Douglas amateur Sean Reddy is best placed of the Irish quartet on the Toro Tour after the opening round at San Roque Golf.
Two bogeys on the opening nine were followed by four in succession to start the inward loop, but he responded with birdies on the 14th and 17th holes to sign for a four-over round of 76, leaving him tied 17th overall and T8 in the Amateur Class.
Portarlington’s Karl McCormack is a shot further back on +5. The pro birdied two holes on the front nine, but these were offset by a double-bogey six on the par 4 second hole. Things took a turn for the worse on the back nine, however, and he’d bogey three in succession after the turn, and add two more at 15 and 16 to post +5, good for a tie for 10th in the Professional Class and a tie for 20th overall.
Letterkenny amateur Jamie Foley shot +9, carding just one birdie with a triple and a double-bogey thrown in, leaving him T20 in the amateur division, but Fota Island’s Ronan Collins had a day to forget and lies T48.
Conditions were extremely testing, particularly on the back nine, and just four of the 50 who teed it up broke par.
Englishman Harvey Byers leads the way after an impressive round of -5, carding just one bogey and playing the tough closing nine in two-under.
He leads the chasing trio by three, and they’re comprised of fellow Englishman Max Berrisford, Swiss Alessandro Nosseda and Nicolas Lavarone from South Africa, all of whom shot one-under.
Berrisford leads the Amateur Class, one stroke ahead of countryman Alexander Ford.
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