Lightening halts Killeen’s pair exploits in Turkey

Brian Cosgrove (R) and Art O'Molloy of Killeen Golf Club discuss a shot on the PGA Sultan Course during day one of The Golfplan Insurance Pro Captain Challenge final at Antalya Golf Club on November 21, 2013 in Antalya, Turkey.
An Irish golf club was left wondering what might have been after weather disrupted the final round of the Golfplan Insurance PGA Pro-Captain Challenge in Turkey.

An Irish golf club was left wondering what might have been after weather disrupted the final round of the Golfplan Insurance PGA Pro-Captain Challenge in Turkey.

Killeen Golf Club, represented by PGA pro Brian Cosgrove and captain Art O’Molloy, carded a level par 71 at Antalya Golf Club to finish seven strokes behind joint winners Kedleston Park and Windermere.

But they were denied a chance of improving their overnight position when persistent thunder and lightning forced the final round of the £25,000 event, which is supported by Canopius, to be abandoned.

It meant with no chance of a play-off due to the weather, the joint overnight leaders were both awarded the title and Killeen had to settle for their first round score.

It was Killeen’s second appearance in a national final this year having reached the PGA National Pro-Am Championship at Gleneagles.

“It’s been a superb final and brilliant for Killeen Golf Club,” said O’Molloy.

“Standing on the first tee and having your name announced was special. I definitely had a few nerves and I think that showed in my performance but Brian has improved tremendously having had to cover for me!”

Cosgrove added: “This event is all about the captains and it’s been a really good experience meeting the other pros and captains and it has also been good for Killeen and has generated a lot of interest.

“I was lucky to reach the final in Gleneagles so to have had another opportunity in Turkey caps a memorable year.”