McGimpsey wins seventh Ulster Seniors and 13th Senior "major"
 Garth McGimpsey (Royal Portrush)

Garth McGimpsey (Royal Portrush)

Royal Portrush's Garth McGimpsey captured the 13th senior major of his career when he closed with a three under 70 to retain the Ulster Seniors Amateur Open at Murvagh.

Winner of 14 regular Irish "majors" at the height of his career as well as the 1984 Amateur Championship, the former Walker Cup captain came from one stroke behind Dundalk's Peter Rogers, winkling out five birdies against two bogeys in three-under 70 to claim his seventh Ulster title by six shots on one-under par 145.

Birr's Billy Donlon finished second on 151 as he made a fine recovery from an opening 82 to surge through the field with a best-of-the-day, four-under-par 69, edging out Balbriggan's David Brabazon (151- 76, 75).

Tralee's Michael Coote (79, 78) won the Veteran's Trophy by one shot from Lucan's Mervyn Eager. 

Garth McGimpsey's Senior haul - 13 wins in 27 starts (48.1% strike rate)

  • Connacht Seniors  — 2013, 2016
  • Munster Seniors — 2016
  • Irish Seniors Close — 2011, 2012, 2013
  • Ulster Seniors — 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

Ulster Seniors Amateur Open, Co Donegal GC (Par 73), Murvagh

Detailed scores

145 G McGimpsey (Royal Portrush), 75, 70

151 B Donlon (Birr), 82, 69; D Brabazon (Balbriggan), 76, 75

152 E Heywood (City of Derry), 77, 75

153 R Berry (Rossmore), 77, 76; P Rogers (Dundalk), 74, 79

154 J Mitchell (Tramore), 79, 75; A Morrow (Portmarnock), 76, 78

155 T Tyrrell (The Heath), 79, 76; C Walshe (Dundalk), 77, 78

157 I Smyth (Clandeboye), 82, 75; C Boyce (Rosapenna), 81, 76; E Murphy (Royal Curragh), 81, 76; B McDonnell (K Club), 81, 76; M Coote (Tralee), 79, 78; S McGarry (Ballymena), 76, 81

158 S Magee (Lurgan), 81, 77; M Ahern (Skerries), 81, 77; M Eager (Lucan), 75, 83

159 K Sheehy (Athlone), 80, 79; M Kelly (Naas), 77, 82

160 B O'Leary (Greystones), 81, 79; H MacKeown (Portmarnock), 75, 85

161 J McMeekin (Massereene), 86, 75; P Cox (Balbriggan), 83, 78

162 S Robson (Burnham & Berrow), 84, 78; P Wallace (Greencastle), 83, 79; H Smyth (Mourne), 80, 82; B O'Malley (The Royal Dublin), 78, 84; J Dowey (Lurgan), 77, 85; J McVeigh (Carlow), 76, 86

163 R Gallaugher (Royal Portrush), 82, 81; V Smyth (Co. Louth), 82, 81; L Halpin (Westport), 81, 82

164 J Coughlin (Donegal), 83, 81; R Joyce (Oughterard), 82, 82

165 M Higgins (Claremorris), 82, 83; M Darcy (Tullamore), 82, 83; M Gaynor (Co. Meath), 81, 84; D Morris (Limerick), 79, 86

166 J Gilbert (Malone), 86, 80; M Byrne (The Royal Jersey), 85, 81; S Bell (Gracehill), 84, 82; P Higgins (Forrest Little), 83, 83; D Wilson (Royal Co. Down), 79, 87

167 E Connolly (Blainroe), 81, 86

168 T Griffin (Corballis Links), 88, 80; O Roche (Donegal), 82, 86; B O'Gorman (Rossmore), 80, 88

169 F Leonard (Knightsbrook), 88, 81; P Morgan (Co. Sligo), 86, 83; L Adams (The Heath), 84, 85; P Smyth (Killiney), 82, 87

170 B Wallace (Dunfanaghy), 87, 83; T Byrne (Greystones), 83, 87

171 R McCartney (Royal Portrush), 83, 88

172 M Worth (Corballis Links), 83, 89; P Cooney (Nairn and Portnoo), 83, 89

173 B Flavelle (Enniscrone), 91, 82; C Muldowney (Grange), 87, 86; C O'Kane (Narin and Portnoo), 85, 88

175 F Gort (Castletown), 84, 91

176 P Fulham (Glenlo Abbey), 89, 87

178 I Griffith (Connemara), 86, 92

179 J Morris (Hollywood Lakes), 91, 88

183 D Lindsay (Strandhill), 90, 93

185 C Morgan (Massereene), 96, 89; M O'Shea (Co. Louth), 91, 94

186 P Phelan (Cahir Park), 92, 94

187 B Brown (Massereene), 92, 95

188 T Mannion (Athlone), 94, 94

193 P O'Brien (Forrest Little), 92, 101

NR D Deasy (Waterford); J Gore (Oughterard); N Woods (Bangor); R Hanna Jnr (Lurgan); T Campion (Athlone); E Crawford (Mourne); D Timbs (Strandhill); M D'arcy (Oughterard); M Horan (Lurgan)

RTD B Reddan (Co.louth)

NR R Timlin (Galway)

RTD G O'Donovan (The Royal Dublin)

NR G Mellerick (Fota Island)

RTD J Hutchinson (The Royal Dublin); A Smith (Blainroe); K Gallagher (Kirkistown Castle); J McCann (Co. Louth)