Ray Murphy proved his Pitch and Putt pedigree yet again at Orvelte. The Irish colossus won the Dutch Open for the third time. A 47 final round gave the ten time Irish champion a 54 hole aggregate of 23 under par 139. Ray finished just a single stroke ahead of Marcel Ahuis' phenomenal performance. Marcel closed with a 48 for his 140 tally. Former two time Irish Open champion Damien Fleming fired a Sunday 45 to place 3rd on 143, five clear of fellow Irishman Trevor Ahern in 4th. Dutch player Stephan Van Den Berg finished 5th on 152.

There was an exciting finish to the ladies open. Liz Bloem (Ireland) was round in 56 on Sunday to tie on level par overall with Herma Klenlugtenbeld (57). Liz won the play-off. Ireland's Jim Ahern returned a carefully played level par 54 on Sunday to win the senior event. Jim's three round 154 was just a couple clear of fellow Irish player Joe Flanagan. Michael Van Zijl was junior winner on 182.

A tie at the top with a round to go in the Dutch open at Orvelte. Marcel Ahuis fired a fabulous nine under par second round of 45 to post 92 (-16) for 36 holes. That left the Dutchman on the same mark as Irish legend Ray Murphy (46+46). The pair enjoyed a four shot advantage over two other Irish players, Trevor Ahern (round in 46 on Saturday afternoon) and Ronan Callanan, who carded two steady rounds of 48. Two prolific ladies open winners dominate the ladies event. Herma Kleinlugtenbeld of Holland was the leader on 105, a single shot clear of Liz Bloem. Jim Ahern of the Collins club in Cork, Ireland led the senior open on 8 under par 100, one stroke clear of fellow Irishman Joe Flanagan from Glenville in Dublin.

Sunday Tee Times

An eight under par opening round of 46 gave Ray Murphy of Ireland the 18 hole lead at the Dutch Open. Dutchman Marcel Ahuis was just a single shot behind at Orvelte. Herma Kleinlugtenbeld of Holland carded 52 to head the ladies field. Ireland's Liz Bloem was on 53. Dutchman Fred Pachter shot a fine 50 to be best senior heading into Saturday afternoon's second round.

Ireland's Ray Murphy won the warm-up Friday Matchplay event on the eve of the Dutch Open at Orvelte. The St. Anne's player defeated fellow Irishman Dave Ahern in the final.

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