Beech Park's Christy Broe won the the RaboDirect Hilary Golf Society's season opener in testing conditions at Laytown and Bettystown.
Despite a testing breeze, the six handicapper carded a fine, five over 76 to pip fellow veteran, Terry Lilly of Slade Valley on a tie.
Defending Gold Medal holder, Gus Fitzpatrick from Naas, finished well down the field after an 82 at the club that gave Irish golf such luminaries as Des Smyth and Declan Branigan.
Royal Dublin's Sean Ryan, making his debut in the Hilary, took the gross honours with a fine 72.
The Island's Paul McBride will, after all, make his debut at Portmarnock Links on Sunday, February 16th.
RaboDirect Hilary Golf Society at Laytown and Bettystown
1st — Christy Broe (6) Beech Park 70
2nd — Terry Lilly (6) Slade Valley 70
Gross — Sean Ryan Royal Dublin 72
Remaining fixtures - www.hilarygolf.ie
- Feb 16th — Portmarnock Links
- March 2nd — Seapoint
- March 23rd — Co Louth
- April 6th — Royal Dublin
- April 11th — Portmarnock Golf Club
- April 25th — Sutton