WATERVILLE golfer David Higgins has created history by becoming the first Kerry man to win the Irish PGA Championship.
Higgins birdied the third hole of a three-man playoff at Mount Juliet on Sunday evening to capture a title that his father Liam won back in 1983. That makes them the first father and son to win the Irish PGA Championship title.
The 39- year old had been the runaway leader of the Irish PGA Order of Merit coming into this event, and following his win in Kilkenny, he can now claim that title as well for the third time in four years, while picking up the €10,000 bonus that goes with it.
"It's great, I'm over the moon," the Waterville man The Kerryman on Monday. "I've been trying to win it for the best part of twenty years and I'm delighted. I used to look at the trophy at home when my father won it in 1983 and think that one day I'd like to win that, and now I have."
Higgins picked up € 3,500 for winning the title, making it a profitable weekend overall, but he has just three weeks to prepare for Stage Two of the European Tour School in Spain and will no doubt head there with his confidence high.