Saturday 3 December 2016

Grehan leads Irish hopes

Published 04/08/2016 | 02:30

Stuart Grehan played well in tough conditions Photo: Pat Cashman
Stuart Grehan played well in tough conditions Photo: Pat Cashman

Stuart Grehan fired in a flawless three-under-par opening round of 69 in tough conditions to lead the Irish assault on the European Amateur Championship in Estonia.

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The Tullamore man holds a share of 13th place with compatriots Paul McBride (The Island) and Conor O'Rourke (Naas) a further stroke back after play had been delayed for almost two hours due to the threat of lightning.

Castle's Alex Gleeson and The Island's Kevin Le Blanc must improve if they are to make the cut after ending the opening day in tied 83rd on one-over par.

Meanwhile, former champion Arthur Pierse carded an impressive two-over-par total of 72 at Formby to go into the second day of the Seniors' Amateur Championship with a share of ninth place.

Tipperary icon Pierse, who tasted glory in the 2007 competition at Nairn, Scotland, finished day one three strokes behind joint leaders Randy Haag and Stefan Lindberg.

Elsewhere, Ireland were worked hard as they started the Ladies' Home Internationals with a 4.5-4.5 draw against England in Conwy.

The Irish contingent flew out of the blocks in North Wales as Curtis Cup star Olivia Mehaffey and Malone's Louise Coffey won their foursomes clash, while Lisburn's Paula Grant and Clandeboye's Jessica Ross also tasted success.

In the Boys' Home Internationals at Ballyliffin, Ireland battle it out with Wales today in a bid to avoid the wooden spoon after they were beaten 9-6 by holders Scotland.

Irish Independent

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