Rowan Lester fired six birdies in a blemish-free 66 wallops to the clubhouse to head a roaring Irish challenge at the St Andrews Links Trophy in Scotland.
The Hermitage golfer finds himself in a share of third at six-under par, two back of the leaders after a day of hot scoring at the home of golf’s Jubilee Course.
One shot behind Lester is Douglas’ Peter O’Keeffe and Mallow’s James Sugrue after the pair got off to superb starts with five-under par 67s to sit in a share of 8th overnight.
Massereene’s Tiarnan McLarnon and Portmarnock’s Conor Purcell have also started brightly with the Irish internationals in a share of 14th at minus-four.
That was the same score as Galway’s Ronan Mullarney who enjoyed the highlight of the day, a stunning hole-in-one at the par-3 ninth on his way to a memorable 68.
Dundalk’s Caolan Raffery found four birdies in his three-under par 69 that sees the 26-year old sharing 24th after a solid opening. While Oughterard’s Devin Morley is just one shot further adrift after recovering from a double bogey at the first for a gutsy two-under 70.
With a whole host of Irish raiders in action, Forrest Little’s Jack McDonnell is at level par while defending champion, John Murphy from Kinsale is alongside Warrenpoint’s Colm Campbell at plus-one.
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