There was fantastic news for Athlone-based golfer Colm Moriarty last week when he won his first ever tournament as a professional.
Rounds of 68, 70 and 72 for a final total of 210 (6 under par) was enough to give Colm the Wensum Valley International title by a margin of two shots in the UK and for his efforts he picked up a cheque for 10,000 pounds sterling. He finished two shots ahead of Englishman Nick Walker.
It’s a brilliant change of fortune for the likeable Athlone man (who represents the Glasson Golf and Country Club on tour) following two lean years on the Challenge Tour. In fact last year he lost all his playing credentials and this year is relying on invitations.
In an exclusive interview for The Roscommon People in March Colm told me that he had returned to his long-time coach Brendan McDaid which he found a great boost to his confidence and that he was very hopeful that he would have a big year in 2007.
After last week’s win Colm will be playing in a Challenge Tour event in Toulouse this weekend and is keeping his fingers crossed that he will get an invitation to play in the Irish Open in Adare at the end of the month. Colm has finished in the top twenty in the past two Irish Opens.
Last weel Colm opened the tournament with a 4 under par 68 and followed up with a two under par 70 to lead the field by five heading into the final round where a solid level par round of 72 saw him win by two.
Speaking after he won Colm said “I’m thrilled to win at last. I have had a hard time over the past two years but thankfully it’s coming right now.
“I’m looking forward to the rest of the year now and hopefully I can get in to Adare and take it from there.”
Colm is coming into form at just the right time and he will now be hopeful that he can secure a tour card for next season. Before that he has the major Challenge Tour event in Glasson in August to look forward to and many other major challenges too.