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Kavanagh creates history by winning Irish Club Professional Tournament
Arklow GC, Noel o'Byrne (vice captain); Arklow GC, Chris Davitt (president); Hazel Kavanagh and Michael McCumiskey, Secretary PGA in Ireland.

Hazel Kavanagh (Carr Golf Services) produced a late birdie blitz to claim an historic victory at the PGA Irish Club Professional Tournament in association with The Down Syndrome Centre.

The former Ladies European Tour competitor, now in the second year of her PGA studies, carded a five under par 64 at Arklow Golf Club to edge out Michael McDermott (Pure Golf Leopardstown) by a shot.

“I've been pleased with my form of late and finished tied for seventh at the recent K Club Pro-am. I was reasonably content to be tied for 10 after the opening round which was played in tough conditions. I thought that a decent round might get me into the top five,” said Kavanagh.

“I'm absolutely thrilled to win the tournament, I can't believe it.”

Playing alongside McDermott, the pair became involved in something of a personal duel over the back nine with Kavanagh's run of four birdies in the closing four holes securing a remarkable victory.

McDermott, with birdies at nine, 10, 15 and 16 edged ahead of his opponent with two holes to play but Kavanagh refused to buckle and levelled things up with a birdie at 17 before rolling in a 10 footer on 18 to wrap up victory.

“The conditions were much better today which obviously helped and I putted really, really well,” added Kavanagh who is based at the Spawell Golf Centre in Dublin.

Overnight leaders, David Ryan (Cahir Park GC) and Jimmy Bolger (Kilkenny GC) slipped back today finishing tied for third and tied for sixth respectively.


PGA Irish Club Professional Tournament

in association with The Down Syndrome Centre
leading scores

1 Hazel Kavanagh (Carr Golf Services) 73/64  -1

2 Michael McDermott (Pure Golf Leopardstown) 73/65  level

3 Cian McNamara (Monkstown GC)  71/69 +2

- David Ryan (Cahir Park GC) 70/70 +2

- Brendan McGovern (Headfort GC) 71/69 +2

6 Peter Jones (Coollattin GC) 72/69 +3

- Jimmy Bolger (Kilkenny GC) 70/71 +3

8 Ciaran Molloy (Blackwood Golf Centre) 72/70 +4

- James Quinlivan (Mullingar GC) 71/71 +4

10 Mark Staunton (Delgany GC) 77/66 +5

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