Walker rolls back the years in Winter Series

by Ronan MacNamara  

Leslie Walker by Golffile

Leslie Walker outshone the likes of Paul Dunne, Cormac Sharvin and Brendan Lawlor to win the nett prize in the latest Taylormade Winter Series at Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links.

The Dundalk professional shot a 70 nett and was the only man to shoot under-par while Clontarf pro Eoin O’Brien took the gross prize with a 71.

The sun was shining on the links on Tuesday with a cool southerly breeze ensuring the course bared its teeth once again for the 90-strong field.

Walker got off to a flying start quickly moving to two-under through six holes after birdies on 3 and 6 but dropped a shot on the ninth.

The former Grange GC man came home in level-par despite a dropped shot on the 18th. Birdies on 12 and 14 cancelled out a bogey on the 13th as he signed for a 70 gross and nett.

DP World Tour and Challenge Tour pro Cormac Sharvin was in a pairing with fellow tour pro Paul Dunne and he got the better of the Greystones man with a 72 nett. The Ardglass man was solid if not spectacular carding 15 pars, two bogeys and a birdie to take 2nd in the nett category.

Louth’s Brendan Lawlor is among the prizes again after he took third prize with a 72 nett. The EDGA golfer turned in level-par after a birdie on the 1st and a bogey on the third before coming home in one-over.

Lawlor endured a rocky period in the middle of his inward nine dropping shots on 13 and 15 but finished strongly with a birdie on 16 and two closing pars as he played the difficult homeward stretch well.

It was a tight race for the gross prize with O’Brien holding off Royal Dublin duo Richard Knightly and Hugh Foley by one shot with a 71.

After turning in one-over O’Brien put together a superb back nine of eight pars and a birdie on 14 to finish on level-par for the day.

Knightly and Foley played together and spurred each other on with the former finishing second on a countback. Knightly had an eventful back nine. After a birdie on 11 he gave two back on 12 before dropping another shot on 17.

He secured second place with a closing birdie.

Foley also finished with a birdie on 18 but a costly triple bogey on 13 left him with too much to do to win the gross. After turning in one-under the West of Ireland champion moved to two-under with a birdie on 11 before he dropped four shots in two holes.

A bogey on twelve was followed by an eight on the par-5 13th. But he recovered on 18 as his fine start to 2022 continues.


1st:         Leslie Walker (Pro)          Dundalk GC        70

2nd:        Cormac Sharvin (Pro)     Ardglass GC        72

3rd:          Brendan Lawlor (Pro)     Carton House    72


1st:        Eoin O’Brien (Pro)             Clontarf GC         71

2nd:       Richard Knightly (+4.5)    Royal Dublin       72

3rd:       Hugh Foley (+5.8)              Royal Dublin       72


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