Moran picks up where he left off with fast start at SA Stroke Play

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Robert Moran (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

Castle’s Robert Moran continued his bright start to the season with a superb opening round of four-under 68 at the South African Stroke Play Championship at Randpark Golf Club.

The Dubliner, who enjoyed a top-5 finish at last week’s African Amateur, carded six birdies and an eagle on day one on the Firethorn Course but also dropped four shots to be sitting in a tie for 9th overnight, five shots back of Altin Van der Merwe’s nine-under par lead with Christiaan Mass a further shot back in second after some impressive scoring.

Carton House’s Marc Boucher, who struggled last week, was next best of the Irish after a much improved one-under 71 that included two birdies and just one bogey to leave him on the edge of the top-30 heading into day two.

Galway’s Liam Nolan, who enjoyed an eighth place finish last week at Leopard Creek, had a mixed bag that included four birdies and four bogeys in an even par start to be sitting tied-44th.

Malone’s Matthew McClean, who tied 12th last week, produced three birdies but a few too many mistakes in a two-over 74 while Bray’s Alan Fahy completed the Irish scoring after signing for a 76.


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