Castle's Alex Gleeson leads the Irish charge after day one of the Welsh Open Stroke Play Championship at Ashburnham, just one stroke off the lead.
Gleeson, who won the Leinster Youths Amateur Open Championship at Esker Hills in June last year, starts the second day one stroke behind Englishman Jimmy Mullen and former Scottish Boys champion Craig Howie.
Gleeson carded a four-under-par 68 for his opening round – which included five birdies – with only a bogey on the 15 th hole denying him a share of the joint overnight lead with Mullen and Howie.
Reigning West of Ireland Amateur champion Dermot McElroy is also in contention after his 69.
Castle’s Daniel Holland – the only Irishman to make the cut last year –also began solidly, a three under-par 70, the same score as Colm Campbell (Warrenpoint).
Tiarnon McLarnon (73) and Jonathan Yates (75) both have work to do if they are to make the cut.