Hurley and McElroy top Irish at Lytham

West Waterford's Gary McDermott made a solid start with a 72 in the Lytham Trophy. Picture: Thos Caffrey /

West Waterford’s Gary Hurley and Ballymena’s Dermot McElroy are just three shots off the lead after opening with two over 72s in the 50th edition of the Lytham Trophy at Royal Lytham and St Annes.

Just two players in the 144-strong field shot par or better at the storied Lancashire links, but the Irish pair survived the breezy, early conditions to end the day in an 11-man logjam for ninth place behind Germany’s Hurly Long.

Plus-three handicapper Long was the only player to break par as he took advantage of a drop in the wind in the afternoon, making his only bogey at the 10th before picking up birdies at two of his last three holes for a one under 69 and a one-shot lead over Slovenia’s Tim Gornik.

Munster star Hurley had three bogeys on the tough front nine but birdied the last for his 72 before being joined on two over by McElroy, who followed a birdie at the first with bogeys at the second, third and seventh before reeling off 11 consecutive pars to finish.

“It was breezy this morning and there was very little wind this afternoon so I’ll take 72,” McElroy said. “It’s a good start to the tournament because the front nine was playing very hard into a left-to-right wind. I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”

West of Ireland champion Jack Hume from Naas, who lost in a playoff for the title last year, is well in the hunt after a 74 while Stackstown left hander Richard Bridges, Massereene’s Tiarnan McLarnon and Headfort’s Rory McNamara could not be too displeased with 75s.

"I had to hang in on the front nine," said Bridges, who had six bogeys and one birdie. "I felt quite ill for some reason but got better around the turn and finished strongly. It's so hard even in good conditions.

"There are bunkers everywhere, punishing most wayward shots  — I was only in one off the tee on 15 but I found four around the greens. So I'm happy enough with the score because it's good to hang tough on days when your not quite right."

McNamara, who warmed up by winning the Dundalk Scratch Cup by five shots last weekend, was out in the first group of the day and got the worst of the wind.

"It was cold and windy this morning but nice from 12 on," said McNamara, who was disappointed to come home in 40 having played the tough front nine in just one over. "Played the easy holes very badly but I'm content with the score."

Following Saturday's second round the leading 40 and tied then play 36 holes on Sunday which means that Mourne's Reeve Whitson and Rosslare's Gary Collins (76), Ardee's Eugene Smith (78), Irish Close champion Cormac Sharvin from Ardglass (79) have work to do to make the cut.

