McDermott and Foley tops at Portmarnock Links
Michael McDermott

Michael McDermott

Grange professional Michel McDermott made six birdies in a four-under 67 to win the best nett in the TaylorMade Winter Series at Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links.

The former West of Ireland champion bogeyed the par-four second but then made four birdies in a row from the third and another at the ninth to turn in four-under par.

After seeing a birdie at the 12th cancelled out by a bogey at the tricky 14th, he parred his way home to win the nett by four shots from Stackstown five-handicapper Niall Kinsella and one-handicapper Dylan Keating from Seapoint, who both posted 71’s in a steady, southwesterly breeze.

Royal Dublin's Hugh Foley shot a three-under 68 to win the gross by three strokes from Portmarnock Links' scratch handicapper AJ McCabe and Corrstown professional Craig Melvin.

Out in one-under par, the plus-two handicapper came home in two-under as he mixed seven pars with birdies at the 12th and 13th.

TaylorMade Winter Series, Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links (Par 71, SSS 74, CSS 74)

Tuesday, 15 January


1, Michael McDermott (Pro) Grange GC 67

2, Niall Kinsella (5) Stackstown GC 71

3, Dylan Keating (1) Seapoint GC 71


1, Hugh Foley (+2) Royal Dublin GC 68

2, AJ McCabe (Scr) Portmarnock Links 71

3, Craig Melvin (Pro) Corrstown GC 71.