by Ronan MacNamara
Michael McDermott by Golffile
Michael McDermott and Conor Murtagh were the top dogs at the Taylormade Winter Series at Portmarnock Links as the players were treated to the ideal day weather wise.
Having taken part in the competition the recent cold spell certainly played its part in making the course play very long off the back sticks with temperatures not rising above 6 degrees Celsius.
Grange Golf Club professional, Michael McDermott took top honours in the nett competition as his 69 nett was enough to see off Paul McBride of the Island and Deer Park’s Simon Booth.
McDermott turned in one-under par before adding two more birdies at the 13th and 16th. He dropped his second shot of the day at the final hole but got it in the house at two-under par and it was enough to win his first Winter Series win this season.
Murtagh (+2.6) from The Island, put his links experience to good use as he finished the day with a two-under 69 to win the gross prize.
Murtagh turned in one-under par after three opening birdies. He hammered home his advantage as he roared to the clubhouse with birdies on the 13th, 14th and 16th holes. Despite two double-bogeys at the fifth and 18th he was still able to win by the minimum from Limerick’s Tim Rice (70) and Naas’ Jonathan Yates (71) in another tough but competitive day at Portmarnock.