Grehan under par as weather curtails opening round of Tour Championship

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

Stuart Grehan leads the Irish charge after a weather impended opening day at the Matchroom Tour Championship in Lough Erne. 

The season-ending event will be the last ever tournament hosted by the EuroPro Tour after it announced it was to disband a fortnight ago. 

Grehan needs a high finish to try and push his way into the top-5 on the Order of Merit and secure a Challenge Tour card for next season and he is currently one-under through 14 holes, trailing James Frazer and Ryan Brooks (12 holes) by four strokes. 

The first round got underway just after 8am but was soon brought to a halt due to heavy rain and thunder in the air causing the tee times to be pushed back by over an hour. 

The Tullamore pro endured an up and down front nine carding three birdies and two bogeys including the par-5 9th to turn in one-under and that is where he remains after five successive pars before darkness brought play to a halt for the evening. 

The 29-year-old progressed to the Second Stage of DP World Tour Q-School two weeks ago and he has carried that form on here with birdies at the 2nd, 4th and 8th holes. 

Grehan currently sits 10th. 

Galway’s Ronan Mullarney was out in the early stages of day one and he is on two-over after a 74 while Challenge Tour promotion sealer Dermot McElroy is also on that mark through 13 holes of his first round. 

John Ross Galbraith is languishing in 58th place of the 60-man field after a nine-over 81. 

Scoring HERE

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