Grant aids irish cause
Birr's Stephen Grant was the best-placed of the Irish on day one of the European Tour Qualifying School stage two in Spain.
The former Shamrock Rovers footballer opened with a level-par 71 at El Valle in Murcia to share 19th place, five shots behind American pacesetter Matt Rosenfeld, who fired a 66. Mervyn Owens had to settle for a 74 while Barrie Trainor and Gary Murphy both struggled to four-over 75s.
Former Walker Cup player Jonathan Caldwell began his campaign at Arcos Gardens in Jerez with a one-under 71 to sit five shots behind French leader Romain Wattel. Lurgan's Gareth Shaw had a 74 but Michael McGeady could only muster a 76.
At Costa Ballena, Damian Mooney led the home challenge with a two-under 70, which left him four strokes behind joint leaders Julian Etulain and James Ruth.
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