Tuesday 12 December 2017

Yates leads Irish charge in Seville

Jonathan Yates
Jonathan Yates

Jonathan Yates is the leading Irishman after day one of the Spanish International Amateur Championship in Seville.

The Naas man opened up with a one-under-par 71 and lies in tied 12th, five shots behind Welsh leader Owen Edwards.

It was solid opening day for the Irish contingent, with five of their 12 representatives ending the first round in tied 19th: Dermot McElroy (Ballymena), Naas duo Jack Hume and Conor O'Rourke, John-Ross Galbraith (Whitehead) and Stuart Grehan (Tullamore/MU) all carded level-par 72s.

Faithlegg's Robin Dawson hit a 73, as did County Louth teenager Thomas Mulligan.

Warrenpoint's Colm Campbell had a 74, while Colin Fairweather (Knock) and Geoff Lenehan (Portmarnock) are both a further stroke back.

It proved to be a tough first round for Alex Gleeson (Castle/UCD) as he lies in tied 80th after carding a five-over-par 77.

Maria Dunne made a stunning start in the ladies' competition - which is being held at Valencia's Escorpion course, 400 miles away from the men's event.

The Skerries player turned in an impressive opening round of 72 which saw her end day one in tied fourth, three strokes behind leader Linn Grant.

Jessica Ross was the second best placed Irishwoman after battling tough conditions to finish with a six-over-par 78 which leaves her tied 55th. Lisburn's Paula Grant or Castletroy's Chloe Ryan are tied 97th and 99th respectively.

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