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Grehan joins illustrious company by winning Mullingar Scratch Cup

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Grehan joins illustrious company by winning Mullingar Scratch Cup thumbnailStuart Grehan proudly displaying the Mullingar Scratch Cup after his big win on Monday.

STUART Grehan joined some very illustrious company when claiming a sensational win in the Mullingar Scratch Cup on Monday last.

The Tullamore golfer was close to the top of his game throughout the four rounds, posting a brilliant -15 total to win very comfortably.

He had four shots to spare over the runner up, his fellow Irish international Robin Dawson and his victory was never in danger in the closing round as he could afford the luxury of a somewhat sloppy victory.

That, however, didn't detract in the slightest from the brilliant Grehan's victory as he joined professional stars, Paul McGinley, Padraig Harrington, Rory Ilroy, Darren Clarke and Shane Lowry among the list of past winners - Shane Lowry's brother, Alan was the 2015 winner.

The Mullingar Scratch Cup is one of the most highly sought prizes on the Irish amateur golfing calendar and only comes behind the big championships such as the Irish amateur open and close, West, South and East of Ireland in terms of prestige.

It was a really comprehensive win for Grehan who really powered away from the field over the four days. He recorded four sub par rounds - a -5 67 in rounds 1 and 2, -4 68 in the third round and a -1 71 in the final round that would have been way better only for a double bogey 6 and a bogey 6 on his final two holes.

It was sensational golf by Grehan and he was ten shots ahead at one stage in the closing round. As it was, four shots represented a very comfortable victory from Dawson - the third placed, Geoff Lenehan was way back on -6 and there were just five players in all under par for the four rounds.

Banagher native, Joe Lyons, who plays in Galway, was joint 11th on +5, David Lowry of Corrstown (a native of Ferbaneand first cousin of Shane) was tied 13th on +6

Grehan, a former winner of the East and South of Ireland Championships, is now in the critical weeks of the season and he hopes to make the British and Irish Walker Cup team which will take on the USA in Los Angeles on September 9 and 10. Walker Cup selection is the pinnacle of amateur golf in the USA and Great Britain and Ireland, and Grehan was named on a preliminary panel earlier this year but is desperately chasing ranking points to make the final panel which will be announced shortly.

He is competing in the US Amateur Championship in Los Angeles next week and his performance here could dictate his fate.

Either way, he has had a sensational amateur career and the coming weeks could very well bring the curtain down on it as there will be a major temptation to turn professional and try and follow in the footsteps of his fellow Offaly man, Shane Lowry.

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