Royal Dublin's Niall Kearney returned to the winner's circle when he carded a two-under-par 69 to win the nett in the TaylorMade Winter Series at Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links.
The former Walker Cup player and two-time Irish Professional Championship winner birdied the fourth to be out in one-under 34, then picked up further shots at the 10th and 14th before making his lone bogey of the day at the par-three 17th.
Tullamore's Stuart Grehan, now also a professional, claimed the best gross with a level par 71, edging out Galway's Ronan Mullarney based on his last three holes with Laytown & Bettystown's Eugene Smith third with a 72
Mullingar's Adam Smith, playing off scratch, came home in level par to shoot a two-over 73 to take the second nett prize on a countback from Courtown one-handicapper Ross Steedman
The par-four 18th again proved crucial with Black Bush's Sean Doyle the latest victim
He was one-under for his round before a triple bogey seven saw him finish with a 73, scuppering his chances of a prize on a day when 88 players took to the links.
TaylorMade Winter Series, Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links (Par 71 )
Tuesday 13th February — Men: SSS 75 CSS 75 / Ladies: SSS 73 CSS 73
- Niall Kearney (Pro) Royal Dublin 69
- Adam Smith (0) Mullingar 73
- Ross Steedman (1) Courtown 73
- Stuart Grehan (Pro) Unattached 71 (B3:11)
- Ronan Mullarney (+3) Galway GC 71 (B3:12)
- Eugene Smith (+2) Laytown & Bettystown 72.