Marshall shares lead as Maynooth start strong in Spain

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Aaron Marshall of NUI Maynooth (Photo by Octavio Passos/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)

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Maynooth University’s Aaron Marshall carded a three-under par round of 69 to grab a share of the lead after the opening day of the latest R&A Student Series event in Spain.

Off the back of an invaluable three day training camp with top programme coaches Donal Scott, Johnny Foster and Noel Fox, the Lisburn golfer signed for four birdies and just one bogey to match Englishman Adam Charlton after the opening day at Infinitum Golf.

Just five players broke par after day one but three of them hailed from the Paddy Harrington programme at Maynooth, with Athenry’s David Kitt and Carton House’s Eoin Sullivan tied alongside each other at one-under.

Both players were steady on Tuesday, carding two birdies each and dropping just one shot each to trail by two strokes

Simon Walker and Ryan Griffin were just inside the top-10 in a share of tenth at one-over while Allan Hill, Harry Gillivan and Jordan Boles were all at plus-two.

In the Women’s event, Maynooth’s Kate Dwyer flies the flag for Ireland and sits five back of the early pace set by England’s Abbi Rowlands and Welshwoman Darcey Harry.

Dwyer shares third at three-over after carding three birdies but also two bogeys and two doubles in an opening 74.

The top players after the Tour Series: Spain will qualify for The R&A Student Tour Series Final on 4-6 April 2022 taking place over Dumbarnie Links, Castle Course and Jubilee Course in St Andrews.

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