Tom Murray seals play-off win at Mount Wolseley

England's Tom Murray winner of the Volopa Irish Challenge at Mount Wolseley Hotel Spa and Golf Resort
England's Tom Murray winner of the Volopa Irish Challenge at Mount Wolseley Hotel Spa and Golf Resort

Tom Murray holed two massive putts at the 18th, one in regulation play and one on the second play-off hole, to secure a dramatic maiden European Challenge Tour title at the Volopa Irish Challenge hosted by Mount Wolseley Hotel Spa and Golf Resort.

The Englishman edged out Italian Nino Bertasio at the pristine Carlow venue.

“It’s kind of surreal right now but it’s what I’ve been working for,” said the 25 year old.

“I had a couple of good days working at home and mentally preparing for this. Mentally I was in a much better place and to get a first win is big.”

Michael McGeady and Ruaidhri McGee finished as the best placed Irish contenders on five under par, with Chris Selfridge a shot further back on four under.

“I was pretty much in control, a little bit nervous obviously, but I just kept saying to myself, keep positive, over every shot, so that kept me in my own little bubble,” added Murray.

Bertasio, meanwhile, had to settle for a runner-up spot after a two under final round 70, but he made a significant move up the Road to Oman Rankings as a result, from 101st to 47th.

Englishman Gary Boyd had cause for celebration despite missing out on a play-off as he virtually secured graduation to The Euro Tour for next year

His compatriot and former Amateur Champion Garrick Porteous sealed his best result of the season with a fourth place finish.