Walker Cup hero Jack Hume got off to a flying start yesterday in his bid for a coveted European Tour card.
Playing in the first qualifying stage over the Ebreichsdorf course in Austria, the young Naas star fired an impressive four-under-par 68 to grab a share of second place after the opening round.
His round was almost flawless as he collected six birdies and just two bogeys, three of his birdies coming in succession from the third.
Paul Dunne, also in action in Austria, carded a 70 which included four birdies and two bogeys.
Leading the way in Austria on 66 was Os Lengden of Sweden.
Meanwhile, at Collingtree Park in Northampton, Clontarf's Eamonn Brady made a solid start to his bid for a card, returning a level par 72 to be two strokes adrift of leader Paul Reid.
Richard Weldon from Killeen Castle retuned a 74 to remain in the hunt but PaulMcGibney has some work to do after a 77.
Elsewhere, ILGU chief executive Sinead Heraty is all set to do battle in the AIG Ladies Cups and Shields National Finals at Knightsbrook Resort.
The seven-handicapper from the Castle GC in Rathfarnham will swap the boardroom for the pristine fairways of the Co Meath resort for today's quarter-final showdown with Roscommon in the AIG Ladies Senior Foursomes.
It's one of the six big events that make up what is a festival of golf that has seen up to 15,000 women participate somewhere along the line in the Senior Foursomes (minimum combined handicap 14), Junior Foursomes (handicap 15-6), Junior Cup (8-15), Intermediate Cup (16-22), Minor Cup (23-28) or Challenge Cup (29-36).
"We're just delighted to be through this stage because we just got through strokeplay qualifying in East Leinster by the skin of our teeth," Heraty explained.