Galway’s Ronan Mullarney cruised to victory in the 2018 Modest! Golf Northern Ireland Amateur Open, sponsored by Specsavers Ballymena and Cleveland Srixon at Galgorm Castle today and with it claimed a spot in the Northern Ireland Open on the European Challenge Tour (16-19 August).
Mullarney, a Paddy Harrington scholar at Maynooth University won by three shots over Jack McDonnell (Forrest Little 68,68), with Galgorm Castle’s own Michael Reid (70,71) finishing a shot further back in third place thanks to a better afternoon card ahead of Ardglass’ Adam Mulhall (68,69).
The Galway man kept it simple today and it paid dividends, “My strategy was simple, kept it out of the water, the rough, the trees and I holed few putts”.
Mullarney was part of the International Palmer Cup side that was defeated by the USA at Evian Resort, France two weeks ago and is relishing the opportunity to tee it up with the pros in the NI Open.
“The invite to the NI Open was the real reason for playing here today, I really wanted to play in a professional event this year and I’m delighted to secure my place in the NI Open”.
Mullarney will draw on some advice from fellow Paddy Harrington scholar and Galgorm Castle member Jordan Hood in the build up the the NI Open but already feels at home in ballymena,
“The course really suited my eye and I knew yesterday that I liked the place, it’s not a millions miles from my home course, probably a little bit longer although there are quite a few wedge shots and I’m comfortable with my wedges”.
Entry to the NI Open is free, simply register online at www.niopen.golf.
NORTHERN IRELAND AMATEUR OPEN 2018 RESULTS
CSS ROUND 1 – 71 | CSS ROUND 2 – 72
1ST Ronan Mullarney (Galway) 133 – £250.00
2ND Jack McDonnell (Forrest Little) 136 – £200.00
3RD Michael Reid (Galgorm Castle) 137 BL18 – £125.00
1ST Adam Barr (Ballymena) 137 – £50.00
2nd Lee Williams (Fairhaven) 142 BB9 – £25.00
AM Adam Mulhall (Ardglass) 68 – £25.00
PM Robert Moran (Castle) 69 BB9 – £25.00
AM Damien McCusker (Moyola Park) – £25.00
PM Ethan Campbell (Cairndhu) 70 – £25.00