Saturday 24 August 2019

Purcell races through to win Munster Mid-Am

Superb: Kevin Purcell receives the Trophy from Jim Long, Chairman Munster Golf. Photo: Niall O'Shea
Superb: Kevin Purcell receives the Trophy from Jim Long, Chairman Munster Golf. Photo: Niall O'Shea

Slievenamon's Kevin Purcell defied windy conditions to surge through the field and claim the Munster Mid Amateur Championship and his maiden Munster title by a shot at Gold Coast on Saturday.

He followed an opening 74 with a 68 to triumph by one shot from Dungarvan's Alan Thomas and Galway Bay's Eddie McCormack on two-under par.

Fermoy's Eoghan McCarthy was the only other golfer to break par in the afternoon round, carding a three-under 69 to finish fourth on one-over.

Purcell was seven shots behind after opening with a two-over 74 to McCormack's superb, course record 67 in the morning

But he was out first in the afternoon and raced to the turn in four-under 31 before further birdies at the 10th and 11th put him out in front.

While he would bogey the 14th, 15th and 16th, he made what turned out to be a crucial birdie four at the 18th to finish on two-under par.

Thomas (72, 71) took second place thanks to a three-under back nine, denying McCormack, who led by three shots from Kevin Stack after his first round 67 but shot 76 as the wind picked up.

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