Matthew McClean is the best of the Irish at the European Nations Championship after a sluggish opening day for the Men and Women in Green in Sotogrande.
Fresh off a bright performance at the Masters a fortnight ago, despite missing the cut, the Malone native shares 12th place after a one-under 71.
The US Mid-Amateur champion trails England’s John Gough by four shots. The highlight of his round was three birdies in a row from the sixth.
Douglas’ Peter O’Keeffe shares 53rd after a six-over 78 while Rob Moran and Joshua Hill are a shot further back in 61st.
Ireland are languishing in 14th in the 17-team competition in the men’s section.
Scratch Cup specialist Emma Fleming was drafted in late to the Women’s side and she leads the Irish charge after a four-over 76.
The Elm Park golfer is in a share of 20th place with Katie Poots on six-over and Aideen Walsh on nine-over.
Things aren’t looking much better for the girls in green as they share 8th place on ten-over, twelve shots shy of Finland.
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