Damien McGrane swooped to take the €1,000 pot in the Irish Tour Pro Series Shootout at The Island on Tuesday.
The Kells professional, who is preparing for a possible return to the circuit next month as a former winner of the Volvo China Open, found the great Donabate links in pristine condition with the greens especially smooth for a 10-man outing.
Paul Dunne, Gary Hurley and Gavin Moynihan, last year’s Walker Cup heroes and now rookie professionals, took part in what is becoming established as a competitive event for tour professionals on their weeks off.
McGrane shot a three under 68 from the back tees with Hurley (70) second on one under and Dunne (71) third on level par.
The 10 professionals — a mixture of European Tour, Challenge Tour, mini tour and PGA members — had a sit down after the round though on this occasion there was no guest speaker from the industry due to the Easter holidays.
With many players are competing at the Europro Tour’s Qualifying School Final Stage next week, the fourth event of the Series is scheduled for Palmerstown Stud on Tuesday, April 12.