Stuart Grehan is a man in form right now and he continued his hot streak with a strong start to the Wright-Morgan Championship on the PGA EuroPro Tour.
The Tullamore man, who won the recent Spey Valley Championship, fired five birdies and just one bogey in his opening round at Clevedon in a four-under 68 to sit in a share of 10th at the close of play.
Although he is inside the top-10, Grehan is already five shots off the lead held by Bath’s Josh Hilleard, who carded nine birdies – six of which came on his front nine – in a bogey-free nine-under 62.
The Englishman’s lead is just one shot over Sandiway’s Rhys Nevin, who opened with an eight-under 63, with Hanbury Manor’s Taylor Carter a shot further back after a 64.
There were also solid starts for PGA Catalunya’s Luke Donnelly, Whitehead’s John-Ross Galbraith and Dundalk’s Daniel Mulligan, who all signed for three-under 68s to lie just inside the top-20.
Donnelly’s round was particularly wild, starting with three birdies in his first four holes, throwing in double-bogeys at the sixth and ninth before finishing eagle-birdie to reach three-under-par.
Galway’s Ronan Mullarney and Ballymena’s Dermot McElroy – who is already assured of his place in the top-five in the Order of Merit and therefore a place on the Challenge Tour next season – both opened with level-par 71s, while Daniel Brennan carded a 73.