Keeling in control at Ballybunion

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Sean Keeling holds a four stroke lead after Day One of the Flogas Irish Boys’ Amateur Open Championship at Ballybunion Golf Club.

The Roganstown golfer carded seven birdies on his way to shooting a five-under round of 66 to separate himself from the field.

“Got off to a nice start, three birdies early on settled me into the day. Didn’t really make any mistakes going around. Approach play was fairly good, gave myself a lot of looks and took advantage of that, so pretty happy with the start”, said the 2023 Junior Ryder Cup star.

The inaugural Flogas Irish Boys’ Amateur Open Championship is being contested on the Old Course at Ballybunion Golf Club in Kerry and today the weather held up, with Keeling commenting after his round, “conditions were pretty good, probably won’t get much better than that, especially the first nine holes. The wind is getting up a little bit now but yeah it’s quite nice”

With two rounds of stroke play remaining, there is still a lot of golf yet to be played. Cian McDonnell (Monkstown) is solo second, four back on one-under par, but Keeling is maintaining his focus on the task at hand.

“Just try and go out and do the same again, just stick to what I know and just keep playing my game” he said looking ahead to Thursday’s second round.

Tee times and scoring for the next round of the Flogas Irish Boys’ Amateur Open Championship can be found by clicking here

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