Good old Mr. Brennan best of Irish on day one at Donnington Grove

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Shannon’s Daniel Brennan fired an opening three-under par round of 69 to head the Irish challenge after day one of The Jessie May World Snooker Golf Championship at Donnington Grove.

Brennan carded five birdies and two bogeys in an opening effort that puts him in a tie for 11th ahead of round two, five shots back of Greg Dalziel’s lead.

Fresh off winning the Christy O’Connor Jnr trophy at the Irish challenge, Ballymena’s Dermot McElroy continued his good early season form, posting six birdies in a two-under 70 on Wednesday. Galway’s Ronan Mullarney and Tullamore’s Stuart Grehan were in a tie for 42nd at even while John Ross Galbraith (+1), Cameron Raymond (+3) and Eoin Leonard (+4) completed the Irish scoring.

It was Dalziel of Airdrie Golf Club who outplayed everyone on Wednesday, posting a round of 64 (-8) to hold a two-shot lead going into the second day at Donnington Grove.

Dalziel only got in the tournament through the Tour’s first-ever Monday Qualifier earlier this week and he certainly made the most of it on an opening round where he went out in 32 and in in 32 for a bogey-free day that sees him hold the advantage over Chris Lloyd (Hanbury Manor), James Allan (Chelmsford Golf Club) and Ben Ferguson (The Vines).

It was Lloyd who set the early pace on a course that has traditionally scored hard, going out in the second group of the day off the tenth tee. The three-time EuroPro winner will be looking to steal a march going into the second day and will be disappointed to not be even closer to the lead after suffering one blemish on the card.

Conditions overall seemed to favour some of the early starters but James Allan (Chelmsford Golf Club) bucked that trend of sitting with Ferguson and Lloyd at six under. Allan posted the best front nine of the day going out in 31 for five under eventually in the clubhouse at 66.

Thursday brings the second round of action from The Jessie May World Snooker Golf Championship at Donnington Grove where the cut currently sits at level par but with less wind and more humidity around the course, plenty of prying eyes will be keeping a close eye on that.

Highlights will be aired on Sky Sports from Tuesday 22, June at 6pm, with regular showings over the following days. The full listings can be found here.

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