Ireland’s EuroPro contingent are quietly going about their business across the water as life goes on for those not teeing up in Lahinch this week.
After day one of the the Motocaddy Masters, it was Jonathan Caldwell and John Ross Galbraith who got away best from our perspective. Clandeboye pro Caldwell fired an eagle and three birdies on his way to a three-under par 69, the same score as Whitehead’s Galbraith who posted six birdies in efforts that see the pair just inside the top-20 heading into day two.
A shot further adrift, Limerick’s Tim Rice, Royal Dublin’s Niall Kearney and Kilkenny’s Luke Donnelly find themselves in a big tie for 33rd after all three posted two-under par 70’s, while St. Anne’s Cameron Raymond was the only other Irishman to break par after posting a solid one-under par 71 on the opening day.
The likes Cork’s John Hickey and Tullamore’s Stuart Grehan at plus-three are up against it if they’re to ensure they advance past the 36-hole cut.
At the top, Neil Fenwick (Dunbar Golf Club), James Allan (Chelmsford Golf Club) and Oliver Clarke (White Rose Management) are all tied for the lead on six under after the opening day at Macdonald Linden Hall.
On a day where the sun shined, it was Fenwick glowing early doors taking an initial lead away from amateur Matty Lamb with a round that included seven birdies only to be marked by a bogey on 18.
As the afternoon grew on, Allan and Clarke made a charge for the top with Allan going six under on his front nine with four birdies back to back in the mix whilst Clarke was five under thru his first nine holes after starting on the tenth.
Lamb (Hexham Golf Club/Golfing4Life) had a bogey-free round of 67, five under to be tied fourth going into day two with Sean Lawrie (Paul Lawrie Golf Centre), Andrew Wilson (Rockliffe Hall) and James Ross (Royal Burgess Golf Club).
Lawrie could’ve had an even stronger foothold if it wasn’t for a slip up on 18 that has proven tricky for many on day one. Meanwhile, Wilson who qualified for The Open yesterday carded six birdies. Ross was bogey-free.
Several players all carded rounds of 68 to be in the mix on four under including the Swedish duo of Mikael Lundberg (Lumine Golf Club) and Daniel Jennevret.
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