McGrane laps the field in Cairndhu
Damien McGrane. Photo: Adrian Donohoe

Damien McGrane. Photo: Adrian Donohoe

In-form Damien McGrane lapped the field on his way to victory at the two-day Cairndhu Pro-Am.

McGrane's 11 under par total earned him a seven shot winning margin over Waterville's David Higgins with Deer Park's Daniel Beattie and big Damian Mooney tied for third on three under par.

McGrane's win, his 12th of the season, was built on a brilliant opening round of eight under par 62 that equalled the course record at the Co Antrim venue.

The 45-year-old had a six-shot advantage by the end of day one and a second round 67 put him out of reach.

"It was a nice to shoot a low one on day one. I got off to a good start on day two as well but I three-putted the 17th for a par and that halted my momentum a bit," said McGrane who also claimed the team prize alongside amateur partners Seamus Mullvana, Alan Montgomery and Foster McFerran.

"I've not been making many mistakes over the last few weeks and that's allowed me to string together a few good performances."

Cairndhu Pro-Am, Cairndhu GC (Par 70)

Detailed scores / Order of Merit

129 D McGrane 62 67

136 D Higgins(Waterville Golf Links) 68 68

137 D Beattie(Deer Park Hotel Golf & Spa) 71 66; D Mooney(Nevada Bobs Belfast) 70 67

138 M O'Sullivan(Piltown Driving Range) 69 69

140 S Thornton 72 68

141 S Quinlan70 71

142 E Brady(Clontarf Golf Club); C Moriarty()Drive Golf Performance Ltd) 71 71; A Hogan(Edmondstown GC) 71 71


  1. D McGrane 96 93 189
  2. S Quinlan 88 91 179
  3. D Beattie 86 92 178