Sunday 19 November 2017

McGimpsey holds off Morrow charge

Garth McGimpsey retained his Tourism Malaysia-sponsored Irish senior men's amateur title after a nip-and-tuck final day at Clandeboye, writes Chris Smart.

The former British Amateur champion and Walker Cup captain from Bangor went into the second and final round in this curtailed contest with a one-stroke advantage over Birr's Billy Donlan.

But it was Adrian Morrow, the recently crowned Irish Seniors Open and European champion from Portmarnock, who provided the sternest challenge.

With 34 holes played, Morrow had clawed back the two strokes by which he had trailed overnight.

On the 17th -- considered the easiest hole on the course -- both players found the fairway; Morrow then hit to within 25 feet of the pin and the champion to three feet.

Morrow took three putts while McGimpsey tapped in for birdie to go two strokes up playing the final hole, on which they both dropped a stroke after the Bangor man found the rough and Morrow a bunker.

So, McGimpsey, with a 145 aggregate, was again the champion, two clear of Morrow with Tramore's John Mitchell third on 149.

Irish Independent

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