Golf: O’Hagan claims Sunday Open at City of Derry

Jim O’Hagan (20) was steadiness personified at City of Derry on Sunday as he carded a nett 69 to win the Open Stroke by two clear shots.

Tuesday, 19th May 2015, 3:47 pm
City of Derry President, Maurice Quigg (third from the right), presents the Travellers' Trophy Salver to 2015 winner Eugene Dunbar (North-West). Also in the picture are Stephen Wray (Portadown), Brendan Coyle (North West), Andy Meenagh, Tournament Organiser and Willie Barrett Tournament Official.

Out in the worst of the weather Jim made light of the conditions to record his first victory of the season.

Second place on a tie break on nett 71 was Ronan Coyle (9) who having dropped eight shots on his first nine made a remarkable recovery to only drop one shot to par on the back nine.

It was Ronan’s third prize in six weeks having two victories previously to his name already this season. Stuart McClelland (7) had two 39’s for his 78 gross to take the third prize. Stephen McKeegan (3) racked up another gross prize with his 76.

Seamus Given (19) was the man best able to master the blustery conditions that the field faced in the Dermot McDermott Cup that was played on Saturday in Prehen.

Seamus had a very solid 40 points in the very difficult conditions, with 21 of them coming on his front nine.

Despite a triple bogey at the long 14th and blanking the 16th hole he still managed 19 points on the back nine for his winning score.

Second place went to the fast improving Darren Thompson (11), who scored 38 points but needed a tie break to clinch his place. Gregory Oates (22) finished in third place having blanked no less than three holes and still managed to score his 38 points.

Ernie Heywood (1) had a real topsy turvy round dropping eight shots but still finished only one over par after carding seven birdies as well and took the best gross on 35 points.

Meanwhile scoring 33 points on the final day of the 38th Michael Doherty Tour at Santa Ponsa, North-West Golf Club member, Eugene Dunbar, held off all his challengers to claim the 38th tour with 143 points.

And by doing so the 15 handicapper bridged a gap of 21 years gap having claimed the trophy when a member of the Highgate Club in London back in 1994.

Fellow Lisfannon member, Brendan Coyle (11), finished one point behind and almost pipped Dunbar when returning 36 points on what was probably the hottest day of any of the previous 37 tours.

Full results were - 1, Eugene Dunbar (15), North-West, 143 points; 2, Brendan Coyle (11), North-West, 142; 3, Stephen Wray (11), Portadown, 140; 4, Paul O’Doherty (8), Greencastle, 138 and 5, George Pearson (21), City of Derry, 138.

The top two teams were - 1, Brian McClure, Karl Doherty, Maurice Quigg and Danny McCloskey with 344 points; 2, Tommy McBride, Eugene Dunbar, Sean McKane amd Michael Gault with 335 points.

The top three places on the final day’s competition at Santa Ponsa were 1, Stephen Wray, 40 points; 2, after a break of tie finish was Sean McKane, 36; 3, Kevin Barrett, City of Derry 36.