Grant, Hogan in Lytham mix
THE seven-strong Irish international contingent hoping to end a 28-year winless run in the Lytham Trophy were upstaged by two of their compatriots who had to make their own way to the Fylde coast.
Nicky Grant and Andy Hogan posted contrasting cards of level-par 70s to end the day four shots behind first-round leader and home favourite Tommy Fleetwood, the Walker Cup player.
Grant, from Knock, ran up six birdies cancelled out by as many bogies. Hogan was not quite as inconsistent, the 21-year-old Newlands man dropping two strokes on the fourth and leaking two more on the home stretch, having set off with three birdies in the first seven holes.
Paul Dunne, at 17 the youngest of the Irish players, picked up strokes on the 16th and 18th to repair some of the damage caused by a quadruple bogey eight at the sixth. His 74 was matched by Alan Dunbar.
Joining him on the same mark was 2009 Willie Gill Order of Merit winner Paul Cutler, Luke Lennon and Dara Lernihan.
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