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Storming finish: Banbridge’s Richard Kilpatrick

Storming finish: Banbridge’s Richard Kilpatrick

Storming finish: Banbridge’s Richard Kilpatrick

Banbridge Golf Club’s Richard Kilpatrick made seven birdies in a magnificent, five-under par 67 to win the €10,000 Bunclody Pro-Am by three strokes.

The former East of Ireland Amateur champion, dropped an early shot at his second hole but then tore it up, making birdies at the 12th, 13th, 15th, second and third to go four-under-par for his round.

He dropped another stroke at the par-four sixth but finished brilliantly with birdies at the eighth and ninth to win by three shots from Limerick’s Tim Rice.

The team prize was won by Mount Juliet’s Brian Doheny, who had 94 points with amateur partners Gavin Sinnott, Pat St. Ledger and Liam O’Loughlin, edging out Hennessy and teammates James Carroll, Tom Brophy and Tom Memery by a point.

On Tuesday, Kilpatrick had to settle for second behind Waterville’s David Higgins in the Slieve Russell Masters Pro-Am.

Higgins shot rounds of 70 and 72 to win by one stroke on two-under par from Kilpatrick (73-70) and another former East of Ireland champion in Richard O’Donovan (70-73),

The K Club’s Liam Grehan and Mullingar’s James Quinlivan tied for fourth on level par with Headfort’s Brendan McGovern sixth on one-over.

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