A former Mayor of Killarney has made an effortless switch from local politics to international golf and he has just registered a sensational play-off victory in the stableford category of the RSM European Play-off Series at Stratford-on-Avon Golf Club in England.
Tom Doherty came from behind in a very close-fought match against defending champion Miroslav Halmo of Slovakia.
Sixteen EDGA players with a disability – eight in the stableford and eight in the net category – qualified to play in the second annual tournament.
After many twists and turns, the two players both had opportunities to win the title at the 18th hole but had to settle for a half on the final green after the pressure tolled.
At the first extra hole, Tom Doherty, originally from Tiernaboul and now living at St Anne’s Road, lagged a stunning 40-foot uphill putt stone-dead to force victory over Miroslav who had run him so close.
A delighted Tom said: “This was a great match and Miroslav and I fought hard but enjoyed plenty of smiles”.
He added: “I missed a short putt to win on the 18th but then on the 19th I looked at the shamrock I had drawn on my ball and thought that I could somehow find some Irish luck.
“This was a privilege to represent Killarney and Ireland in this excellent international event,” said Tom (pictured).
The three-day event brought European nationalities together and raised awareness for golf as a great sport for anyone looking for a positive new activity.
The membership and staff at Stratford-on-Avon GC provided a wonderful venue for the week.
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