McGeady targets stunning hat-trick
Derry native Michael McGeady is aiming to make it a hat-trick of victories at the Walled City of Derry & Strabane Pro-Am when it gets under way on Saturday.
The Evolve Golf Coaching pro has won the last two editions of the tournament and will be hoping he can make it three-in-a-row at his home event his weekend.
One of the biggest events on the Irish circuit, the tournament, which is sponsored by Bishop's Gate Hotel and Frylite, will see 52 teams of one professional and three amateurs go head-to-head across City of Derry and Strabane Golf Clubs in the two-day event.
Challenging McGeady for the individual professionals' title will be the likes of Irish PGA champion Simon Thornton (Tulfarris) and Colm Moriarty (Glasson), while other local names such as Strabane quartet Seamus Duffy, Shaun Devenney, Brian McElhinney and Lynn McCool will be keen to pick up the €15,000 prize on offer.
"We are now in the final countdown to this tournament, which is always superbly supported," said Michael McCumiskey, the PGA in Ireland's regional manager.
"This is a prestigious title and the guaranteed prize pot of €15,000 will also heighten tension for the professionals while the amateurs battle it out alongside their pro for the team prize."
• Cormac Sharvin (Ardglass) is two shots off the lead at the Rolex Trophy on the Challenge Tour after a four-under 68 in his opening round at the Golf Club de Geneve in Switzerland.
The 26-year-old fired an eagle and two birdies in a bogey-free round that has him two behind the leading trio of Martin Simonsen (Denmark), Ben Stow (England) and Adrian Meronk (Poland).
On the EuroPro Tour, all three Ulstermen are struggling to make the cut at the MacDonald Hill Valley Hotel Golf & Spa Championship in Shropshire.
John-Ross Galbraith is best placed at one-over, however Dermot McElroy (Ballymena) is at four-over and Jonathan Caldwell (Clandeboye) is five-over, well adrift of early leaders Mitch Waite and Sean Towndrow (both England), who are both at six-under.
At the Irish Under-16 Boys Open at Donabate, the Ulster challenge is led by Joshua Hill (Galgorm Castle) and Bailey Wilson (Warrenpoint), who both carded level par 71s in their first rounds to sit two off early leaders Thomas Higgins (Roscommon) and Paraic McGrath (Cregmore Park).