McElroy looks to step up gear in Scotland
Ballymena teenager Dermot McElroy made a solid start to his glory bid in the Scottish Open Stroke-Play Championship at Kilmarnock (Barassie) yesterday -- but he will still have to step up a gear today if he is to survive the halfway cut.
The Great Britain and Ireland St Andrews Trophy squad member, who will be 19 later this month, fired a highly creditable one-over-par 74 after an excellent homeward half of 34.
That left him nine strokes off the pace set by South African Hayden Porteous, who had two eagles in his round.
Going out McElroy struggled a little and suffered two double bogeys, but he was in inspirational form coming home with an eagle three on the long 12th being the highlight when he canned a long putt.
If McElroy can shave a couple of strokes off that score today then he should be set for the final 36 holes of this prestigious competition tomorrow.
Sparkling Smyth eagle lights up Costa del Sol
DES SMYTH soared with an eagle into 12th place during the first round of the Benahavis Senior Masters at La Quinta on Spain's Costa del Sol yesterday. The Baltray hero trailed leader Mark Mouland by four strokes after opening this 54-hole European Senior Tour event with a three-under-par round of 68.
The highlight was a splendid eagle three landed by Smyth at the 489-yard 14th.
Already frustrated by a disobedient putter, Philip Walton bogeyed the final hole of his opening 72.
Denis O'Sullivan burst out of the traps with three birdies in his first four holes, but a dropped shot at 12 and triple-bogey seven at 16 left the Corkman with a 73.
Second Seniors title for
Portmarnock's Adrian Morrow has captured the Irish Seniors Amateur Open title at Athenry Golf Club after leading the event from start to finish.
It was Morrow's second win in the event, his first coming in Westport in 2008.
Having started the day with a three-shot lead over Scotland's Ian Brotherston, Morrow was never troubled by the chasing pack and ran out champion by three shots.
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