Monday 21 May 2018

Simon hits the Bull's eye

Simon Thornton. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Simon Thornton. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile Newsdesk Newsdesk

Simon Thornton carded a bogey free 66 to win the St Anne's Pro-Am sponsored by Workday.

The Newcastle, Co. Down, man plotted his way around the Bull Island course in an impressive five-under, with birdies at the second, sixth, 11th, 13th and 16th.

"I got up and down for a par at the first from 80 yards and that settled me down a bit and got me into the round," said the 39-year-old, who won Ballyliffin and was playing St Anne's for the first time.

"After that, I was steady and played some nice golf. I put a new putter in the bag recently and that seemed to work pretty well, I holed a couple of nice putts."

John Dwyer (Ashbourne GC) and Neil O'Briain (Old Conna GC) finished in second place on four under par.

Carton House pro Harry Coyne, guided his amateur partners - Niall Coyne, Conor Martin and Alan McGovern - to win the team event on 97 points.

St Anne's Pro-Am, sponsored by Workday, St Anne's GC (Par 71)

66 S Thornton; 67 J Dwyer (Ashbourne GC), N O'Briain (Old Conna GC); 68 P Devine (Royal Dublin GC), M O'Mahony (Titleist National Fitting Cent), B McCarroll (Narin & Portnoo).

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