Monday 18 December 2017

Seniors agony for Pierse

TIPPERARY's Arthur Pierse was made to regret a dreaded double-bogey six at the 12th hole on the Dunluce links at Royal Portrush, where he had to settle for second spot in the 54-holes British Seniors' Amateur Championship.

Pierse posted an excellent two-under-par 70 for a one-under aggregate of 215 -- agonisingly one stroke behind American winner Chip Lutz. the former Walker Cup man improved every day, carding rounds of 73, 71 and yesterday's gallant 70 that included birdies at all the par-fives.

Lutz, second overnight behind Frank Ford, had a sensational start. The 56-year-old lowered a 10-footer for eagle on the second and quickly followed with a birdie at the third for a six-shot swing. Out in two-under 34, he also birdied the long 10th and par-four 13th.

The 69-year-old Ford, who held a four-shot lead after two rounds, imploded right from the start, suffering three successive bogeys. A double-bogey six at the seventh turned his day into complete misery as he turned in 41. He steadied the ship, though, with a two-birdie, level-par back nine for a 77 and third place.

Another American, Patrick Tallent registered seven birdies in the best display of the tournament, shooting a five-under-par 67 for a 217 aggregate.

Garth McGimpsey trimmed three of the four long holes, at the ninth, 10th and 17th, to make birdies in his one-over-par 73 to finish on 220.

One of the top displays of the closing day was a two-under-par 70 by ex-Irish international Tom Cleary of Cork. The man from Little Island plundered back-to-back eagle three's on the ninth and 10th. He also picked off a birdie three at the fifth, and a two at the 11th to finished on a five-over 221.

Irish Independent

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