Galicia Open


World Cup wnner John Walsh (Ireland) completely dominated the inaugural Galicia Open. The Collins, Co. Cork player, who has already won the Dutch Open this season fired another 47 in Sunday's final round. That gave the 1997 Irish Strokeplay and 2002 Irish Matchplay champion a 23 under par total of 139 and a nine shot winning margin. 2002 Irish Strokeplay winner Liam O'Donovan (Bruff) closed with a Sunday 50 to finish second on 148 for the 54 holes. Galicia's own Jorge Rodriguez Sarmiento (closest challenger to Walsh after 18 holes) shot a final round 49 to just pip another Irishman Kieran Earls for third slot on the tiebreaker (they were level on 151). Next on 152 were dual World Cup winner Marc LLoret (Catalonia) and reigning European Strokeplay champion Ian Farrelly.

Dutch ace Herma Kleinlugtenbeld was a runaway winner of the ladies event when she returned 53 on Sunday for a 167 aggregate. Herma is now the second most successful lady all-time in international opens after this, her fifth victory. Ireland supplied the junior and senior champions. Young Shane Murphy finished in style with a 51 for 159, a total matched by John Murphy, who scored 52 in the final round to take over 55 laurels.

John Walsh took a six shot overnight lead into Sunday at Pazo da Touza. A single shot clear of Jorge Rodriguez Sarmiento after a brilliant opening 45, Walsh shot a 47 second 18 on Saturday for a 16 under par total of 92. Ireland's Liam O'Donovan was second on 98 after 36 holes. Another Irishman Kieran Earls was third on 101 while Ian Farrelly scored 102, as did Rodriguez Sarmiento and Juan Carlos Iglesias.

Ireland's David Ahern, who won Friday's Matchplay warm up, was tied 9th on 105.