Maiden professional win for Stuart Grehan in Portugal

Maiden professional win for Stuart Grehan in Portugal
  Stuart Grehan  with his first big cheque

Stuart Grehan with his first big cheque

Tullamore’s Stuart Grehan notched his first win as a professional and gave his confidence a boost when he birdied three of his last six holes to clinch a one-shot win in the Palmares Classic VI on the Algarve Pro Golf Tour.

The former amateur international began the final round of the 36-hole mini-tour event three strokes behind South Africa’s Tyler Hogarty after an opening 63 at Onyria Palmares Beach & Golf Resort.

He then carded a four-under 68 to win by the minimum from England’s Max Orrin (68-67) on 10-under par.

It was a win worth €2,000 and an injection of confidence to Grehan, who birdied the third, sixth and eighth to get to nine-under, then followed bogeys at the ninth and 10th with key birdies at the 13th, 15th and 17th — the three par-fives on the back nine at the 7,125-yard venue.

Kilkenny’s Luke Donnelly, who has also recently turned professional, finished 39th on level par after rounds of 70 and 74 with Ballymena’s Dermot McElroy 54th on five-over after rounds of 76 and 73.

Palmares Classic VI, Onyria Palmares Beach & Golf Resort (Par 72)

Detailed scores

1 Stuart Grehan IRL -10 134 66 68
2 Max Orrin ENG -9 135 68 67
3 Tyler Hogarty RSA -9 135 63 72
4 Scott Gregory ENG -8 136 67 69
5 Jamie Rutherford ENG -8 136 66 70
6 Vitor Londot Lopes POR -7 137 70 67
7 João Ramos POR -7 137 73 64
8 James Walker ENG -7 137 73 64
9 David Dixon ENG -7 137 67 70
10 Paul Kinnear ENG -7 137 66 71
39 Luke Donnelly IRL PAR 144 70 74
54 Dermot McElroy IRL +5 149 76 73