Lawlor warms up with a win

Brendan Lawlor

Brendan Lawlor warmed up for his opening event on the European Disabled Gofers Tour this week by taking Sunday’s Singles Stableford competition which was in aid of the 3Ts charity and was also a qualifier for the Harry Walsh Cup which is confined to those players with a handicapper of 17 or higher.

Playing off one, Lawlor shot 41pts in perfect conditions and took the overall prize on countback thanks to a blistering back nine of 24 points. He also returned the day’s best gross score of 40pts. Lawlor went through the first nine holes in two over par for 16pts after missing a few short putts and only managing one birdie. But it all clicked on the homeward nine with a birdie on 10 kick-starting his round and he had a great spell from the 13th when he birdied four successive holes and then missed for 10 feet on 17 for a fifth. However, he picked up his seventh birdie of the day on the 18th for a six-under par back nine of 24pts.

Lawlor’s back nine edged out Robert O’Hanlon (7) and Ciaran Dunne (13) but they took Categories 1 and 2 respectively while Conor McClenaghan (21) was the winner of Category 3 and the leading qualifier for the Harry Walsh Cup. Fionn Cunningham (25) had the day’s best Juvenile score with 40pts.

Lawlor now heads to France this weekend for his first event on the European Disabled Golfers Tour looking to improve on his current ranking of third in the world. On May 8, he will be at the Hillside Golf Club on Merseyside after being invited to the PRO-AM which will take place on the eve of the European Tour’s British Masters which is being hosted this year by Ryder Cup star Tommy Fleetwood.

Sunday, April 21 – 3Ts Singles Stableford and Harry Walsh Qualifier – Overall: Brendan Lawlor (1) 41/24pts, Category: 1 (0-11): Robert O’ Hanlon (7) 41pts, Frank Byrne (8) 37pts. Category 2 (12-17): Ciaran Dunne (13) 41pts, Brendan Duffy (12) 39pts. Category: 3 (18+): Conor McClenaghan (21) 40pts, Ciaran McAteer (20) 39pts. Best Gross: Brendan Lawlor 40pts. Best Juvenile: Fionn Cunningham (25) 40pts.