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Steady Cutler spearheads green assault on European Amateur

Chris Smart

Published 05/08/2010 | 05:00

Portstewart star Paul Cutler spearheads the Irish challenge after the first round of the European Amateur Championship in Finland.

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Lytham Trophy winner Cutler -- 10th in the World Amateur rankings -- shot level-par of 72 over the Vanajanlinna course.

Walker Cup probable Cutler, a quarter-finalist in the Amateur Championship in June, was steady from tee to green.

He had two bogeys -- at the 10th and 12th -- and two birdies -- at the second and 15th -- and generally looked solid throughout.

Cutler goes into today's second round five strokes behind joint leaders France's Johann Lopez-Lazaro and consistent Swedish player Jesper Kennegard .

Rory Leonard was the next best Irishman yesterday, recording a 75 with four bogeys, a birdie and 13 pars, while Cian Curley dropped no less than five strokes in the last four holes having gone to the turn in one-under-par 35.

Dara Lernihan, the Irish champion, was hugely disappointing, shooting seven-over-par 79, his round spoiled by two double bogeys and six bogeys.

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