Monday 19 February 2018

Smyth in mix at Portrush

Mourne's Hugh Smyth led the Irish charge on day one of the British Seniors Amateur Open at Royal Portrush yesterday.

Smyth finished the first round only a stroke off the pace set by American Frank Ford after carding an excellent two-under-par 70.

He had birdies on five, nine and 18 and just one bogey on the 12th.

Garth McGimpsey, the 1985 Amateur Champion and a former Walker Captain is on the heels of the leaders after a 72.

The Bangor man had two birdies in an outward 34 and two bogeys on his homeward nine of 38.

Tipperary's Arthur Pierse, winner of this title in 2007, is not out of the hunt after a 73.

Pierse had a disastrous outward 41, which included a double bogey six on the first and four bogeys.

He was spectacular on the back nine, birdieing four holes for a 32. Michael Quirke and Barry Reddan have a lot of work to do after scores of 79 and 80 respectively.

Irish Independent

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