Moriarty makes it a hat-trick at Castlewarden

Colm Moriarty

Drive Golf Performance's Colm Moriarty fired a five under par 67 to win the Zurich Castlewarden Pro-Am for the third year in succession.

Moriarty recorded seven birdies and two bogeys in his round as he beat, Daniel Beattie (Deer Park), Wayne O'Callaghan (Fernhill), Eamonn Brady (Clontarf) and Brian Cosgrove (Killeen GC) by two shots at the County Kildare venue.

“I suppose you could say I kind of like it around here,” said the 36-year-old who has completed year one of his PGA training qualifications.

“It's tight in places and if you get it out of position, you can be chipping out sideways to get it back into the fairway.

“I have been playing pretty well of late [this is Colm's third win of the season] but I got off to a shaky start today with a dropped shot at the third but after that I gave myself plenty of chances for birdies.”

The Glasson based professional went to the turn in two under 35, a bogey at the third offset by birdies at the fourth, seventh and ninth.

He started for home with a birdie at the 10th, dropped a shot at the 11th before adding three more birdies at the 13th, 17th and 18th to come home in three under 32.

Gerry Burke (Royal Curragh) guided his team of Brendan McDonald, Peter Grey and Tom Brown to success in the pro-am event with 91 points.

Zurich Castlewarden Pro-Am, Castlewarden G&CC (Par 72)

Detailed results

1 C Moriarty (Drive Golf Performance) 67

T2 D Beattie (Deer Park Hotel), W O'Callaghan (Fernhill G&CC), E Brady (Clontarf), B Cosgrove (Killeen GC) 69

T6 B McGovern (Headfort GC), J Quinlivan (Mullingar GC) 70

T8 D Lernihan (Elm Park), D Higgins (Waterville GC) 71

Team results

  1. Gerry Burke 92
  2. Dara Lernihan 91
  3. Ciaran Molloy 90