Eagles among the highlights on day one of G4D @ The West

Mark McGowan

Brendan Lawlor plays to the 17th at County Sligo Golf Club. Photo: David Lloyd / Golffile.

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Brendan Lawlor’s maiden visit to County Sligo Golf Club saw day one end with a three-over 74 that sees him take a three-stroke lead at the halfway stage of the ISPS HANDA G4D @ The West.

The undoubted highlight moment of the day came on the fifth hole of the Alan Gaynor and Lawlor pairing, when both players made eagle in what is likely a first occurrence this week so far.

Lawlor’s 74, which featured three birdies along with the eagle, also included a triple-bogey seven at the index one 7th hole, and sees the Dundalk man three clear of home favourite Gaynor.

Gaynor enjoys a four shot lead over third-placed Cian Arthurs at +10, with a further four strokes to the next best player.

“It was lovely out there, quite breezy from the start. Few high points, few low points,” said Lawlor.

“I didn’t get off to a flyer, +2 after four holes. I had a lovely eagle on five which was a high point to the round but I had a triple bogey on seven followed up by two bogeys.

“I was +5 after the front nine and shot -2 coming back in, so +3 for the tournament, so delighted.”


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