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Sunday 17 November 2019

Morgan homes in on victory

Dessie Morgan can become the first home winner in the 50-year history of the Mullingar Grant Thornton Scratch Trophy after a sensational second-round 67 gave him a share of the lead ahead of today's 36-hole finale.

The local hero fired seven birdies, finishing with four in his last five holes to join former South of Ireland champion Stephen Walsh of Portmarnock at the top of the leaderboard on four under.

After opening with a 73, Morgan's title chances looked slim when he bogeyed the par-three second. But he birdied the third, fourth and seventh to go out in 33. Although he dropped another shot at the short 12th, he finished brilliantly with birdies at the 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th before lipping out with another birdie chance at the par-five 18th.

Baltinglass native Walsh, 22, had four birdies and three bogeys as he added a 71 to his opening 69 to set the pace.

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