Simon Bryan’s round of 70 sees the Druids Heath man top the Irish octet competing at Terre dei Consoli Golf Club just north of Rome in the Alps Tour’s First Qualifying Stage.
Having succesfully navigated Q-School in late 2020, Bryan competed in most of the 2021 and 2022 Alps Tour events, but has yet to really make his mark on the tour, but he’s taken a big-step to advancing through the 36-hole preliminary qualifier and joining the 156-man field in next week’s Final Stage.
Three birdies, an eagle, a bogey and a double-bogey all appeared on his card, but his -2 tally leaves him tied for fourth after day one and anything around the level-par mark should be comfortably enough to see him advance.
Next best of the Irish is Kilkenny man Luke Donnelly, though he’ll be quite disappointed to have signed for a one-over 73 having stood on the 11th tee at three-under.
AJ McCabe is one shot further adrift in a tie for 23rd, and still well within touching distance with amateur Jake Rowe at +3 sitting on the bubble after day one.
Brandon St. John, at +6 is still in with a chance but he’ll need a round in the 60s on day two if he’d to give himself a chance, but it looks as though Ken Goodwin, Jake Foley and Andrew Browne are all too far back.