McNamara edges out Moriarty at Connemara Pro-Am

Cian McNamara, pictured during the Irish Open at Fota Island, won the Connemara Pro-Am by a shot. Picture: Thos Caffrey /

Monkstown's Cian McNamara carded rounds of 69 and 68 to win the Connemara Pro-Am on Sunday.

The 28-year-old's two round total total of 137 saw him edge out Glasson's Colm Moriarty who carded a brilliant five under 67 at the Co Galway venue.

McNamara has been threatening a win in recent weeks and headed to Connemara on the back of a third place finish at the recent Galway Bay Pro-Am.

He made a steady start to round two and went to the turn in one under 36 with birdies at 14 and 17 offset by a dropped shot at the 16th.

After another birdie at the par three third, he took control of proceedings with a run of three birdies in succession at the fifth, sixth and seventh but a dropped shot at his last hole, the par four ninth, gave the rest of the field a chance.

Former Challenge Tour regular, Moriarty, took up the chase with a scintillating run of golf around the turn.  He birdied the 17th, eagled the 18th, and then birdied the first, second and fifth to close within a shot. The 35-year-old needed one more birdie from his final four holes to draw level but couldn't get the ball to drop and finished one shot shy.

Kenny Fahey (GUI National Academy) guided his team to success in the amateur event with a two round total of 184.

Connemara Pro-Am

Leading Scores

1 Cian McNamara (Monkstown GC) 69/68 - 137

2 Colm Moriarty (Glasson Hotel & GC) 71/67 - 138

T3 Brendan McGovern (Headfort GC) 71/70 - 141

T3 Kenny Fahey (GUI National Academy) 72/69 - 141

T5 Daniel Sugrue (Killarney Golf & Fishing Club)  73/69 - 142

T5 Jimmy Bolger (Kilkenny GC) 72/70 - 142

T7 Hugh O'Neill (Connemara GC) 75/68 - 143

T7 Noel Murray (Massereene GC) 73/70 - 143

9 Neil O'Briain (Old Conna GC) 72/73 - 145

T10 Brian Kerley (Green Life Golf Centre) 72/74 - 146

T10 Gerry Burke (Royal Curragh GC) 74/72 - 146

T10 David Mortimer (Galway GC) 76/70 – 146

Team Pro-Am

1 Kenny Fahey 91/93 - 184

2 David Ryan 83/93 - 176

T3 Daniel Sugrue 87/87 - 174

T3 Dara Lernihan 85/89 - 174

T3 John Kelly 86/88 - 174