Ryan Gribben of the University of Ulster. Picture: Pat Cashman/www.cashmanphotography.ieRyan Gribben and William Russell combined in spectacular fashion to give the University of Ulster a seven-shot lead after Round 1 of the Irish Colleges Stroke Play Championship at Donegal Golf Club, writes the GUI.

Gribben, the Ulster captain, shot a four-under 69, while Russell fired a 70 to hand the defending Irish Intervarsity Match Play champions a handsome lead over NUI Maynooth C, with three teams - NUI Maynooth A, UCD and NUI Galway, five shots further back in a tie for third.

Individual Scores (Final)

69 R Gribben (Ulster A)

70 W Russell (Ulster A)

71 E Craddock (NUIG), E O’Donovan (NUIM C)

72 H McHugh (TCD - Redhawks), G Young (WIT)

73 A Farrell (DCU), A Gleeson (UCD A)

74 D O’Connor (NUIM C), J Lindsay (Ulster A), R Dutton (Ulster B), P Grant (Ulster A)

75 B Murray (UCC), G Hurley (NUIM A), J O’Driscoll (UCC), J McDonnell (NUIM C), S Carter (NUIM A), D Loftus (NUIM B), A Lowry (NUIM A)

76 D O’Sullivan (UCD A), R Kenny (NUIM C), T McLarnon (Ulster A), R Pierse (UCD A), C Melvin (NUIM B), G Mowat (Ulster B), C Reynolds (DCU), D O Connor (WIT)

77 D Byrne (NUIG), C Morrison (Ulster), R O’Doherty (NUIG), E O’Driscoll (UCD B), R Kennelly (TCD - Redhawks), A Stokes (TCD - Redhawks)

78 C O?Neill (IT Carlow), C Ringland (TCD - Bluejays), A Doran (DCU), C Flanagan (UCD B)

79 D Reidy (IT SLigo), G Barry (UCC), K Toolan (Ulster B), D Congdon (NUIM B), K Lynch (NUIM A), R O?Connor (LYIT), C Ryan (UCD A)

80 J Ryan (UCD B), R Carvill (Ulster B), J Yates (UCD A), B Cafferty (IT SLigo), G Shaw (NUIM B), C Woodroofe (NUIM C)

81 A Faulkner (LYIT), S Sexton (NUIM A), C Poland (TCD - Bluejays), S Rowland (IT SLigo)

82 D Power (WIT), C McGowan (IADT), J Robinson (Ulster), D Hogan (IT Blanchardstown), S McCarthy (NUIM B)

83 D Fitzgerald (IT Carlow), A Talbot (QUB), D McDonough (NUIG)

84 R McKinstry (QUB), J O’Driscoll (TCD - Redhawks), A Barry (UCC), M Nolan (IADT)

85 M Wylie (Ulster B), L McCarthy (UCC)

86 K Holland (IT Carlow), M Hannigan (IT SLigo), W DeCourcy (WIT), C Taylor (TCD - Redhawks), J Alton (IT Carlow)

87 C Williams (LYIT)

88 G Tobin (IT SLigo)

89 G Hattrell (TCD - Bluejays), D Whitty (WIT), C Nolan (IADT)

90 R Monroe (NUIG)

91 N Armstrong (TCD - Bluejays)

93 S Dooley (IT Carlow)

99 C Mc Nulty (LYIT)

Team scores