Mclarnon flies flag
Published 23/05/2016 | 02:30
Reigning Irish Close Champion Tiarnan McLarnon was the leading finisher from Ireland in the rain-affected Welsh Open stroke-play Championship at Royal St David's, Harlech, at the weekend.
The Massereene player finished with a 72-hole aggregate of 274 - two under par - in a tie of ninth place and six strokes adrift of new champion, Scotland's Barry Hume.
McLarnon enjoyed a splendid final day, carding a pair of 67s. In the morning's play, he returned that score despite dropping strokes on each of the last two holes. He also had two bogeys in his final round.
Rowan Lester of Hermitage ended up further down the field in joint 24th place, with a total of 280 - four over par. His problems came in his second round, when he had two double bogeys in a disappointing 74.
Other Irish competitors Daniel Brennan, Mark Morrissey and Eoin Leonard all missed the cut.
Hume is the first Scotsman to win for 18 years, since David Patrick triumphed by two strokes from fellow Scot Craig Howie.