Brennan's Tour card bid off to a bright start
Shannon's Danny Brennan got off to a flying start in his quest for a European Tour card at the first stage of the Qualifying School in Bristol.
The Europro Tour regular made six birdies in seven holes from the second at The Players Club and followed bogeys at 11 and 15 with a birdie at the 17th to open with a five-under 65.
With around 20 players to progress after four rounds to November's second stage in Spain, he's tied for fifth, just three strokes behind Scottish amateur Ryan Lumsden, who opened with an eight-under 62.
Limerick's Tim Rice and UK-based Tyler Hogarty shared 18th place after two-under 68s, but it was a more difficult day for Headfort's Joe Dillon and Royal Dublin's Brian McCormack after respective rounds of 71 and 73.
In amateur golf, Ireland got off to the perfect start in their bid for a seventh triumph in the European Senior Men's Team Championship at Rungsted Golf Club in Denmark.
Ireland, captained by Michael Coote, led by two strokes from Denmark and Scotland after the first of two qualifying rounds.
With the top eight teams to qualify for the Championship flight tomorrow, Greystones' Alan Condren shot a one-under 71 to lie tied third individually, one stroke behind Scotland's Ronnie Clark and Denmark's Bjorn Norgaard.
East Sussex National's Steven Graham, Banbridge's Jim Carvill and Castlemartyr's John O'Brien shot 73s and Peter Sheehan a 74.
In Bulgaria, Ireland lie second, three strokes behind leaders England, after the opening round of the European Senior Ladies' Team Championship.
Portumna's three-time Irish Women's Close champion Suzanne Corcoran carded a one-over 73 to share the first-round lead with Belgium's Anne Joris, England's Paula Carver and Spain's Maria Orueta.
At Biella Golf Club, Massereene's Ewan McArthur and Roscommon's Cian O'Connor are tied for seventh, just two shots behind South Africa's Yurav Premlall, after opening with one-over 74s in the Italian U-16 Boys Championship.