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Friday 20 July 2018

McCormack collects major double in Mid-Amateur

He pulled his score back with two birdies before the turn but hit four bogeys on his back nine, including three across the final four holes. (stock picture)
He pulled his score back with two birdies before the turn but hit four bogeys on his back nine, including three across the final four holes. (stock picture)

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Galway Bay's ​​​Eddie McCormack captured back-to-back major titles when he romped to a five-stroke win in the Irish Mid-Amateur Championship at his home club.

Just eight days after breaking his duck in the senior championships with an impressive win in the 72-hole Connacht Strokeplay Championship at Portumna, the 45-year-old led by five shots after 36 holes and closed with 75 to win with ease from Portmarnock's Geoff Lenehan on four-over 220.

The Cavan native has decided that given the time and energy required to play at a high level and the fact at his wife Mary expecting the couple's second child in September, this season will be his "final fling."

Meanwhile, David Mulholland led the Irish contingent at the European Men's Senior Championship at Royal Bled in Slovenia. Castlerock's Mulholland's title chances were slim after posting a 12-over 84 in the second round and he carded two bogeys on the first three holes to all but end his hopes.

He pulled his score back with two birdies before the turn but hit four bogeys on his back nine, including three across the final four holes.

His final-round score of 76 saw him finish with a 54-hole aggregate of 235, tied for 13th, 13 strokes behind German winner Martin Birkholz. Karl Bornemann (Douglas) finished one stroke further back on Mulholland, tied for 16th, after closing the tournament with a five-over 77.

John O'Brien (Castlemartyr) endured a nightmare round, hitting eight bogeys and a double-bogey to leaving him tied for 30th on 241, while Hugh O'Leary hit 84 to finish on 245, tied for 44th.

At the European Ladies' Senior Championship, it was a routine victory for Spaniard Macarena Campomanes at Royal Bled.

She looked out of contention after her first-round score of 84 but a four-over 76 in the second round gave her an outside chance before a level-par 72 on the final day - the best score of the tournament - saw her beat defending champion Susanne Lichtenberg of Germany to the title by six shots. Lichtenberg was in pole position to reclaim the title but hit nine bogeys in her final round.

Ireland's Sheena McElroy (Grange) was all but out after she struck 92 in the first round. She improved in the second round with a 10-over 82, which saw her fall agonisingly short of the cut by just one stroke.

Elsewhere, Valerie Clancy will look to continue her momentum as she takes on Molly Dowling for a place in the Irish Women's Close Championship quarter-finals this morning. Killarney's Clancy, who won the Irish Girls Close last year, led the way in qualifying with 146, two shots clear of last year's runner-up Ciara Casey (Hermitage) and Shannon Burke (Ballinrobe), to pick up the Leitrim Cup. And she continued that form with a 4&3 victory over Chloe O'Connor (Roscommon).

Meanwhile, John Murphy heads to the 123rd Amateur Championship, at Royal Aberdeen and Murcar Links, full of confidence after bagging the biggest win of his career this month. The Kinsale teenager edged past German Jannik de Bruyn in a play-off to become only the third Irishman to lift the St Andrews Links Trophy.

Irish Independent

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