LETTERKENNY GOLF CLUB’S Brendan McGrath was out of luck in this afternoon’s final of the Irish Open Matchplay at Carton House, in Maynooth, Co Kildare.
Five-handicapper McGrath produced a brilliant performance this morning to come through the semi-final against Declan Mullally (9) from Westmeah.
Having lost the first three holes, the Letterkenny native stormed back to win 3&2.
In the final this afternoon, which was broadcast live on Setanta Sports, five-handicapper McGrath had to give up eight shots and eventually lost against the experienced Pat Ryan (15) from Tipperary on a 2&1 scoreline.
Brendan McGrath (right) from Letterkenny Golf Club with his cousin from Carrick-on-Shannon, Gerard O’Donnell, who took part in the 80m hurdles at the European Indoor Athletics Championships in Prague earlier this year, pictured at Carton House in Maynooth this afternoon
Yesterday, McGrath, who is 32, defeated Tommy Lawless from Mayo, also on a 3&2 scoreline in the quarter-finals having enjoyed a resounding success over Alex Kenny (7) of Fermanagh, winning 6&4, in the morning.
“It was a great experience and I’m happy enough with how I played,” McGrath said this evening. “There’s a lot of pressure with the cameras there but I handled it well enough.
“It’s intense playing four rounds over the course of two days and it’s just steady golf. I lipped a couple of putts but it was a good weekend. I’ll be back to give it a go next year all going well.”
McGrath won the Donegal Matchplay Championships in July and in doing so represented the county in Kildare.