Collins and hood lead Irish charge
Rosslare's Gary Collins and Galgorm Castle's Jordan Hood were the best of a disappointing first day overall for the Irish competitors at the Portuguese International Amateur Championship.
Both carded two-over-par rounds of 74 over the Montado course, with Collins' round including two birdies - but he was hampered by two bogeys as well as a double-bogey on the fourth.
However, after a nightmare start his one-under 35 on the back-nine should give him confidence heading into this morning's second round.
Both are eight shots back from clubhouse leader and reigning champ Tomás Santos Silva - who carded a 66.
Portmarnock's Geoff Lenehan, Sean Flanagan (Co Sligo), Eanna Griffin of Waterford and Eugene Smith (Ardee) all signed for rounds of 75.
Co Louth's Thomas Mulligan is five-over (77) with Colin Fairweather (Knock) and Ronan Mullarney (Galway) six-over (78), while Tiarnan McLarnon (Massereene) is having a nightmare as he shot 80.
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