CIAN CURLEY'S two-under-par 70 saw him finish as the top Irish golfer on day one of the first stage of European Tour qualifying at Wychwood Park in Cheshire.
Lucan-born Curley completed his round with a birdie to end the day tied for fifth, two shots off the lead held by Sweden's Nils Floren.
British Amateur champion Alan Dunbar is seven adrift after shooting a three-over 75, which included two birdies and five bogeys. Waterville's David Higgins shot a level-par 72, while Clandeboye's Jonathan Caldwell and Donal Gleeson both carded 74s.
In qualifying at Fleesensee in Germany, Royal Dublin's Niall Kearney recorded five birdies in an excellent opening three-under 69, which put him joint 15th, five strokes off the lead.
Athenry's Shane Franklin and Stephen Grant of The Heritage both came home in 76, the former's round featuring a forgettable triple-bogey seven.
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