Irish AM: Egan opens with 70 after recovering from early double

Ronan MacNamara

Keith Egan (Photo by Charles McQuillan/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)

Carton House golfer Keith Egan capitalised on some good driving as he replied to an early double bogey with five birdies to open his Flogas Irish Men’s Amateur Open Championship with a 70.

Egan lies in a share of fourth on two-under-par and three shy of leader Harley Smith of England after he recovered from a double on the par-3 13th with birdies on 14 and 18. Three birdies in four holes on his way home moved the Dubliner into the mix and despite a bogey on the short 8th hole he was pleased with his effort.

“I was very solid especially tee to green, I was quite good. I didn’t really put myself under too much pressure today and I was very solid with the putter so I’m very pleased to be honest,” said the personal trainer.


“I got into a nice rhythm off the tee and put myself in perfect position and the greens are so pure here that once I gave myself a chance I fancied them and I capitalised. Five was the pick because I thought my tee shot might have been in a bit of bother and everyone knows on that hole you usually take four and get out of there. I had a good lie in the rough and hit a lovely shot in had a fifteen footer that was outside left, so that was my favourite one.”

Egan has made just three appearances so far this year so his expectations were understandably low with the focus on enjoyment rather than result.

“Not very high to be honest, because I have a mixed bag with this course. Because of how demanding it is off the tee and usually when we come here I’m not in great form so I had no expectations really, just trying to focus on my own golf, play as well as I can and enjoy it. The course is in such great condition that I enjoyed every bit of it.”

Life is good for Egan who has taken the reigns at the new Golf Strong facility in the Hermitage Golf Club which was set up by brand founder, Peter O’Keeffe in the last few weeks.

“Very good, it’s been a steady start to the Hermitage, just trying to get as many members involved in the hermitage as we can but it’s been great, the facilities are amazing. It’s perfect for a golf club and I think it will do really well. It’s helped me a lot doing personal training and classes, it’s helped my own fitness for golf.”

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