Sharvin battles to lead at Lytham
Cormac Sharvin is spearheading the Irish challenge after the first round of the Lytham Trophy.
The former Irish champion from Ardglass fired a two-under-par 68 in testing conditions to share the lead with Marcus Kinhult, Oliver Roberts and John Axelsen.
It was quite a mixed round by Sharvin who had three birdies, three bogeys and a brilliant eagle three on the 601-yard 11th, the longest hole.
Portmarnock's Geoff Lenehan is among a group of players on the 68 mark. West Waterford star Gary Hurley kept himself in the picture with a one-over-par 71, while Dubliner Gavin Moynihan was very disappointed after returning a 78.
Gary Collins of Rosslare and Barry Hume of Naas posted 73s, while Ballymena's Dermot McElroy was a little disappointed with a 74. Stackstown's Richard Bridges and Robin Dawson of Faithlegg took 75, Stuart Grehan 77 with Eugene Smith and John Ross Galbraith carding a 79.
Meanwhile, Irish golfers struggled in the Fairhaven Trophy yesterday with the leading girl being Killarney's Mairead Martin and the top boy Marc Norton of Belvoir Park, both of whom had scores of 74.
Olivia Mehaffey fired a one-over-par 73 in the Ladies Welsh Open to lead by a stroke from Rotherham's Olivia Winning.