Clarke Wins at Clandeboye
Darren Clarke’s rich run of form left him out of pocket at the weekend… and the 34-year-old Ulsterman could not have been happier.
The Darren Clarke Foundation, which provides golfing opportunity and equipment to Irish youngsters, was the principal benefactor when the big man himself won the Benmore Developments Northern Island Masters.
“All my prize money went to the Foundation and I couldn’t have scripted it better than by winning the top prize,” said Clarke, who was making his Challenge Tour debut.
Jack Doherty, ISM’s latest recruit, showed his potential with a 15th place finish while Louis Oosthuizen was three spots higher as record Tour crowds flocked to see the new golfing initiative in Ulster.
Paul McGinley, who had won in Ireland the previous week, nearly made it a double when he finished second to South African Retief Goosen in the final Lancome Trophy in Paris.
ISM colleagues were all around as David Howell and Carlos Rodiles finished joint eighth while Simon Wakefield ensured his playing rights for next season by claiming 13th place.