Lytham Trophy, Royal Lytham & St Annes (Par 70) Live scoring

Gross LeaderboardR1R2R3R4TotalPar
1st Hurly Long Germany 6969-1
2nd Tim Gornik Slovenia 7070LEVEL
3rd Marcus Kinhult Sweden 7171+1
4th Mark Young Longridge 7171+1
5th Mathias Eggenberger Switzerland 7171+1
6th Darius Van Driel Netherlands 7171+1
7th Niklas Noergaard Moeller Denmark 7171+1
8th Harry Casey Enfield 7171+1
9th Ashley Chesters Hawkstone Park 7272+2
10th Thriston Lawrence South Africa 7272+2
11th Gary Hurley West Waterford 7272+2
12th Louis Tomlinson West Lancashire 7272+2
13th Toby Tree Golf at Goodwood 7272+2
14th Dermot McElroy Ballymena 7272+2
15th Haydn McCullen Delamere Forest 7272+2
16th Joe Dean Lindrick 7272+2
17th L Johnson Kings Lynn 7272+2
18th P Kinnear Formby 7272+2
19th Sebastian Von Den Hoff Germany 7272+2
20th Christopher Dammert Germany 7373+3
21st Ciaran Paul Doherty Bury 7373+3
22nd Paul Howard Southport & Ainsdale 7373+3
23rd Severiano Prins Netherlands 7373+3
24th Dominic Foos Germany 7373+3
25th Maximilian Mehles Germany 7373+3
26th Alasdair Dalgliesh Haywards Heath 7373+3
27th Jack McDonald Kilmarnock (Barassie) 7373+3
28th Mathias Gladbjerg Denmark 7373+3
29th Andrew Wilson Darlington 7373+3
30th Oscar Granstrom-Livesey Royal Mid-Surrey 7373+3
31st Oskar Bergqvist Sweden 7373+3
32nd Jamie Dick Forest Hills (Gloucestershire) 7373+3
33rd Joel Girrbach Switzerland 7373+3
34th Graeme Robertson Glenbervie 7474+4
35th Jack Anthony Hume Naas 7474+4
36th Daniel Brown Bedale 7474+4
37th Kristian Krogh Johannessen Norway 7474+4
38th Daniel Young Craigie Hill 7474+4
39th Daniel Wasteney Lindrick 7474+4
40th Ryan Evans Wellingborough 7474+4
41st Jonathan Hurst Pleasington 7474+4
42nd Ashton Turner Kenwick Park 7474+4
43rd Jordan Smith Bowood Golf & Country Club 7474+4
44th Scott Borrowman Dollar 7474+4
45th Craig David Ross Kirkhill 7474+4
46th Scott Gibson Southerness 7474+4
47th Robbie Van West Prise d Eau 7474+4
48th Adam Dunton McDonald 7575+5
49th Alfie Plant Rochester & Cobham Park 7575+5
50th Toby Crisp Links (Newmarket) 7575+5
51st Adam Chapman Windermere 7575+5
52nd Victor Joffray France 7575+5
53rd John Douglas Aberdour 7575+5
54th Richard Bridges Stackstown 7575+5
55th Julien Cosentino France 7575+5
56th Tiarnan McLarnon Massereene 7575+5
57th Jack Barrie Yule Middleton Hall 7575+5
58th Edouard Amacher Switzerland 7575+5
59th Rory McNamara Headfort 7575+5
60th Bradley Neil Blairgowrie 7575+5
61st Ben Bradley Germany 7676+6
62nd Freddie Sheridan-Mills Walsall 7676+6
63rd Reeve Whitson Mourne 7676+6
64th Ian Kenwright Haydock Park 7676+6
65th Vince Van Veen Netherlands 7676+6
66th Bobby Keeble Crowlands Heath 7676+6
67th Christian Braeunig Germany 7676+6
68th Gary Collins Rosslare 7676+6
69th Jamie Savage Cawder 7676+6
70th Vitek Novak Czech Republic 7676+6
71st Jimmy Mullen Royal North Devon 7676+6
72nd Gordon Stevenson Whitecraigs 7676+6
73rd Alexander Culverwell Dunbar 7676+6
74th Nick Marsh Huddersfield 7676+6
75th Michael Saunders Dartford 7676+6
76th Alasdair Mcdougall Elderslie 7676+6
77th Jack Singh Brar Remedy Oak 7676+6
78th Sean Towndrow Southport & Ainsdale 7676+6
79th Sigot Lopez Spain 7676+6
80th Kristoffer Ventura Norway 7676+6
81st Dominic S Barnes Caldy 7676+6
82nd John Carroll Huyton & Prescot 7676+6
83rd Robert Burlison Oxley Park 7777+7
84th Christiaan Bezuidenhout South Africa 7777+7
85th Ewen Ferguson Bearsden 7777+7
86th MD Duncalf Formby 7777+7
87th Martin Keskari Germany 7777+7
88th Anthony Renard France 7777+7
89th Daniel Kay Dunbar 7777+7
90th Craig Howie Peebles 7777+7
91st Thomas Lawton Wilmslow 7777+7
92nd Jacopo Jori Italy 7777+7
93rd Oliver Carr Heswall 7777+7
94th Greig Marchbank Thornhill 7777+7
95th Eugene Smith Ardee 7878+8
96th S Edwards Bigbury 7878+8
97th Albert Eckhardt Finland 7878+8
98th Connor Syme Dumfries & County 7878+8
99th Jack Cardy Ipswich 7878+8
100th Felix Kvarnstrom Sweden 7878+8
101st Michael Hirmer Germany 7878+8
102nd W P Shucksmith Alwoodley 7878+8
103rd Javier Ballesteros Spain 7979+9
104th Nick Watson Stoke Rochford 7979+9
105th James McCormick Styal 7979+9
106th Allyn Dick Kingsknowe 7979+9
107th Alyn Torrence Wrexham 7979+9
108th Oliver Roberts Hong Kong 7979+9
109th Michael Smyth Royal Troon - Old Course 7979+9
110th Patrick Bell Royal Lytham & St Annes 7979+9
111th Cormac Sharvin Ardglass 7979+9
112th Adam Blomme Sweden 7979+9
113th Mark Phillip Collins Chart Hills 7979+9
114th Maximilian Roehrig Germany 7979+9
115th Henry Tomlinson Royal Lytham & St Annes 7979+9
116th Robin Roussel France 7979+9
117th Tom Robson Weymouth 8080+10
118th Juuso Kahlos Finland 8080+10
119th S Whitaker Blankney 8080+10
120th Adam Wilson Mold 8080+10
121st Fraser Moore Glenbervie 8080+10
122nd Nicolai Kristensen Denmark 8080+10
123rd Martino Morszeck Germany 8080+10
124th Ben Amor Marlborough 8080+10
125th Jorge Simon de Miguel Spain 8080+10
126th Alastair Jones Radyr 8080+10
127th Frederic Lacroix France 8080+10
128th Kenny Subregis France 8080+10
129th Lee Jones Conwy(Caernarvonshire) 8080+10
130th Markus Maukner Austria 8080+10
131st Andre Tourinho Brazil 8181+11
132nd J S Bower Meltham 8181+11
133rd Alexander Stubbs Oxfordshire (The) 8181+11
134th Nicholas Arnoldi South Africa 8181+11
135th KYLE McCLUNG Wigtownshire County 8282+12
136th Jean-Michel Hall Woburn 8282+12
137th Simon Zach Czech Republic 8383+13
138th Johannes Diederichs Germany 8383+13
139th Marcel Ohorn Germany 8484+14
140th Steve McGlynn Preston 8484+14
141st Mark Porter Sherwood Forest 8686+16
142nd Luis Thiele Brazil 8686+16
143rd Geoff Lenehan Portmarnock 8787+17
144th Jake McNulty Canada 9696+26