and an eagle. I hit it in the water at the fourth (par 3), my 13th, and ended up with a double but I was delighted then to birdie my 16th and 17th. You have to play good golf to score around here so I’m pleased with the performance.”
The tournament, sponsored by Albert Crowley of Fountains & Decor Ltd and LED Light Tech Ltd boasted the biggest prize fund of the season - €50,000 – and drew a full field of 55 Pros and 165 amateurs to the Seve Ballesteros designed course.
A gala dinner and charity auction in aid of the Seve Ballesteros Foundation on Saturday evening raised approximately €10,000. Items donated included a fourball at Royal Pedrena Golf Club, a visit to the Seve Trophy room in Seve’s house and a sculpture of Seve’s grip along with many more fabulous auction pieces.
The Ballesteros Foundation was set up by Seve himself to support cancer victims after he himself was diagnosed with a brain tumour. The foundation also financially supports upcoming talented young golfers that come from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Overnight leader Michael McDermott (Pure Golf Leopardstown) was unable to match his stunning first round effort of seven under par 65.
Out in level par 36, a birdie at the par five second (he started at the 10th) got him to eight under for the tournament but he immediately gave that shot back at the third and then a double-bogey at the par five eighth ended his chances.
Michael finished in third place by himself on five under par. Eamonn Brady (Clontarf GC) finished tied for fourth with Damien McGrane who carded the lowest round of the day on Sunday a five under par 67.
Neil O'Briain (Old Conna GC) guided his amateur partners to victory in the team event compiling 190 points over 36 holes followed closely by the home team which was led by the resident Pro Eddie Doyle (The Heritage GC) and his team.
“Thank you to everyone who took part” said Jacqueline Mullen General Manager of the Heritage Golf Resort. “A very special thank you to all our Sponsors, the PGA of Ireland who officiated, the greenkeepers who presented the Ballesteros Course in a superb condition and to Judge Roy Beans who did a fantastic job on the food over the weekend”.
She went on to say the event was a huge success and one that superseded any event of it’s kind held here before. Registration for the 2017 Pro-Am is now open. To avoid disappointment please register your interest ASAP.
For more information visit the Heritage Golf Resort Facebook page or phone 05786-42321
1st - C Moriarty (Drive Golf Performance Ltd) 67/68 = 135 ; 2nd - D Higgins (Waterville Golf Links) 66/70 = 136; 3rd - M McDermott (Pure Golf Leopardstown) 65/74 = 139; T4th - D McGrane 73/67 = 140; T4th - E Brady (Clontarf GC) 70/70 = 140; 6th - J Bolger (Kilkenny GC) 70/71 = 141; 7th - N Murray (Massereene GC) 70/72 = 142; T8th - N O'Briain (Old Conna GC) 74/71 = 145; T8th - D Gleeson (Old Conna GC) 72/73 = 145; T10th - R Kilpatrick (Banbridge GC) 75/71 = 146; T10th - C McNamara (Monkstown GC) 75/71 = 146.
1st - N O'Briain and C Cassidy, C Cunningham, R O'Neill 93/97 – 190; 2nd - E Doyle and P Dennison, R Doyle, Colin Cunningham 92/92 – 184; 3rd - B Kerley and T Muldoon, K Grant, D Durnin 96/86 182.