Gleeson and Lester in mix at Europeans
Alex Gleeson and Rowan Lester are three strokes off the lead heading into today's second round at the European Amateur Championship after a good opening 18 holes at Royal Hague, Netherlands.
Gleeson (Castle) looked set to finish on 68, tied for second, just one shot off leader Perry Cohen, but he struggled on the final hole and carded a double-bogey.
Hermitage's Lester enjoyed a less dramatic round as he cancelled out two birdies with two bogeys but an eagle on the fifth ensured he got his tournament off to a positive start. They are both tied for ninth on 70.
Robin Dawson (Tramore) followed up his British Amateur Championship final appearance with a one-under 71.
shots Naas man Jonathan Yates is six shots off the top after a one-over 73. Portmarnock's Conor Purcell is one shot further back, while Tiarnan McLarnon (Massereene) is on 76.
The winner this week will earn a spot at the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie next month.
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Elsewhere, Jessica Ross finished as the leading Irish qualifier at the Ladies' British Open Amateur Championship at Hillside, Southport.
The Clandeboye star shot a one-under 71 to add to her opening round tally of 78.
Her 36-hole aggregate score of 149 was enough to set up a clash with England's Caitlin Whitehead in match play.
Curtis Cup winner Olivia Mehaffey will go up against Jessica Hall after a level-par 72 left her on 150, alongside Annabel Wilson, who hit three bogeys on her way to 76.
Wilson's opponent in the next round will be Yuka Saso of the Philippines.