Lyons roars into the lead at Irish Mid-Am

Behind every good man... Joe Lyons (Galway) with his wife Vera lining up his putt on the 18th green during the first day of the 2015 Irish Mid Amateur Open Championship at New Forest Golf Club today (20/06/2015) . Picture by Pat Cashman

Galway's Joe Lyons followed a two under 70 with a 76 to take the slimmest of leads into the final round of the Irish Mid-Amateur Open Championship at the spectacular New Forest Golf Club.

The Offaly native, a former winner of the West of Ireland Championship, leads by a shot on two over par from Holywood’s Tony McClements and Slievenamon's Michael Barrett, with a large chasing pack following on what promises to be an exciting final day.

As a result of three withdrawals from within the top-39, those tied for 41st place have been included in the draw.

Joe Lyons (Galway) driving at the 14th tee. Picture by Pat Cashman

Joe Lyons (Galway) driving at the 14th tee. Picture by Pat Cashman

Peter Kirby (Dun Laoghaire) driving at the 6th tee during the first day of the 2015 Irish Mid Amateur Open Championship at New Forest Golf Club. Picture by Pat Cashman

Peter Kirby (Dun Laoghaire) driving at the 6th tee during the first day of the 2015 Irish Mid Amateur Open Championship at New Forest Golf Club. Picture by Pat Cashman

Irish Mid-Amateur Open Championship, New Forest Golf Club (Par 72)

Detailed scores

1st tee

  1. 09:00 Paul Reilly (5) Co. Louth Tony Cleary (-1) Woodstock Golf Club Paul O'Connor (2) Malahide
  2. 09:10 Declan McInerney (1) Lahinch Peter McNeill (2) Woodbrook Damien O'Driscoll (4) Newlands
  3. 09:20 Fergal Kennedy (1) The Island Ronan Maher (4) Mullingar Dara Bruen (4) Castlerea
  4. 09:30 Peter Sheehan (1) Ballybunion Gus Fitzpatrick (3) Naas Simon Miskelly (-2) Knock
  5. 09:40 Joe Crangle (-0) Fortwilliam Alan Condren (-3) Greystones Niall Gorey (-2) Palmerstown Stud
  6. 09:50 John O'Brien (-0) Castlemartyr Jim Carvill (-2) Banbridge Keith Daniels (1) Loughrea
  7. 10:00 Dave O'Donovan (-1) Muskerry Eddie McCormack (-2) Galway Bay Golf Club Peter Kirby (-2) Dun Laoghaire
  8. 10:10 Michael Barrett (1) Slievenamon Golf Club Tony McClements (0) Holywood Joe Lyons (-0) Galway

10th tee

  1. 09:00 Craig McEvoy (4) Lucan Brian Murphy (6) Delgany Andrew Norrby (4) Balmoral
  2. 09:10 Randal Cross (4) Enniscrone Ger Cohen (2) Beaverstown Shane Corr (4) Mannan Castle
  3. 09:20 Mark Clifford (3) Lucan Diarmuid Linehan (5) Muskerry Barry Forsyth  (3) Corballis Links Golf Club
  4. 09:30 Thomas Hogan (3) Headfort Trevor Dooley (5) Forrest Little. Aidan Maguire (3) Headfort
  5. 09:40 Darragh Smith (4) Malahide Kevin Condren (0) Greystones Joe Bernie (3) Athenry
  6. 09:50 Paul Burke (1) Mullingar Frank Flynn (2) Laytown & Bettystown Barry Wilde (3) Balbriggan
  7. 10:00 Derek Ronan (2) New Ross Paul Flynn (-1) Tramore Ciaran Campbell (2) Carton House

Niall Gorey (Palmerstown Stud) playing his second shot to the 5th during the first day of the 2015 Irish Mid Amateur Open Championship at New Forest Golf Club. Picture by Pat Cashman

Irish Mid-Amateur Championship 2015, New Forest (CSS Round 1 = 74; Round 2 = 76)

