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Sunday 26 January 2020

Grehan inspired to glory by McGinley

Stuart Grehan. Picture: Golffile | Fran Caffrey
Stuart Grehan. Picture: Golffile | Fran Caffrey Sportsdesk

Tullamore's Stuart Grehan confessed that an inspirational speech from Paul McGinley was the key to his wire-to-wire win in the Mullingar Scratch Trophy.

The 24-year-old Walker Cup hopeful was one of 23 former South of Ireland champions who attended a special past-champions day to mark Lahinch's 125th anniversary. But it was only after hearing former Mullingar winner McGinley underline the importance of winning the iconic Irish events that he decided to enter the famous event.

Leading the Sherry Fitzgerald Davitt & Davitt-sponsored event by seven shots overnight, Grehan carded a four-under 68 in yesterday's third round to maintain a seven-shot advantage over Tramore's Robin Dawson. Despite a double bogey-bogey finish, he still closed with a 71 to win by four shots from Tramore's Robin Dawson on 15-under-par 283.

"Paul McGinley's speech really got me going. I'm delighted I played," said Grehan. "It's brilliant. I'm really happy. I was very nervous starting the day, thinking, 'Just don't blow it'. But I had a great 68 in the morning and after that I was cruising for the rest of the day, so I am delighted to win."

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