Ó Briain still has card in sight despite struggles
Neil Ó Briain is still in contention to earn a European Tour card after opening with a two-over-par 73 in the first stage of a qualifying school event at Stoke by Nayland despite a disappointing double-bogey, bogey finish.
The Dubliner heads into today's round eight shots behind Scottish leader Paul Shields (65).
Brian Casey and Peter Williamson are a shot further back on 74.
There were no Irish competitors at the sister event at Ebreichsdorf in Austria, where Argentinian Daniel Barbetti set the pace with a six-under par 64.
Gertie McMullen leads the Irish challenge at the Ladies Senior British Open Amateur Championship after shooting a four-over 75 at Royal Belfast.
Sue Wooster and Macarena Campomanes Eguiguren set the pace with two-under 69s.
Local Marilyn Henderson shot 77, while Mary Maclaren (Royal Portrush), Pauline Walsh (Headfort) and Sheen McElroy (Grange) all took 80.