Mooney grinds out victory at Galway Golf Club

Damian Mooney

Damian Mooney stood strong in windy conditions to win the Galway Golf Club Invitational Pro-Am on Friday.

The Ballyliffin pro kept his composure to edge out the trio of Neil O'Briain (Old Conna), Richard Creamer (Arklow) and Michael McDermott (Pure Golf Leopardstown) by a single shot.

Damien began his round at the 10th and rattled off eight pars and just one dropped shot at the par three 12th on his way to a one over par 36.

He dropped another shot at the short par four first as he turned for home but followed that blip with seven pars and a birdie at the par four eighth to come home in level par 35 for his 71.

Glen Robinson and amateur partners Joey Costello, Peter Keane and Pat O'Toole won the pro-am prize with 81pts.

Attentions now turn to the 36-hole Shell Pro-Am at Carne Links which takes place on Saturday and Sunday. Delgany's Mark Staunton returns to defend the title he won last year.

Galway Golf Club Invitational Pro-Am at Galway Golf Club (Par 70)

Leading pro results

71 Damian Mooney (Ballyliffin) 

73 2 Neil O'Briain (Old Conna Golf Club), Richard Creamer (Arklow Golf Club), Michael McDermott (Pure Golf Leopardstown)

75 Brian Cosgrove  (Killeen Golf Club)

76 David Mortimer (Galway Golf Club), Eamonn Brady  (Clontarf Golf Club), Patrick Small  (Galway Golf Club), Cian McNamara  (Monkstown Golf Club)

77 Jimmy Bolger (Kilkenny Golf Club), Brendan McGovern (Headfort Golf Club), Donal Gleeson  (Old Conna Golf Club)

Pro-Am results

  1. Glen Robinson 81pts
  2. Cian McNamara 81pts
  3. Brendan McGovern 79pts
  4. Richard Creamer 79pts