Maynooth University’s Ryan Griffin sits third after day one of the FISU World University Championship in Torino.
Griffin carded a four-under 68 and trails South Korea’s Yubin Jang by two shots overnight.
The Ballybofey and Stranorlar man was bogey-free on day one with three birdies in four holes around the turn being complimented by a fourth birdie of the day on the par-5 15th.
Griffin has enjoyed a stellar 2022, winning an R&A Student Tour Series event while he also showed well in the final group of the Flogas Irish Men’s Amateur Open Championship in the Island earlier this year.
The Donegal native will be looking to push on for the next three days and he loves the Royal Park Golf Course so far.
“The course is absolutely beautiful I’m amazed how soft it is with the weather you would imagine it would be firm and bouncy but no you are able to hit into the flags perfect and the greens are rolling around 12 so it’s beautiful.”
Simon Walker is in a share of 24th on two-over after an opening 74 while Roscommon’s Allan Hill is a distant six-over after a 78 and he would have been well fancied for the South of Ireland Championship in Lahinch this week if the clash could have been avoided.
Anna Dawson leads the Irish charge in the women’s draw after a six-over 78 while Kate Dwyer and Clodagh Walsh are twelve and eighteen-over respectively.
In the men’s draw Ireland are in a share of fifth place on an aggregate score of two-under and four shy of Korea while the girls in green are eleventh out of twelve.
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