Grehan in the groove again at Scottish Masters

Stuart Grehan (Photo By Seb Daly/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Tullamore’s Stuart Grehan continued to ride on the crest of a wave, backing up his maiden victory on the EuroPro Tour with an opening four-under par round of 66 at the Eagle Orchid Scottish Masters.

Up to ninth on the Order of Merit where the top-5 at year’s end earn Challenge Tour promotion, Grehan looks to be timing his late season run to perfection, firing six birdies en route to his four-under tally.

That left Grehan in a share of 14th place at the end of the day, after dropping shots on the 15th and 17th holes, a composed birdie at the last ensured dinner would taste all the sweeter after another fine EuroPro showing.

“It would mean a lot to get onto the Challenge Tour. I have had a tough couple of years and it would mean so much to get there,” Grehan said after beating Dermot McElroy to the title last time out at the Spey Valley Championship.

McElroy is also back in action this week in Scotland and carded four birdies in a three-under 67 to also make a fine start.

Now second in the Order of Merit, McElroy’s Challenge Tour card looks all but assured but he’ll be leaving nothing to chance with just two events remaining before the Tour Championship.

Meanwhile, Limerick’s Tim Rice was alongside McElroy after signing for five birdies in his 67. Galway’s Ronan Mullarney was at two-under after a decent opening day while Whitehead’s John Ross Galbraith and Cork’s John Hickey also reached the clubhouse in the red at minus-one.

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