Hugh Foley is best of the Irish after day one of the Jones Cup Invitational at Ocean Forest after a one-over 73 left him six shots off the pace.
Foley is part of a three pronged Irish attack that also includes Mark Power and Matt McClean with all three players included in the provisional 19-man Walker Cup panel for Great Britain and Ireland this year.
The Royal Dublin golfer started well with an opening birdie but stumbled with bogeys on the second, fourth and seventh holes.
Foley who became the first man to win the North and South of Ireland titles in the same year since Darren Clarke in 1990 last season rallied with three birdies in four holes after the turn but gave two shots back on 14 and 18 to settle for an early share of 23rd place.
US Mid-Am and Augusta National bound McClean is a shot further back on two-over after two late bogeys saw him slip back into the pack.
Kilkenny and Wake Forest man Power is struggling on five-over after thirteen pars and five bogeys.
The lead is held by University of Carolina student David Ford after a superb round of 67.
This is quite a prestigious event with an illustrious list of winners including Justin Thomas, Corey Conners, Patrick Reed and Luke List