First win of the season for Moriarty in Masters Pro-Am

Colm Moriarty. Photo: Julian Herbert/Getty Images

Colm Moriarty. Photo: Julian Herbert/Getty Images

Athlone-based golf professional Colm Moriarty (Drive Golf Performance ) put any lingering Irish PGA Championship disappointment behind him by powering to success in the Slieve Russell Masters Pro-Am on Tuesday.

Moriarty carded a fantastic final round 66 to claim first prize ahead of Brendan McGovern (Headfort GC ), David Higgins (Waterville GC ) and overnight leader Simon Thornton (Simon Thornton Golf ) at the County Cavan venue.

After opening his challenge on Monday with a one under par 71, Moriarty made sedate progress through nine holes of his second round before catching fire around the turn.

“I started at the 10th and I hit a lot of good shots in and around the hole, but I just wasn’t making the putts but then from the 18th on, I birdied seven of the next eight,” said the 38-year-old.

“I got on a roll, got into a bit of a groove and holed a few putts. It all happened very quickly and all seemed very easy at that stage.”

It was a very different story last Sunday, when Colm finished second behind Tim Rice in the Irish PGA Championship.

“I was a bit frustated on Sunday at Moyvalley. I hit a lot of good shots but I suppose Tim had made such a great start [he was four under through four] that you were kind of under pressure to get going,” added Colm, who will play the Milltown Pro-Am on July 2 before travelling to Portstewart to compete in the DDF Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation.

“I played very well today to be honest. I haven’t played a lot this year, so it’s nice to get a bit of confidence going by shooting a couple of decent rounds.”

As an added bonus, Colm also guided his amateur partners of Padraig Donoghue, Catrina Cunningham, and Brian Cunningham to victory in the team event with a two round total of 183.

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