Waterford’s Eanna Griffin. Picture: Pat Cashman/www.cashmanphotography.ieWaterford’s Eanna Griffin opened with a four-under 69 to take a one stroke lead over Grange player Robbie Pierse after the first round of the Irish Youths Amateur Open at Claremorris.

Stackstown’s Shaun Carter and Massereene’s Tiarnan McLarnon shot two under 71s to share third. John Ross Galbraith, Ronan Mullarney, Gary Collins and Adam Doran also broke par, carding 72s.

Tullamore’s Stuart Grehan got his title defence off to a solid start with a 74, leaving him alongside the player he beat in a playoff last year, Youghal’s Conor Coyne, on one over.

Irish Youths Amateur Open Championship, Claremorris GC (Par 73)

69 E Griffin (Waterford)

70 R Pierse (Grange)

71 S Carter (Stackstown), T McLarnon (Massereene)

72 R Mullarney (Galway), J Galbraith (Whitehead), A Doran (Ardee), G Collins (Rosslare)

73 B McCormack (Castle Barna), M Nolan (Delgany), J Hickey (Cork)

74 T Collins (Dun Laoghaire), C Coyne (Youghal), M Boucher (Carton House), S Grehan (Tullamore), D Reddan (Nenagh), S Maloney (Dunmurry Springs)

75 G Young (Birr), L Harnett (Milltown), K McCarron (North West), J McDonnell (Forrest Little), B Murray (Waterford Castle), R O’Connor (Co. Sligo), A Lowry (Esker Hills)

76 A Doyle (Bray), R Murray (Castle), D Foy (Laytown & Bettystown), P Tobin (Mahon), A Myles (Newlands), R McKeever (Castle), R Noonan (Galway Bay), E Farrell (Ardee), D O’Connor (Athlone), C Butler (Kinsale), C Purcell (Portmarnock), D Carey (Carton House), J Leacy (Dungarvan), C Kelly (Enniscrone), S Winsby (Whitehead), R McCullough (Massereene), D Reidy (Co. Sligo), C Kennedy (Forrest Little)

77 S Mc Carthy (Killeen Castle), C Melvin (Corrstown), T O’Driscoll (Ring Of Kerry), J Roche (Bray), A Kiernan (Forrest Little), G Mac Namara (Woodbrook), A Brennan (Athenry), K Lynch (Skibbereen), L Grehan (Mullingar)

78 S McGagh (Claremorris), D Jackson (Hilton Templepatrick), C Crowley (Woodbrook), C Dootson (Craddockstown), R O’Doherty (Enniscrone), S Clancy (Hermitage), B Murray (Waterford Castle), S bleakley (Shandon Park), S O’Donoghue (Portarlington), J Doherty (Ballina), E Cradock (Gort)

79 D Byrne (Athenry), M Manweiler Quinn (Bray), S Long (Tipperary), M McClean (Balmoral), S Cannon (Loughrea)

80 D Flynn (Carton House), D Whitty (Faithlegg), E O’Donovan (Craddockstown), S O’Connor (Carton House), J Neiland (Blainroe), C Woodroofe (Blainroe), C Geraghty (Laytown & Bettystown), C Gorevan (Carton House), J Whelan (Newlands)

81 P Coughlan (Moate), B O’Reilly (Athenry), G Leacy (Dungarvan), K Murphy (Charlesland), D Cosgrove (Kilcock), A Moore (Adare Manor)

82 A D’Arcy (Ballinrobe), J Conroy (Bray), R O’Dwyer (Callan), J Fletcher (Warrenpoint), M Burke (Ballinrobe), M MacGrath (Limerick)

83 M Ryan (New Ross), D Fitzgerald (Limerick), P Brennan (Belvoir Park), R McKinstry (Cairndhu)

84 C Hurley (The Heritage), L O’Hara (Athenry), C Glynn (Carton House)

85 P McKeever (Castle), J Lindsay (North West), D Morley (Oughterard)

86 H Coyne (Carton House)

87 M Kiernan (Delgany)

88 J Doyle (Forrest Little)

89 D Kelly (Hermitage)

91 C McGoldrick (Enniscrone)