Moran and Nolan best of Irish after day one at African Amateur

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Moran and Nolan best of Irish after day one at African Amateur

Robert Moran (Photo by David Cannon/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)

Five Irish hopefuls made the trip to Leopard Creek Country Club for this week’s African Amateur Stroke Play with Robert Moran and Liam Nolan faring best of the raiding quintet on day one in Malelane.

The pair each carded two-over par opening rounds of 74 with Castle’s Moran posting four birdies, four bogeys and a double on Monday while Galway’s Nolan signed for two birdies, two bogeys and a double of his own.

At two-over par, the pair lead the Irish challenge, albeit from a tie for 17th and seven shots back of joint-leaders, South African Yurav Premlall and England’s Zachary Chegwidden atop the board at five-under.

Given a lack of game-time for the Irish over winter, Bray’s Alan Fahy also made a solid if unspectacular start, carding four birdies in a three-over 75. He sits alongside Malone’s Matthew McClean in a tie for 25th after McClean managed just one birdie on Monday.

And completing the Irish scoring was Carton House’s Marc Boucher who struggled to a five-over 77 with two birdies but also two sevens on his card.

The African Amateur Championship unsurprisingly is played over 72-holes of stroke play.

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