Slieve Russell’s Seamus Cullen leads after the opening round of the Midlands Senior Scratch Cup at Carlow. Picture: Thos Caffrey / www.golffile.ieSlieve Russell’s Seamus Cullen fired a two under par 68 to open up a commanding lead after the first round of the 36-hole Midlands Senior Scratch Cup at Carlow today.

The only man to break par, Cullen leads by four strokes from Carton House’s Shane McGlynn (72) with South of Ireland runner up Paul O’Hara (Kilkenny), Sean Alley (Tipperary) and Eanna Griffin (Waterford) the next best on three over par after 73s

Defending champion Alan Thomas from Dungarvan shot an eight over par 78.

Midlands Senior Scratch Cup,


Round One

68 Seamus Cullen (Slieve Russell)


72 Shane McGlynn (Carton House)

73 Paul O’Hara (Kilkenny), Sean Alley (Tipperary), Eanna Griffin (Waterford)

74 Adam Doran (Ardee)

75 Aaron Grant (Dundalk), Stephen Healy (Claremorris),

76 Jack Pierse (Grange), John Greene (Carlow), Edward O’Keeffe (Corrstown)

77 Geoff Lenehan (Portmarnock) James Fox (Portmarnock), Paul Flynn (Tramore), Richard Knightly (Royal Dublin), John Conroy (Bray)

78 Neville Steedman (Courtown), Alan Thomas (Dungarvan)

78 Pat Bevins (Carlow)

79 Daniel O’Connor (Athlone), Michael Gielty (Grange), Sean Moloney (Dunmurry Springs), Brian Healy (Carlow), Peter Mullaney (Carlow)

80 Colm Crowley (Woodbrook), Eamonn Long (Carlow) Danny Sweeney (Westmanstown)

81 Cian Doyle (Carlow), Ian Lynch (Rosslare), Jason Rackard (Bunclody), John Joyce (Borris), David McMahon (Tralee), Jeff Hopkins (Royal Dublin)

82 Andrew Fitzgerald (Ring of Kerry), Séan McDermott (Carlow), Niall McGlynn (Carton House)

83 James Monaghan (Royal Dublin)

84 Jamie Dunne (Borris), PJ Owens (Blarney), Christopher O’Connor (Corrstown)

85 Jim McVeigh (Carlow)

86 Colin Woodroofe (Blainroe), David Fitzgerald (Carlow)

89 Cian Hurley (Heritage)

90 Brian Cox (Carlow)

NR Eric Bates (Carlow), Tommy Lennon (Carlow), Lee McMillan (Carton House)