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Grehan returns to form with scorching 65 at Diamond X Open

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Stuart Grehan rediscovered the form that made him one of Ireland’s most exciting amateurs to fire a six-under par 65 on the opening day of the EuroPro Tour’s Diamond X Open at Cumberwell Park.

The Tullamore professional recovered from an early bogey to blast seven birdies in an effort that sees him share seventh overnight after a hot scoring day in England.

Ballymena’s Dermot McElroy was another to take full advantage of conditions, enjoying five birdies in a bogey free effort that puts him in a share of 16th at minus-five.

Headfort pair, Joe Dillon and Brian Casey were joined by Royal Dublin’s Niall Kearney in signing for four-under par 67’s on day one.

Clandeboye’s Jonathan Caldwell is a shot further adrift after posting a three-under 68 while West Cliff’s Brendan McCarroll’s two-under 69 was probably around par for the day given his score sees him sharing 65th overnight.

Indeed, it was a day of low numbers across the board as Lawrence Allan, Luke Joy and Sam Locke all went nine under to tie for the lead after round one.

Allan of Alva Golf Club had a bogey-free round of 62 including two eagles to put him at the top with Joy from Remedy Oak/Yas Links Abu Dhabi who posted eight birdies and an eagle to start his account for the week. Meanwhile, Sam Locke (Paul Lawrie Golf Centre) put ten birdies on the board to put himself right in the mix.

Two shots back are Oliver Clarke of White Rose Sport Management, Rocco Sanjust from Tenuta Di Petrolo and Robert Harrhy (Frilford Heath Golf Club) with Clarke going bogey-free on 64 and Sanjust only dropping one shot with four birdies on the front nine and the same for the back. Harrhy was also unblemished for his round.

Over 100 went under par on their opening rounds making it an interesting prospect going into day two where the cut to the top-50 plus ties will be made after 36 holes.

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