Keith Egan leads after the opening day of the AIG Irish Men’s Amateur Close in Headfort. The Carton House golfer tops the leaderboard on -5, one clear of Royal Dublin’s Max Kennedy.
Egan began the day on the tenth hole, and had a bogey-free 33 to go to the turn on -3. A double-bogey on the fourth (Egan’s 13th) was the only blemish on a card that recorded seven birdies.
Confidence is high for Egan after he shot a 63 on Carton House’s O’Meara Course last week, and was named this week on the Leinster Interprovincial team.
“I played extremely well, tee-to-green, and I’m very happy overall with the round. I holed a 25-footer on the third hole which is was the highlight of the round because I was in a little bit of of trouble there”
“My dad Alan caddied for me, which is especially important around this course. He helped me with reassurance on certain decisions off the tee”.
Kennedy leads the chasing pack on -4, after a round that included five birdies and a solitary bogey. There is a four-way tie for third place on -2, that includes Ireland international Matthew McClean. The Malone golfer is joined by Elm Park’s Charlie Denvir, Seapoint’s Dylan Keating and Clandeboye’s Ross Latimer.
Only ten players finished the day under par with Lisburn duo Christopher Moulds and Ryan Symington joining Elm Park’ Jake Foley and Woodbrook’s Tom Dowdall on -1.
Defending champion Peter O’Keeffe shot an opening round of 76, but remains on course to qualify for the Match Play rounds, where the top-64 will be in action from Monday morning.
The event counts as the final tournament in the Men’s Bridgestone Tour with 14 players in with a chance of winning the Order of Merit.