|Jim Murphy CEO PREM Group, winner Marco Penge, and (right) John O'Grady GM Tulfarris|
PENGE WINS PREM GROUP IRISH MASTERS AT TULFARRIS HOTEL GOLF RESORT
Marco Penge’s long-awaited search for a victory on the PGA EuroPro Tour has ended clinching The PREM Group Irish Masters title at Tulfarris Hotel and Golf Resort (Blessington, Co. Wicklow, Ireland).
Penge (Golf at Goodwood) finished one clear on the final day with rounds of 66, 67 and 71 to move to second in the Race To Desert Spring rankings.
A maiden victory on the Tour has been close many times already this season for Penge but he finally prevailed in Ireland. He said: “I’m over the moon. A bit emotional and speechless. But yeah, I am buzzing.”
“I played this course last year and I was in a great position to win and I didn’t get it across the line. I hit it pretty good this week. It’s still not quite where I want it. My putting saved me today thank god after missing a two-footer earlier on.”
Alasdair Plumb (Host My House) didn’t make life easy for Penge though, with a final round of 67 (-5) to go with his earlier 70 and 68 to give him his first top three finish on the tour in only his fifth event of the season.
Clubhouse leader from round one, Adam Chapman (Windermere Golf Club) recovered from a bad day on Thursday to post a final day round of 65 (-7) for the best round of the day to finish third.
Tom Gandy (Rowany Golf Club) had a good final day too to push him well into the top 60 in the Race to Desert Springs rankings with rounds of 70, 70 and 68 to tie for fourth with Nick Watson. Watson of Stoke Rochford Golf Club was one under and eight under overall.
The highest place Irishmen were Simon Thornton (Tulfarris Hotel and Golf Resort) on his home course finishing tied for fifteenth on three-under with Michael Hoey (Galgorm Golf Resort and Spa) and George Woolgar (GFC)
CEO of PREM Group, Jim Murphy said, “What a fantastic tournament and huge congratulations to Marco Penge who was a very deserving winner. I would like to thank the EuroPro Tour and our own team here at Tulfarris Hotel and Golf Resort for their hard work and passion. Tulfarris is a very special place and we look forward to seeing The Sky Sports highlights programme which features all the exciting play as well as showcasing our resort and the stunning Wicklow landscape. It’s incredible to think that, through the TV coverage of this tournament, our brand and property will be seen in over 500 million homes in 138 countries.”
See more about tournament here. Stephen Hunt and Niall Quinn played in the Pro-Am.