Weekend round-up: McGrane wins, Casey in the money

Damien McGrane edged out Niall Kearney at Shannon. Pictured in Singapore recently by Picture: David Lloyd / www.golffile.ie

Damien McGrane showed some European Tour class in winning the Dr William Flynn Memorial Pro-Am at Shannon.

The Co Meath man carded a five under par 67 to edge out Niall Kearney by a shot at the Co Clare course.

McGrane has missed his last three cuts on the European Tour, but the 43-year-old was in fine form at Shannon, going out in four under 34 and coming home in one under 33. A run of four consecutive birdies from the fifth, set the 2008 Volvo China Open winner on the road to a confidence boosting success.

Challenge Tour player Kearney, birdied the three par fives on the front nine to be out in three under 35 but a dropped shot at the par three 10th halted his momentum briefly before he picked up two more birdies at the 13th and 16th to sign for a 68.

The 25-year-old from Royal Dublin has been a consistent performer on the PGA in Ireland circuit this season, with three top 10 finishes to his name.

Mark Staunton, who has recently taken up a teaching role at Delgany GC, finished tied for third on two under par alongside the in-form John Kelly. The St Margaret's professional missed out on his third win in a row at Shannon.

The team award went to Padraig McGrath, P&M Golf Superstore Ltd, with 97pts ahead of Wayne O'Callaghan, Fernhill G&CC on 96.

Dr William Flynn Memorial Pro-Am at Shannon GC

1 Damien McGrane 67

2 Niall Kearney (Royal Dublin Golf Club) 68

3 Mark Staunton (Delgany Golf Club) 70; John Kelly (St Margaret's Golf & Country C) 70

5 David Foley (Dromoland Castle GC) 71; Bernard Quigley (Carton House Golf Course) 71; Donal Gleeson (Old Conna Golf Club 71; Michael McDermott (Pure Golf Leopardstown) 71; Scott Wilson (Co Louth Golf Club) 71

10 Brendan McGovern (Headfort Golf Club) 72; Mark O'Sullivan (Piltown Driving Range) 72; Daniel Sugrue (Killarney Golf & Fishing Club) 72

Team: 1 P McGrath 97, 2 W O'Callaghan 96, 3 S Deegan


  • May 12 Glenmuir PGA Professional Championship, Killeen Castle
  • May 13 Black Bush Ladies Assistants Pro-Am
  • May 16 New Ross Pro-Am

Ladies European Tour - Codd 22nd in Turkey

Rebecca Codd closed with a one-over par 74 to finish tied 22nd in the Turkish Airlines Open at the National Golf Club in Belek, Antalya.

The Carlow native finished on three over par to earn € 2,812 and move to 41st in the Order of Merit with €9,967 won four starts as France's Valentine Derrey claimed her first win by two shots. 

The 26-year-old from Paris carded a final round of three-under 70 in hot and breezy conditions to end on a three-round total of seven under par, with Denmark's Malene Jorgensen second on five under after a closing 73.

On the LET Access Tour, Tara Delaney made her first cheque since last November when she finished tied 19th in the Association Suisse de Golf Ladies Open on May 4. Delaney earned €512 for her week's work at Gams-Werdenberg GolfClub in Gams, Switzerland as she shot rounds of 70, 74 and 74 to finish nine shots behind playoff winner Amy Boulden on two over.

Alps Tour — Casey in the money

Justin Brink was 18th and Headfort's Brian Casey tied for 22nd as Thomas Elissalde of France clinched his maiden win in the GÖSSER OPEN presented by Martin Wiegele at Maria Lankowitz GC in Austria. Scores

He shot a five under 67 to win by a shot on 16 under from 67 final round to finish one shot ahead Italy’s Andrea Romano and earn €5,800.

Brink shot 69 to finish 10 shots behind and earn €646 as Casey carded rounds of 68, 71  and 73 to pocket €510, his first cheque from four starts and move to 68th in the Order of Merit.

Brendan McCarroll and Simon Ward missed the cuts but are 30th and 58th respectively in the money list.