Hard work pays off for Mooney at St Margaret's
 St. Margaret's Golf & Country Club

St. Margaret's Golf & Country Club

Nevada Bob's Belfast's Damian Mooney returned to the winner's circle at the Synergy Golf St Margaret's Pro-Am.

It's been a quiet summer by Mooney's normal high standards but there are signs that he could be finding some form at the business end of the season.

The 48-year-old made a relatively sedate start to his round and was one over after six holes but he then clicked into gear collecting four birdies and an eagle over the final 12 holes to edge out Order of Merit leader David Higgins from Waterville by a shot.

“I got the best of the weather conditions and finished strongly,” said Damian who fired a six-iron from 207 yards into two feet at the par five 16th to record his eagle. “I went for a lesson or two with Noel Fox and I feel like I have been playing a bit better lately.” 

Higgins, the current Order of Merit leader, carded six birdies in total but dropped shots at the first and fourth let him down. He will however edge further clear of second placed Damien McGrane who finished in a tie for 10th.

Edmondstown's Andy Hogan and amateur partners, James Lawless, Brian Tyrell and John Higgins collected the team prize with a superb total of 98 points.

Synergy Golf St Margaret's Pro Am, St Margaret's Golf & Country Club (Par 73)

Detailed scores

68 D Mooney (Nevada Bobs Belfast)

69 D Higgins (Waterville Golf Links)

70 R Giles (Greenore GC)

71 A Hogan (Edmondstown GC), C Molloy (Blackwood Golf Centre), M McDermott (Pure Golf Leopardstown), T Rice (Limerick Golf Club)

72 P Devine (Royal Dublin GC).