Six share the lead at the AIG Irish Men’s Close

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Six share the lead at the AIG Irish Men’s Close

Keith Egan (Carton House during round 1 of the AIG Irish Men's Amateur Close Championship 2021, Tullamore Golf Club, Tullamore, Co. Offaly, Ireland. 13/08/2021 Picture: Golffile | Thos Caffrey

Six players share the lead after Round 1 of the AIG Irish Men’s Amateur Close Championship at Tullamore GC.

Robert Moran (Castle), Paul Coughlan (Castleknock), Robert Abernethy (Dun Laoghaire), Ross Halpin (Dun Laoghaire), Keith Egan (Carton House) and Jack McDonnell (Forrest Little) all share the lead on -3.

The packed leaderboard sees 16 players under par, including 2021 champion Hugh Foley on -1. Moran’s round consisted of seven birdies and four bogeys, and the Castle golfer’s -3 on the back-nine saw him shoot up the leaderboard.

Coughlan’s round saw the Castleknock golfer record four birdies and a bogey on an impressive scorecard at the Offaly venue. Dun Laoghaire duo Abernethy and Halpin took different routes to their -3 total. Abernethy’s round included an eagle and three birdies, while Halpin birdied six of the holes.

Both Egan and McDonnell bogeyed 18 to slip back to -3. The bogey on the final hole was the Forrest Little golfers only blemish on an otherwise perfect card.

Six further players lie a shot back, including last year’s Irish Boy’s Champion Sam Murphy and Carton House’s Paul O’Hanlon. 2020 champion Foley looked on course to lead after the opening round, and at reached -5 at the turn, but signed for an opening 69.

The top 40 players and ties, will make the half way cut at the conclusion on Saturday’s Round 2.

67 R Moran (Castle Golf Club); P Coughlan (Castleknock Golf Club); R Abernethy (Dun Laoghaire Golf Club); R Halpin (Dun Laoghaire Golf Club); K Egan (Carton House Golf Club); J Mc Donnell (Forrest Little Golf Club)  
68 A Hickey (Galway Bay Golf Club); S Mc Dermott (Slieve Russell Golf Club); S Murphy (Portumna Golf Club); A Ryan (Thurles Golf Club); P O’Hanlon (Carton House Golf Club); C Butler (Kinsale Golf Club)  
69 A Hill (Athenry Golf Club); D Shiel (Powerscourt Golf Club); R Cannon (Balbriggan Golf Club); H Foley (Royal Dublin Golf Club)  
70 K Murphy (Dun Laoghaire Golf Club); S Doyle (Athlone Golf Club); F Kennedy (The Island Golf Club); I Lynch (Rosslare Golf Club); P O’Keeffe (Douglas Golf Club); M Shiel (Galway Bay Golf Club); C Harkin (Letterkenny Golf Club); C Rafferty (Dundalk Golf Club); T Finnegan (Co. Sligo Golf Club); C Hickey (Dooks Golf Club); J Egan (Muskerry Golf Club); S O’Connell (Athenry Golf Club); H Gillivan (Westport Golf Club)  
71 M McClean (Malone Golf Club); J Law (East Cork Golf Club); L Abom (Edmondstown Golf Club); R Griffin (Ballybofey & Stranorlar GC); A Marshall (Lisburn Golf Club); M Boucher (Carton House Golf Club); N Carroll (Athlone Golf Club); A Fahy (Dun Laoghaire Golf Club); J Hood (Galgorm Castle Golf Club); T Ford (Co. Sligo Golf Club); E Sullivan (Carton House Golf Club); R Knightly (Royal Dublin Golf Club); R Latimer (Knock Golf Club)  
72 P Keeling (Roganstown Golf Club); E Farrell (Ardee Golf Club); K McCarron (North West Golf Club); P Buckley (Cork Golf Club); D McCormack (Corrstown Golf Club); Q Carew (Edenderry Golf Club); G Dunne (Co. Louth Golf Club); M Cain (Cork Golf Club); E Murphy (Dundalk Golf Club); C Ryan (Dun Laoghaire Golf Club); C Geraghty (Laytown & Bettystown GC); E Griffin (Waterford Golf Club); J Whelan (Grange Golf Club); J Blake (The Island Golf Club); P Conroy (Enniscorthy Golf Club); A Smith (Mullingar Golf Club)  
73 D McNicholl (Westmanstown Golf Club); L O’Neill (Connemara Golf Club); E Marsden (Tullamore Golf Club); S Cunningham (Esker Hills Golf Club); G Collins (Rosslare Golf Club); R Galligan (Elm Park Golf Club); M Deasy (Douglas Golf Club); D Kitt (Athenry Golf Club); E O’Donnell (Tralee Golf Club); G Bohill (Co. Louth Golf Club); T Abom (Edmondstown Golf Club); L Nolan (Galway Golf Club); B Best (Rathmore Golf Club); H O’Hare (Fortwilliam Golf Club); R Williamson (Holywood Golf Club); J Lyons (Galway Golf Club); D Marshall (Mount Wolseley Golf Club); S Desmond (Monkstown Golf Club); D Connellan (St. Anne’s Golf Club); J Hanney (The Island Golf Club)  
74 A Mulholland (Castlerock Golf Club); T Plunkett (Crover House Golf Club); T Dowdall (Woodbrook Golf Club); K Robinson (Castlewarden Golf Club); C Rabbette (Esker Hills Golf Club); A McCormack (Castletroy Golf Club); D O’Riordan (Fermoy Golf Club); T O’Connor (Athlone Golf Club); C Plower (Galway Bay Golf Club); J Doherty (Carton House Golf Club); D Flynn (Carton House Golf Club)  
75 J Kiely (Castleknock Golf Club); J Mackin (Dundalk Golf Club); G Callaghan (Co. Louth Golf Club); S Miskelly (Knock Golf Club); J Walsh (Douglas Golf Club); S Downes (Royal Dublin Golf Club); K Patton (Lisburn Golf Club); J Fletcher (Warrenpoint Golf Club); D Morgan (Carton House Golf Club); B Bermingham (Carton House Golf Club)  
76 R Walsh Jr (Douglas Golf Club); M Kennedy (Royal Dublin Golf Club); J Fox (Portmarnock Golf Club); P Tobin (Douglas Golf Club); A Collins (Laytown & Bettystown GC); R McCrudden (Royal Portrush Golf Club); A Hiney (Moate Golf Club); S Egan Jr. (Tullamore Golf Club); S Walker (Roscommon Golf Club)
77 E Shipp (Headfort Golf Club); L O’Connor (Edmondstown Golf Club); J Gourley (Shandon Park Golf Club); P O’Hara (Kilkenny Golf Club); C Cooley (Belvoir Park Golf Club); D Keating (Seapoint Golf Club); M Kelly (Naas Golf Club)  
78 D Muldowney (Carton House Golf Club); K Murray (Arklow Golf Club); M Giles (Greenore Golf Club); S Riordan (Muskerry Golf Club); F O’Sullivan (Tralee Golf Club); R McCormack (Palmerstown House Estate Golf Club)  
79 N McCann (Lurgan Golf Club); N Hearns (Mountrath Golf Club)  
80 S Kenneally (Kinsale Golf Club); O O’Brien (Thurles Golf Club); J Boles (Charleville Golf Club)  
81 E Stack (Ballybunion Golf Club); A Doherty (Corrstown Golf Club); J Gibson (Fintona Golf Club)  
RTD D McAleenon (Edenmore Golf Club)

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