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Athlone's O'Connor wins Ulster Mid Am

​Two stroke victory for Thomas O'Connor (Athlone) at Rossapenna

  • 09 October 2018

Photo: Eamonn O'Connor Imm Past Chairman GUI UB presents trophy to Thomas O'Connor (Athlone), image courtesy of Ulster Golf

​On a weekend where most amateur golf attention was focused on the AIG National Finals at Thurles another gathering of elite golfers was underway in the North West coastline, at Rossapoenna to be exact.

Rounds 1 & 3 were played on the Old Tom Morris Links with Round 2 on Sandy Hills.

Frank Casey Jnr, playing on his home course, was seeking to defend the title he won in 2017.

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With a field of 60 playing 2 rounds on Saturday 6 October, fading daylight prevented the completion of the second round. Day 2 started therefore with the remaining group in round 2, completing their round. All 4 players qualified to play in the next round but one chose to withdraw, much to the consternation of his playing partners.

Day 2 was totally different to day 1, with high winds and heavy rain showers affecting scoring throughout the day.

Thomas O'Connor was 4 strokes behind going into the final 18 holes but a creditable score, in the conditions, of 77 was enough to win by 2 strokes. Scores of 69 and 72 led the way in rounds 1 & 2 but Thomas's score of 77 was the best in round 3, reflecting the change in conditions.

The 2017 Champion Frank Casey Jnr was runner up