Daniel Holland opened with a two under 70 to lead in Carlow. Picture by Pat CashmanCastle’s Daniel Holland was the early pacesetter in the Midlands Senior Scratch Cup at Carlow.

The Dubliner opened with a level par 70 to lead by two strokes from Malahide’s Alan Hogan, Conor O’Rourke of Naas, Portmarnock’s Geoff Lenehan and Knock’s Nicky Grant.

Defending champion Jack Pierse of Grange had a disappointing 77.

Midlands Senior Scratch Cup

Carlow Golf Club (Par 70)

Round One

70 Daniel Holland (Castle)

71 Alan Hogan (Malahide), Conor O’Rourke (Naas), Geoff Lenehan (Portmarnock), Nicky Grant (Knock)

72 John Conroy (Bray), Colin Woodroofe (Blainroe), Andrew Hogan (Newlands), Jack Hume (Rathsallagh), Niall Gorey (Muskerry), Joe Lyons (Birr)

73 Shane McGlynn (Carton House)

74 Farrell Cuddihy (Carlow), Andrew Harte (Carlow), Alan Thomas (Tramore), Pat Bevins (Carlow), Kevin Stack (Dungarvan)

75 Bernard Bermingham (Killeen), Brian Healy (Carlow), Mark Judge (Stackstown), Neville Steedman (Courtown), Mark Shanahan (Castlemartyr), John Greene (Carlow), Ronan Burke (Castle), Jonathan Yates (Naas)

76 Mark Richardson (Carton House), James Hanby (Castle), Ross McCormack (Naas), Peter McKeever (Castle)

77 Paul O’Connor (Malahide), Jonathan Kelly (Athy), Jack Pierse (Grange), Liam Ashby (Killerig)

78 Andrew Boyle (Ashbourne), Dan Sweeney (Westmanstown), Edward O’Keeffe (Corrstown), Michael Ryan (New Ross), Conor McGrogan (Newbridge), Pio O’Leary (Lucan), Stephen Dwyer (Lucan), Brian Casey (Headfort)

79 Eoghan O’Donovan (Craddockstown), Jordan Shanahan (West Waterford), Darragh Coughlan (Royal Dublin), Seán Alley (Co. Tipperary)

80 Seán Maloney (Dunmurry Springs), John Whelan (Curragh), Alan Hopkins (Donabate), Thomas Fox (Mt. Temple), Gary Flynn (Delgany)

81 Seán McDermott (Carlow), Philip Spratt (West Waterford), Stephen Walsh (Portmarnock)

82 James Kelly (Elm Park), Pat O’Hara (Elm Park)

83 Darragh Smith (Malahide)

84 Billy Fitzpatrick (Headfort), Keith Rooney (Headfort), Colin Kenny (Portmarnock), Ross Moore (Howth)

85 Des Coakley (Carlow)

86 Adrian McManus (Ashbourne), Gary Walsh (Mt. Juliet), Paul Flynn (Tramore)

88 Aidan Carleton (Malahide), Gareth Ryan (Elm Park)

91 Graham Lawlor (Westmanstown)

95 Eric Bates (Carlow)

NR Jamie Bolger (Carlow),  Jason Rackard (Enniscorthy), Christopher Murphy (West Waterford), Daniel Hallissey ( Muskerry).