FOR the third time in the relatively short history of the event, Deerpark’s Damien Fleming won an Irish International Open in Seapoint today as he managed to converted a 36 hole lead of two strokes into an eventual win by the same margin from both Ray Murphy and Frank Ryan. Fleming had led overnight with 18 under but it turned into a tight tussle on the back nine between both Murphy and himself as the two players tied on 21 under par.
Further birdies followed as the two players went to the last hole with nothing between them as Fleming secured the birdie that would eventually give him the title with a score of 23 under par. Murphy bogeyed the last hole but still managed to hold off Frank Ryan for second on countback after both had finished on 21 under. Ryan had closed with a final 18 of seven under par. Padraic Sarsfield shared the joint lowest round of the day, nine under, with Ryston’s Sean Harkins as it elevated him to fourth overall on 20 under par. Despite sharing second overnight Darren Fagan from the host club had to settle for fifth overall on 19 under.
The Ladies section was won by Portmarnock’s Geraldine Ward for the first time with a score of 14 under par as Chrissie Byrne claimed the Ladies Grade one prize with eight under and Audrey Donnelly of McBride won the Ladies Grade Two prize with a score of 190. Esther De Schiffart won the overseas Ladies section with seven under par, with Abby Nachson of Catalonia claiming second with 174.
Evan Carry was a convincing winner of the first ever U-16 section with a 54 hole total of 16 under par, nine clear of Glenn Towler in second. The Overseas prize was won by Catalan Alex Albinana Bril on 13 under par with John Frederick Evans second. Dennis Monaghan would claim the Senior 0-55’s prize with a score of 14 under by two strokes from Johnny Campbell Snr.
Click on the above link for the full list of scores as well as the prize-winners from the internal PPUI Handicap Categories.
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