Maynooth University’s Kate Dwyer showed her class as she tamed near-gale conditions in Rosslare to lead on her own after the first round of the Irish Intervarsity Championship.
Dwyer ended the day with a tremendous three-under 70, taking a one-shot lead from her fellow Maynooth team-mate and defending Intervarsity Champion, Aaron Marshall.
Dwyer turned in two-under 35 thanks to birdies at the first, third and fifth, offset by a solitary dropped shot at the ninth. She maintained her rock-solid disposition on the back nine with a birdie at the 12th and eight pars as the wind picked up to average speeds of 35kph.
Marshall, also playing in some of the highest winds of the day, made a terrific start to his title defence with a blistering finish of four under par for his last seven holes. It was a terrific recovery considering he had faltered to a double-bogey six at the 12th after a front nine of level par. His two-under 70 leaves him in solitary second one shot clear of Galway’s Brian McGuinness and his Maynooth team-mates Shane Irwin and Cathal MacCanna.
TU Dublin’s Tommy Smyth lies on level par while Maynooth’s Ryan Griffin and TCD’s Eoin Sullivan are one over.