Irish in Lytham hunt
Gary Hurley and Dermot McElroy are leading the Irish challenge after the opening round of the Lytham Trophy over the Royal Lytham and St Annes links on the Lancashire coast.
West Waterford's Hurley and Ballymena star McElroy both fired two-over-par 72s to trail leader Hurly Long of Germany by three strokes.
Hurley slipped to three bogeys on the outward half which he covered in 37 but finished with his only birdie in the round– a three on the last.
McElroy started with a birdie two but then had three bogeys in the next six holes before steadying himself to produce nine straight pars on the homeward stretch.
Naas' Jack Hume took 74 with a mixed round. Headfort's Rory McNamara is on 75 along with Stackstown player Richard Bridges and Tiarnan McLarnon of Massereene, while Gary Collins and Reeve Whitson both returned 76s. Already out of the hunt is the Portmarnock man Geoff Lenehan, who had a disastrous 87.
Leader Long goes into the second round this morning one stroke clear of Slovenia's Tim Gornik.