146 Joe Lyons (Galway) 70 76 

147 Tony McClements (Holywood) 75 72, Michael Barrett (Slievenamo) 73 74 

148 Peter Kirby (Dun Laoghaire) 71 77 

149 Eddie McCormack (Galway Bay Golf Club) 72 77 

150 Dave O'Donovan (Muskerry) 75 75, Keith Daniels (Loughrea) 72 78 

151 Jim Carvill (Banbridge) 77 74, John O'Brien (Castlemartyr) 75 76, Niall Gorey (Palmerstown Stud) 71 80 

152 Alan Condren (Greystones) 75 77, Joe Crangle (Fortwilliam) 75 77 

153 Simon Miskelly (Knock) 76 77, Gus Fitzpatrick (Naas) 75 78 

154 Peter Sheehan (Ballybunion) 83 71, Dara Bruen (Castlerea) 77 77 

155 Ronan Maher (Mullingar) 74 81, Fergal Kennedy (The Island) 73 82 

156 Damien O'Driscoll (Newlands) 80 76, Peter McNeill (Woodbrook) 78 78, Declan McInerney (Lahinch) 75 81, Paul O'Connor (Malahide) 75 81 

157 Tony Cleary (Woodstock Golf Club) 78 79, Paul Reilly (Co. Louth) 77 80, Sean Alley (Co. Tipperary) 76 81 

158 Ciaran Campbell (Carton House) 87 71, Paul Flynn (Tramore) 74 84 

159 Derek Ronan (New Ross) 81 78, Barry Wilde (Balbriggan) 80 79, Frank Flynn (Laytown & Bettystown) 78 81, Paul Burke (Mullingar) 74 85 

160 Richard Williams (Naas) 85 75, Martin O'Toole (Lucan) 82 78, Joe Bernie (Athenry) 80 80, Kevin Condren (Greystones) 77 83, Darragh Smith (Malahide) 76 84 

161 Aidan Maguire (Headfort) 82 79, Trevor Dooley (Forrest Little.) 80 81, Thomas Hogan (Headfort) 79 82 

162 Barry Forsyth (Corballis Links Golf Club) 83 79 

163 Diarmuid Linehan (Muskerry) 86 77, Mark Clifford (Lucan) 84 79, Shane Corr (Mannan Castle) 83 80, Ger Cohen (Beaverstown) 82 81, Randal Cross (Enniscrone) 80 83, Andrew Norrby (Balmoral) 79 84, Brian Murphy (Delgany) 78 85, Craig McEvoy (Lucan) 78 85 

Dave O'Donovan (Muskerry) blasting from the bunker at the 18th. Picture by Pat Cashman

Missed Cut

164 David Scully (Galway) 83 81, Johnny Ward (Banbridge) 77 87 

165 Lewy Halpin (Shannon) 86 79, Michael McCormick (England) 85 80, Colin Rayfus (Knightsbrook) 84 81 

166 Donal O'Brien (Laytown & Bettystown) 87 79 

167 Enda Brady (Headfort) 87 80 

168 Paul Bray (New Forest) 86 82 

171 Marcus Taglienti (Wicklow Golf Club) 89 82 

172 George Armstrong (Carrickfergus) 86 86 

176 Daniel McGrath (Tuam) 85 91 

NR/WD Colin Wilton (Banbridge) 77 NR, Alan Thomas (Dungarvan) 78 NR, Russell Durnin (Laytown & Bettystown) NR 80, Lloyd O'Rourke (Naas) 81 NR, Colin Cunningham (Carton House) 81 NR, Alan Doherty (Corrstown) 81 NR, Michael Power (Moate) 83 NR, John Healy (Delvin Castle Golf Club) 83 NR, Michael Eaton (Holywood) 84 NR, Ian Smyth (Clandeboye) 84 NR, Morgan Pierse (Grange) 86 NR, John Bodkin (Tuam) NR NR, Colm McIlroy (Holywood) NR WD, Kevin Canavan (Corballis Links Golf Club) WD WD, Robert Cannon (Balbriggan) WD WD, Rory Leonard (Banbridge) WD WD 84 Mark Somers (Smurfit) 84 NR