Colm Moriarty earns Ulster PGA triumph at Hilton Templepatrick

Ulster PGA Champion Colm Moriarty [centre] with Hilton Templepatrick manager Paula Collins and Adrian Byrne, managing director HBE Risk Management
Ulster PGA Champion Colm Moriarty [centre] with Hilton Templepatrick manager Paula Collins and Adrian Byrne, managing director HBE Risk Management

Colm Moriarty cruised to a seven-shot victory in the Ulster PGA Championship at Hilton Templepatrick after a closing 70 on Thursday left him on nine under.

The Glasson pro led by three after his opening course-record equalling 65 in the 36-hole event and was never really challenged in the final round.

Blackwood's Ciaran Molloy, Elm Park's Dara Lernihan and Old Conna's Neil O'Briain shared second place.

Holder Niall Kearney was in a share of fifth on one under.

Kearney shared second place with Mark O'Sullivan after an opening round of 68 but they both lost ground on Thursday.

O'Sullivan's challenge faded early as he dropped three shots in his opening three holes and his 76 left him on level par.

Kearney started strongly with a birdie at the first but Moriarty hit back immediately with a birdie of his own at the second and never looked back.

The 35-year-old had a four-shot lead heading into the back nine and when Kearney dropped four shots at the 11th, 12th and 13th, Moriarty knew that the tournament was in his hands.

Former European Challenge Tour player Moriarty rounded off his victory in style by chipping in for an eagle on the 18th.

"It was trickier today with the gusting wind. I still played quite nicely but didn't do much wrong and gave myself a few chances here and there. It was nice to chip in for an eagle at the last," said Moriarty.

The next event on the PGA in Ireland circuit is the Irish PGA Championship at Adare Manor GC, in county Limerick on 2-5 October.

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