McClements digs deep to secure Irish Mid-Amateur

Kevin McIntyre (President Elect, GUI) presenting Tony McClements (Hollywood) with the 2015 Irish Mid Amateur Open Championship trophy after his victory at New Forest Golf Club. Also in the picture are Conor McGuinness (Vice Captain, New Forest Golf Club) and John Cunningham (President, New Forest Golf Club)
Kevin McIntyre (President Elect, GUI) presenting Tony McClements (Hollywood) with the 2015 Irish Mid Amateur Open Championship trophy after his victory at New Forest Golf Club. Also in the picture are Conor McGuinness (Vice Captain, New Forest Golf Club) and John Cunningham (President, New Forest Golf Club)

Holywood’s Tony McClements battled tough conditions to claim victory at the Irish Mid-Amateur Open Championship at New Forest Golf Club.

One shot behind overnight leader Joe Lyons (Galway), McClements reached the turn in level par and then hung on over the back nine.

His nearest challenger on the day turned out to be Slievenamon’s Michael Barrett, but after picking up a shot at the 17th, McClements had a three-shot lead.

He missed the fairway left off the 18th tee, and played back onto the fairway before pitching to 20 feet.

Barrett made a regulation four, leaving McClements with three putts to win, which he duly took.

Niall Gorey (Palmerstown Stud) and Alan Condren (Greystones) finished a shot further back from Barrett on 12 over in tied third position, ahead of Lyons, who finished fifth on 13 over.

Irish Mid-Amateur Open Championship

At New Forest Golf Club

20-21 June 2015

Final Scores

226 Tony McClements (Holywood) 75 72 79

227 Michael Barrett (Slievenamon Golf Club) 73 74 80

228 Alan Condren (Greystones) 75 77 76, Niall Gorey (Palmerstown Stud) 71 80 77

229 Joe Lyons (Galway) 70 76 83

231 Dave O’Donovan (Muskerry) 75 75 81, Paul Flynn (Tramore) 74 84 73, Peter Kirby (Dun Laoghaire) 71 77 83

232 Simon Miskelly (Knock) 76 77 79, Joe Crangle (Fortwilliam) 75 77 80

233 Ronan Maher (Mullingar) 74 81 78, Fergal Kennedy (The Island) 73 82 78

235 Ciaran Campbell (Carton House) 87 71 77, Peter Sheehan (Ballybunion) 83 71 81, Declan McInerney (Lahinch) 75 81 79, Gus Fitzpatrick (Naas) 75 78 82

236 Dara Bruen (Castlerea) 77 77 82, John O’Brien (Castlemartyr) 75 76 85, Keith Daniels (Loughrea) 72 78 86

238 Tony Cleary (Woodstock Golf Club) 78 79 81

239 Joe Bernie (Athenry) 80 80 79

240 Derek Ronan (New Ross) 81 78 81, Paul Reilly (Co. Louth) 77 80 83

241 Paul O’Connor (Malahide) 75 81 85

242 Mark Clifford (Lucan) 84 79 79, Barry Forsyth (Corballis Links Golf Club) 83 79 80, Peter McNeill (Woodbrook) 78 78 86

243 Aidan Maguire (Headfort) 82 79 82, Trevor Dooley (Forrest Little.) 80 81 82, Thomas Hogan (Headfort) 79 82 82

244 Damien O’Driscoll (Newlands) 80 76 88, Frank Flynn (Laytown & Bettystown) 78 81 85, Darragh Smith (Malahide) 76 84 84

245 Barry Wilde (Balbriggan) 80 79 86

249 Shane Corr (Mannan Castle) 83 80 86

251 Brian Murphy (Delgany) 78 85 88

NR Paul Burke (Mullingar) 74 85 NR, Kevin Condren (Greystones) 77 83 NR, Diarmuid Linehan (Muskerry) 86 77 NR