Tom Cleary claims Irish Senior Amateur
Tom Cleary raises his arms in victory at Irish Seniors Amateur <br>(Photo courtesy of Cashman Photography)</br>
Tom Cleary raises his arms in victory at Irish Seniors Amateur
(Photo courtesy of Cashman Photography)

ARDEE, IRE (May 20, 2016) - ​Cork's Tom Cleary won the Irish Seniors Amateur Open Championship at Ardee Golf Club today, his first ever national title.

A former East of Ireland champion, Cleary (62) finished two strokes clear of Arthur Pierse (Tipperary) on a 54 hole total of 221 (+8).

Conditions in Ardee proved testing as only one sub- par round was recorded over the whole championship, that by Pierse in his final round as he attempted to chase down his countryman.

"I'm very happy to win it. It's my first big one, I'm delighted to win, delighted." beamed Cleary immediately after signing his card.

Cleary's club mate from Cork Peter Cowley was also celebrating as his picked up the Over 70's prize, while Hugh Smyth from Mourne won the Over 65's. Scotland's Ian Brotherston claimed the Over 60's award.

Editors Note: Story by Golf Union of Ireland

ABOUT THE Irish Seniors Amateur Open

First played for in 1970 when the legendary Cecil Ewing (Co Sligo) won the title at Lahinch, this event has grown in strength and popularity since then. The Championship has proven to be a breeding ground for the Irish Seniors Home International Team and the European Seniors Team, as the recent list of winners proves.

This Championship attracts a quality entry from overseas, and no fewer than seven winners have come from outside of Ireland. Competitive entry process, but a handicap of 2.5-3.0 should get you in this 54 hole stroke play event.

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