McBride recovers from late stumble to spearhead Irish charge
Dublin teenager Paul McBride led the Irish charge in the first round of the Portuguese Amateur Championship in Lisbon.
The 18-year-old junior international, who plays at The Island Club, fired a level-par 72 at the Montado course to put himself in a strong position to challenge.
He goes into round two this morning five strokes behind leader Joao Calota of the host nation and four adrift of Italian Renato Paratore.
McBride went out in one-under-par 35, a stretch which included eight pars and a birdie four on the seventh.
Things were going well for the Irish teenager until the middle of the homeward stretch when he dropped four strokes in three holes from the 13th. However, he rallied to finish with two birdies in the last three holes to cap a respectable round.
Meanwhile, Lucan's plus-five handicapper Richard O'Donovan would have been disappointed with his showing after carding a 78.
After a disastrous start with an eight at the first, he followed up with a double-bogey seven on the second as he made his way to the turn in 41. O'Donovan managed just two birdies and he will want to get back on track today.
Belvoir Park's Harry Diamond kept himself in touch with a steady 73, while Robin Dawson, despite three consecutive birdies after the turn, finished on 74.