Wednesday 28 September 2016

Ireland's Paul Dunne six off the lead in US Amateur Championships

Published 18/08/2015 | 08:02

Ireland's Paul Dunne carded a one-over-par in the first round of the US Amateur Championships
Ireland's Paul Dunne carded a one-over-par in the first round of the US Amateur Championships

Ireland's Paul Dunne carded a one-over-par 71 on day one of the US Amateur Championships at Olympia Fields in Illinois.

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The 22-year-old fired birdies on the first, sixth and 16th holes, but was undone by bogeys on the fifth, 11th, 14th and 18th.

Dunne, who shot to prominence last month when he held a share of the lead after 54 holes at the 144th Open Championship, sits six shots behind America's Matt NeSmith, the clubhouse leader on five under.

Another Irishman, Gary Hurley shot a two-over par 72, as did Northern Ireland's Cormac Sharvin, while Scotland's Grant Forrest posted 74 with England's Henry Smart three shots further back on 77.

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