Brennan and Grehan best of Irish at Studley Wood

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Daniel Brennan and Stuart Grehan carded four-under par 69’s to head the Irish challenge on an opening day of hot scoring at Studley Wood.

Shannon’s Brennan and Tullamore’s Grehan both carded six birdies and two bogeys in their first round efforts, only good enough for a tie for 36th as players went low in Oxford.

None more so than Josh Hilleard who will take a two-shot advantage going into the second day after posting an opening round of 62 for a magnificent 11 under first round tally.


Hilleard was bogey-free for his efforts as he took out his back nine in 30 after starting on the tenth tee in one of the earlier morning groups to head out. The Golfing4Life golfer’s pièce de résistance came on his last hole (the ninth) eagling the 532-yard par-5 to set the standard.

Whitehead’s John Ross Galbraith was eight shots back despite carding a three-under 70, currently trailing in a tie for 63rd place. Cork’s John Hickey and West Cliff’s Brendan McCarroll both signed for red numbers at one-under while Dermot McElroy, currently fourth on the Order of Merit, was stuck in a share of 111th at even.

Order of Merit leader Mitch Waite sits at eight under with Bailey Gill. Waite (Filton Golf Club) kept things steady after a bogey started his round to keep pace whilst Gill (Lindrick Golf Club) will rue some missed changes with two bogies on the card along with eight birdies and an eagle on the card.

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Highlights from The Studley Wood Championship at Studley Wood Golf Club will air on Sky Sports Golf on Tuesday 14, September at 6pm with several other showings scheduled. See the full where to watch guide here.

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