Chaney and Denvir on top at Portmarnock Links
Elm Park’s Charlie Denvir Charlie Denvir during the AIG 2019 Irish Amateur Close Championship at Ballybunion. Picture by  Pat Cashman

Elm Park’s Charlie Denvir Charlie Denvir during the AIG 2019 Irish Amateur Close Championship at Ballybunion. Picture by Pat Cashman

Francis Chaney and Charlie Denvir scooped the top prizes in the second TaylorMade Winter Series outing of the season at Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links.

Following last week's appalling weather, when just four players managed to post a score, a 78-strong field enjoyed the links under blue skies in a stiff, southerly breeze.

Chaney, a five handicapper from nearby St Anne's, posted an excellent 67 to win the nett by a whopping six strokes from Elm Park's Matthew O'Brien (5) and Galway's Gavan Keogh (4).

Elm Park star Denvir, who took eventual champion Ronan Mullarney to the 18th in the semi-finals of the AIG Irish Close at Ballybunion, won the best gross with a two-over 73.

He edged out Naas professional Gavin Lunny by a shot and AJ McCabe by two.

Out in two-over-par, Denvir came home in level par with a birdie at the 14th and a bogey at the 17th while Lunny showed his pupils he can still play a bit as he came home in level par for his 74.

McCabe made the prizes for the second week running but after going out in one-over par, he was disappointed to bogey the 10th, 16th and 18th with wedge in hand as he took the third gross with a 75.

TaylorMade Winter Series, Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links (Par 71, SSS 75, CSS 77)

8 October 2019

Nett

  1. Francis Chaney (5) St.Annes GC 67

  2. Matthew O'Brien (5) Elm Park GC 73

  3. Gavan Keogh (4) Galway GC 73

Gross

  1. Charlie Denvir (+2) Elm Park GC 73

  2. Gavin Lunny (Pro) Naas GC 74

  3. AJ McCabe (+2) Portmarnock Links 75