Tulfarris Golf Resort’s Simon Thornton posted an excellent six under par 63 to win the Delgany Pro-Am supporting the Down Syndrome Centre.
Thornton arrived at the Wicklow venue in good form following a three-shot win in a Northern Branch event at Spa Golf Club in Ballynahinch.
With a shotgun start in operation, the 41-year-old began his round at the 17th with a couple of regulation pars. He birdied the first, second and fourth but dropped a shot at the par-four sixth as he played his opening nine holes in two under.
After two more pars at the eighth and ninth Thornton's round suddenly took off with a run of five birdies in a row at the 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th. He added another par at the 15th but dropped a shot at his closing hole of the day, the 16th to post 63.
Halpenny Golf’s Steven Quinlan finished second, three shots adrift, with Impact Golf at Leopardstown’s Hazel Kavanagh alone in third on two under par.
Bundoran’s Adam Dunmore and amateur partners Ted Williams, Jim Myers and Rory O'Mara collected the team prize with a fine score of 93 points.
Delgany Pro-Am. supporting the Down Syndrome Centre, Delgany GC (Par 69)
- 63 S Thornton (Tulfarris Golf Resort);
- 66 S Quinlan (Halpenny GC);
- 67 H Kavanagh (Impact Golf At Leopardstown);
- 68 D Mooney (Damian Mooney Golf), J Adams (Stackstown GC), D Ryan (Cahir Park GC), N O'Briain (Old Conna GC).