Walton in Moyvalley romp
The Island's Brendan Walton fired an immaculate, six-under 66 to lead the qualifiers for the Irish PGA Championship at Moyvalley Hotel and Golf Resort.
Walton carded four birdies and an eagle at the Co. Kildare venue, which will host the 106th Irish PGA Championship from September 22 to 25.
"We were looking at a few of the holes and the championship tees are about 50 or 60 yards further back," said the 29-year-old, who finished five strokes clear. "We played off the whites today, but I think it might be a set up a bit different for the Irish Championship.
"It's a venue I know quite well. When I was studying at Maynooth we used to come down and play a few rounds.
"It was great to see the place in good condition, I thought the greens in particular were running really true."
Former Ladies European Tour player Tara Delaney (Eddie Doyle Golf Academy) finished in second place with a 71 to secure one of the 11 qualifying spots on offer. A second qualifying event will be held at Moyvalley Hotel and Golf Resort on August 30.
Irish PGA Championship qualifier (1), Moyvalley Hotel and Golf Resort (Par 72)
Qualifiers: 66 B Walton (Island GC); 71 T Delaney (The Eddie Doyle Golf Academy); 72 G Byrne (Palmerstown Stud GC), S Quinlan, A Dunmore (Bundoran GC); 73 P Dooley (Drive Golf Performance Limited); 74 C Coyne (Lisheen Springs GC), R Collins (Halpenny GC): 75 B Doheny (Mount Juliet GC), M Murphy (McGuirks Golf), P Small (Galway GC).