Stackstown talent Michael McDermott made a sensational start in his bid to follow in the footsteps of illustrious clubmate Padraig Harrington when he fired a six under par 65 to take a one stroke lead after the opening round of the Cassidy Golf 103rd Irish PGA Championship at Roganstown Golf & Country Club.
The 33-year old former West of Ireland champion, who represents Pure Golf Leopardstown, had six birdies on an immaculate card to lead by a shot from Eurorpro Tour regular Michael McGeady with former winner David Mortimer of Galway just four shots off the pace after a 69.
Neil O’Briain, Noel Murray, Cian McNamara, home professional Geoff Loughrey, Mark Staunton and Colm Moriarty are all tied for fourth after one under 70s while Hazel Kavanagh, the only woman in the field, carded a seven over 78.
Cassidy Golf 103rd Irish PGA Championship, Roganstown Golf and Country Club (Par 71)
65 Michael McDermott (Pure Golf Leopardstown)
66 Michael McGeady
69 David Mortimer (Galway GC)
70 Neil O’Briain (Old Conna), Noel Murray (Massereene), Cian McNamara (Monkstown), Geoffrey Loughrey (Roganstown), Mark Staunton (Ballinasloe), Colm Moriarty (Glasson)
71 Michael Allan (Pure Golf Leopardstown), David Foley (Dromoland Castle)
72 Martin McTernan (Co. Sligo), Seamus McMonagle (Dunfanaghy), Patrick Devine (Royal Dublin), Gerry Burke (Curragh)
73 Brian Kerley (Green Life GC), Michael O’Shea (Rathsallagh), Damian Mooney (Ballyliffin), Brian McElhinney (Foyle GC), Kenny Fahey (GUI National Academy), Paul Masterson (Coollattin), Graeme Dunlea (Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Resort), Tim Rice, Eamonn Brady (Clontarf), Wayne O’Callaghan (Fernhill), Daniel Sugrue (Killarney Golf & Fishing Club), Glen Robinson (St Helen’s Bay),
74 James Quinlivan (Mullingar), Brendan McGovern (Headfort), Frank Holly (Charleville), Gary Wardlow (American Golf), David Jones (Bushfoot), Jimmy Bolger (Kilkenny), Michael Collins (Mallow GR), Ronan Collins (Callaway Golf Europe), Shane Deegan (Spawell DR), Peter Martin (Colin Park GA), Niall Kearney (Royal Dublin), Ciaran Molloy.
75 Iarlaith Keane (Balcarrick), Mark Ruddy (Ballyneety), Peter McCarroll (Allen Park GC), Padraig Dooley (Drive Golf Performance Ltd), Peter Jones (Coollattin), Jussi Pitkanen (Dave Pelz Scoring Game School)
76 Brendan Walton (Island), Patrick Small (Galway), Graham Callaghan (Hollywood Lakes), Philip McLaughlin (Royal Dublin), Dara Lernihan (Elm Park), Joe Murray (Hollystown), Conor Thornton (Dundalk), Enda McLoughlin (Wicklow), John Dwyer (Ashbourne), Ryan Donagher (Kilcock), Padraig McGrath (P & M Golf Superstore Ltd), John Dignam (Slade Valley)
77 Kevin Foy (Stepaside Golf Centre), Seamus Clinton (Letterkenny), Daniel Beattie (Deer Park), Mark O’Sullivan (Piltown Driving Range), Lorcan Costello (Lucan), Paul Stevenson (Portadown)
78 David Reilly (Westmanstown), Oliver Grogan (Fade Agencies Ltd), Mark Whelan (Castlewarden), Conor Deegan (Dun Laoghaire), Hazel Kavanagh (Carr Golf Services), John Murray (Malahide), Mark O’Boyle (Heath), Roderick Park (Park Consulting Services), Noel Callan (Faughan Valley), Ted Higgins (Mount Wolseley), Enda Maguire (Dundalk),
79 Mark O’Mahony (Titleist National Fitting Centre), Peter Hannan (County Meath), Donal Gleeson (Old Conna), Leonard Owens (Royal Dublin), Eddie Doyle (Natural Golf School)
80 Ciaran Carroll (Bray), Emmet Staunton (Castleknock), Gareth McCausland (Ballyliffin)
81 Stephen Galvin (Curragh), Darren Walsh (Wexford), Philip Ring (Elmgreen Golf Centre), Wesley Ramsay (Knockbracken Golf Academy),
82 Robin Machin (County Meath), Nigel Howley (Balbriggan),
83 Shane O’Sullivan (Shannon)
84 David Hayes (Dungarvan), Edward Doyle (Westmanstown), Richard Creamer (Golfquip)
85 Cormac Hennessy (Newlands), Gavin Kavanagh (Delgany), Simon Keelan (Monkstown), Phillip Collins (Galgorm Castle)
87 Warren Ryan (Halpenny Golf),
88 Patrick Sheehy (Newcastle West),
WD Ian Colleran (Killarney), Stephen Gordon (Bangor Golf Club),
DQ Kevin Garvey (Bellinter Golf Centre), Jerry Scullion (Kilkeel), Adam Dunmore (Bundoran),
RTD Anthony Hanlon (Stackstown)
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