O'Connor edges out Casey Jnr at Rosapenna
 Thomas O'Connor (Athlone) won the Ulster Mid-Amateur at Rosapenna. Picture by  Pat Cashman

Thomas O'Connor (Athlone) won the Ulster Mid-Amateur at Rosapenna. Picture by Pat Cashman

Athlone’s Thomas O’Connor won the Ulster Mid-Amateur Championship at Rosapenna by two strokes.

After opening with a one-over 72 on the Old Tom Morris links to trail defending champion Frank Casey Jnr by three strokes, he added a two-over 74 on the Sandy Hills Links to fall four behind after a second round that was not completed until Sunday due to fading light.

 Thomas O’Connor receives the Ulster Mid-Amateur trophy from Eamonn O'Connor (Ulster Branch)

Thomas O’Connor receives the Ulster Mid-Amateur trophy from Eamonn O'Connor (Ulster Branch)

High winds and heavy rain showers affecting scoring throughout the day but O’Connor closed with a six-over 77 to edge out home favourite Casey (83) by two strokes on the Sandy Hills Links.

Conditions were so testing that O’Connor’s final round 77 was the best score of the day by three strokes from Beaverstown’s Gary Cullen, who finished sixth after a closing 80.

Mourne’s Noel Crawford was third, seven shots behind the winner, after an 81 with Co Sligo’s Shane Underwood fourth (and the leading over 50s player) with Rosapenna’s Enda Kennedy fifth.

Ulster Mid-Amateur Championship, Rosapenna (Old Tom Morris Par 71, Rounds 1&3, Sandy Hills, Par 72, Rd 2)

Detailed scores

1 Thomas O'Connor, Athlone +9 72 74 77 223 

2 Frank Casey Jnr, Rosapenna +11 69 73 83 225 

3 Noel Crawford, Mourne +16 74 75 81 230 

4 Shane Underwood, Co. Sligo +18 74 73 85 232 

5 Enda Kennedy, Rosapena +19 78 72 83 233 

6 Gary Cullen, Beaverstown +20 78 76 80 234 

7 Seryth Heavey, Co. Sligo +23 78 79 80 237 

8 Karl Murray, Charlesland +24 75 78 85 238

9 Sean Quigg, City of Derry +26 76 80 84 240 

10 Derek Basquill, Enniscrone +26 74 72 94 240