Master Donnelly


Former Ballycastle hurler Shaun Donnelly proved at Lurgan that he is as adept with golf clubs as he once was with the caman.

The Castle Hume head pro entered the history books as he became the first winner of the new Summer Masters' event.

Donnelly posted a two-under-par 68 after a mixed bag of birdies and bogeys, seven of the former and four of the latter, meaning that he had just seven pars on his card.

He began with birdie three after wedging to four feet but missed the next green to give back that shot to the course.

Back-to-back birdies, four and three, arrived at the fourth and fifth holes as he got down from 25 feet with two stabs at hole four and then rolled in a 20-footer at the next.

The winner duffed chips at both the sixth and 10th holes for bogey fives but rolled in his send 20-footer for birdie two at 12.

Another miscued chip for bogey five at 13 was followed by a sand-wedge to 25 feet from where he slotted in the putt. Donnelly then polished off his round with birdie four for two halves of 34.

He also led in the winning team of Castle Hume members Graham Veitch (11), Tom Grimsley (12) and Michael Kearney (16), on 95 points.

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