Waterville Links’ David Higgins fired a three-under-par 69 to successfully defend his Galway Bay Resort Pro-Am title.
With a shotgun start in operation, David started his round at the 10th and played his opening nine holes in one under par 35 courtesy of a solitary birdie at the 15th.
He picked up another birdie at the first, dropped a shot at the second but responded with back to back birdies at the third and fourth to come home in two under 34.
“It was a good three-under round because it was a tough day, it was windy,” said the 44-year-old who played a key role in GB&I's recent PGA Cup victory over the USA.
“I was in control, it was my type of day. It was blowing a good wind and I knew if I just played well that conditions were right up my street.
"I just had to make sure I didn't get in my own way. I got the job done, and it's always nice to go back to a venue and retain a title.”
David finished one shot ahead of Colm Moriarty (Drive Golf Performance) with Damien McGrane back in third after a level par round of 72. Roganstown's Brendan Walton and amateur partners, Brendan Lenyski, Matt Kavanagh and Walter McDonagh won the team prize with 95pts.
Galway Bay Golf Resort Pro-Am, Galway Bay Resort (Par 72)
69 D Higgins (Waterville Golf Links)
70 C Moriarty (Drive Golf Performance Ltd)
72 D McGrane
73 Steven Quinlan (Halpenny GC), S Thornton (Simon Thornton Golf), J Bolger (Kilkenny GC)
74 M McGeady.