David Barry made the most of rare start on the PGA in Ireland circuit to win the Kelly's Resort Rosslare Pro-Am.
The Douglas GC assistant professional fired a five under par 67 in blustery conditions on Saturday to finish two shots ahead of Damien McGrane and Colm Moriarty.
“It wasn't down to great ball striking, I holed everything on my front nine holes,” said the 30-year-old who started his round at the 13th as a shot gun start was in operation.
“We were trying to work it out after the round and I think I had something like 16 putts over my opening 13 holes.”
The hot putter saw David play his opening 11 holes in six under par, collecting birdies at the 15th, 17th, 18th, third, fourth and fifth.
His first blip came at the par five seventh when he lost a ball that cost him a bogey and he dropped another shot at the par three ninth when he failed to get up and down however, he closed out his round with a birdie at his final hole, the par five 12th to wrap up victory.
“I rolled in a 15 footer at the second and just fell in love with the greens,” added David who will be playing in the Irish PGA Championship at Moyvalley Hotel and Golf Resort from September 22-26.
“It's a funny game. I had 37 putts in the qualifying event for the PGA Championship!”
Limerick's Tim Rice and his amateur partners Tom Barrett, Pat Barrett and Adrian Usher collected the team prize with 94 points.
The Kelly's Resort Rosslare Pro-Am, Rosslare Golf Club (Par 72)
67 Dave Barry (Douglas GC)
69 Damien McGrane, Colm Moriarty (Drive Golf Performance Ltd), Mark Murphy (McGuirks Golf)
70 David Higgins (Waterville Golf Links), Kenneth Fahey (GUI National Academy), David Ryan (Cahir Park GC), Brendan Walton (Island GC)
71 Jimmy Bolger (Kilkenny GC), Tara Delaney (Eddie Doyle Golf Academy), Glen Robinson, Andy Hogan (Edmondstown GC), David Foley (Dromoland Castle GC), Tim Rice (Limerick GC).