Reigning PGA professional champion, David Higgins, has retained his Irish Club Professional crown at stunning Dromoland Castle.

Ray Maguire, of Citroen, presents David Higgins with his trophy at Dromoland Castle. Photo by Brian Arthur

Ray Maguire, of Citroen, presents David Higgins with his trophy at Dromoland Castle. Photo by Brian Arthur

The Waterville man produced a composed display in testing conditions to win the event by three shots. His second round level par 72 included just one birdie on the par five fourth, and one bogey on the par three 17th as he finished on 144 for 36 holes.

“I was delighted with that. With it being so windy there was a disaster around every corner so I kept it steady and kept the big numbers off my card,” said the 44-year-old. “

It was a great couple of days, fantastic weather and a spectacular setting for the course which was set up tough. It played a bit ‘linksy’ which was right up my alley. Considering the course set-up and the high winds, I was delighted to shoot level par.”

Four players finished in a share of joint second, Colm Moriarty (Drive Golf Performance), Richard Kilpatrick (Banbridge), Brian McElhinney (North West) and Eamonn Brady (Clontarf Golf Club).