Tuesday 23 January 2018

In brief: Cunning's heroics thwart Torrance


American Mike Cunning fired a magnificent final-round 64 to win the OKI Castellón Senior Tour Championship as Boonchu Ruangkit sealed the 2010 European Senior Tour Order of Merit on a dramatic day in Spain.

Cunning had started the day three strokes behind joint overnight leaders Sam Torrance and Chris Williams but a titanic battle over the back nine saw him triumph, as a rare mistake from Torrance ended the Scot's challenge.

The 2002 Ryder Cup captain was one shot behind Cunning with two to play but pulled his approach shot to the 17th some 30 yards wide of the green. He then found the greenside bunker with his third shot and splashed out 20 yards past the hole, eventually making a bogey six, scuppering his hopes.

Instead it was Cunning who ended the season on a high, capturing his second Senior Tour title.


Ashbourne driver Peter Dempsey took his third victory in the Walter Hayes Trophy race at Silverstone yesterday, the season-closing race for Formula Ford 1600 in Britain.

The 24-year-old, twice the winner of the Dunlop Sexton Young Driver of the Year Award, was unbeaten all through the weekend, winning his heat and semi-final before leading the main race from start to finish.

Dempsey led two Ulster drivers home, with Ivor McCullough and former British champion Wayne Boyd taking second and third places respectively.

George Tracey dominated the Mondello Rallycross championship round in his Citroen Xsara, heading defending champion Tommy Graham's Fiesta in both the Supercar Final and the day's main race, the Super Final.


There was double success for Ulster sides Pegasus and Ards in yesterday's Irish Hockey League pool matches, as Loreto and Cork Harlequins crashed to defeat.

Former international Suzanne Beaney scored twice as Pegasus raced into a 3-0 lead in the opening quarter and although Loreto rallied with Ali Meeke getting on the scoresheet, they couldn't bridge the gap.

Pegasus now share top spot with Hermes in Pool A. Ards' 3-0 home win over Cork Harlequins left the Munster side stuck at the bottom of Pool B.


Roger Federer gave the home crowd something to shout about as he regained his Swiss Indoor title in Basle.

Federer saw off reigning champion Novak Djokovic 6-4 3-6 6-1. Neither player had dropped a set going into the final and something had to give as Federer broke to win the first set.

The Serbian hit back to take the second, but world No 2 Federer eased to victory in the third.

The win allows the Swiss player to move clear in fourth place in the list of titles won in the open area, this being his 65th, one more than Pete Sampras.

Irish Independent

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