Garth McGimpsey, winner of the 2011 and 2012 Irish Seniors Amateur Close Championship
6 July 2012
McGimpsey Clinches Seniors
Clandeboye Golf Club, overlooking the town of Bangor, was the setting for Garth McGimpsey's second win in the Tourism Malaysia sponsored Irish Seniors Amateur Close Championship.
McGimpsey, a member at Bangor Golf Club, held a one shot lead over Billy Donlan of Birr going into the final 18 holes of the curtailed 36 hole championship. But it was Adrian Morrow of Portmarnock who would challenge McGimpsey, and in a nip and tuck final day, the two rivals were tied after 34 holes of golf.
On the index 18, par four 17th hole, both found the fairway with their drives. Morrow played into 25ft while McGimpsey applied pressure, giving himself a 3ft putt for birdie.
Morrow left his putt on the high side, and subsequently horse-shoed out with his par effort, leaving the easiest hole on the course with a bogey while McGimpsey duly holed out to take a two shot lead down the last.
Again both players found fairway off the tee, and Morrow had a glimmer of hope when McGimpsey's approach missed the green to the right, landing in a gorse bush. But it was the Bangor man's day when the ball hit the centre of the gorse and cam back out to lie in the rough, giving him a shot into the green. Morrow put his approach into the greenside bunker at the front left, and both made bogey fives to give McGimpsey a two shot win.
Nigel Duke (Killiney) won the over 60's trophy, Peter Cowley (Cork) won the over 65's and Hugh Mackeown (Portmarnock) won the Over 70's trophy.
Scores can be found by clicking here.
Fintan Buckley (President, GUI) present the Tourism Malaysia sponsores Irish Seniors Close Championship trophy to Garth McGimpsey (Bangor).On left is Brian McAdam (Captain, Clandeboye Golf Club).