Kearney in touch in Turkey

Niall Kearney. Picture: Thos Caffrey /

Royal Dublin's Niall Kearney continued his fine streak of form with an opening 72 leaving him just four strokes off the pace in the Turkish Airlines Challenge.

Tied for 14th on his last Challenge Tour start in the Challenge de Catalunya three weeks ago — he was also third in the Greystones Pro-Am and second in the Dr. William Flynn Memorial Pro-Am in Shannon last week — the 26-year old Dubliner is tied for 26th on level par after a 72.

Ruaidhri McGee's 73 left him joint 33rd with Stephen Grant (76) tied 81st and Gareth Shaw (77) 96th on five over.

Kearney trails Guillaume Cambis by four shots after the Frenchman gathered extensive knowledge on the course at National Golf Club while caddying for his friend at a Ladies European Tour event held at the same venue.

The Frenchman decided to travel to Turkey earlier than usual before Jade Schaeffer, girlfriend of European Tour player François Calmels, requested his assistance in carrying the bag in the final day of last week's Turkish Airlines Ladies Open.

Cambis made full use of that little piece of investigative work as he negotiated his way around the challenging lay-out in four under par, carding a 68 to move one shot clear of Englishmen Matt Ford and Chris Paisley and Sweden’s Michael Jonzon.

Turkish Airlines Challenge

68 G Cambis  (Fra),

69 M Ford (Eng), C Paisley  (Eng), M Jonzon (Swe),

70 B An (Kor), S Arnold  (Aus), R Coles (Eng), A Johnston (Eng), J Palmer (Eng),

71 O Stark (Swe), P Figueiredo  (Por), D Coupland (Eng), J Lagergren (Swe), J Harrison (Eng), G Porteous (Eng), M Wiegele  (Aut), M Delpodio  (Ita), J Lando Casanova  (Fra), W Booth  (Sco), B Åkesson (Swe)

72 R McEvoy  (Eng), N Kimsey (Eng), B Chapellan (Fra), N Quintarelli (Ita), M Trappel  (Aut), M Orrin (Eng), N Kearney (Irl), O Farr (Wal), W Huang (Chn), P Edberg (Swe), E Espana (Fra), R Davies (Wal),

73 L Nemecz (Aut), S Little (Eng), D Stewart (Sco), J Makitalo  (Fin), G Woolgar (Eng) , J Barnes (Eng) , L Corfield  (Eng) , G Lockerbie (Eng), A Tadini (Ita), A Bernadet  (Fra), R McGee (Irl), B Hebert  (Fra), R Steiner (Aut), F Bergamaschi (Ita), L Kennedy  (Eng), J Fahrbring (Swe),

74 A Björk (Swe), L Jensen (Den), R Russell (Sco), K Samooja (Fin), E Johansen  (Nor) , P Widegren  (Swe) , D Ulrich (Sui) , A McArthur, (Sco), M Lampert (Ger), J Kennegard  (Swe), C Hanson (Eng), W Besseling  (Ned), C Mivis  (Bel), S Matus  (Cze), T Linard (Fra), A Marshall (Eng), A Rota (Ita), N Lemke (Swe), M Lafeber (Ned), R Enoch  (Wal),

75 S Hutsby  (Eng), H Sayin (Tur), L Claverie (Esp), T Lee (USA), D Frittelli (RSA) , N Ravano (Ita) , A Snobeck  (Fra) , P Archer (Eng), S Brown (Eng), J Sjöholm (Swe), H Joannes  (Bel), S Tiley (Eng),

76 G Watremez (Bel), P McKechnie (Sco), C Kelly (Sco), T Remkes (Ned), O Wilson (Eng), M Rominger  (Sui), P Dwyer (Eng), C Ford (Eng), T Nørret (Den), S Grant  (Irl), J Legarrea (Esp), L Goddard  (Eng), J Huldahl (Den), P Maddy (Eng), H Esmer (am) (Tur),

77 K Benz (Sui), G Shaw (Nir), C Bouniol (Fra), B Evans  (Eng), D Vancsik (Arg), J Garcia Del Moral (Esp), J Gonnet  (Fra), C Russo (Fra), A Altuntas (am) (Tur),

78 O Henningsson  (Swe), T Sluiter  (Ned), A Korinek (Cze), D Gavins (Eng), B Ritthammer (Ger), C Macaulay  (Sco), M Haines  (Eng), R Hahn (Hun), L Gagli  (Ita), D Geminiani (Ita), G Wright  (Wal), T Pulkkanen  (Fin),

79 G Murray  (Sco), R Kind (Ned), N Raymond (Eng), S Garcia Rodriguez (Esp), M Grönberg (Swe), F Praegant (Aut), C Lloyd (Eng),

80 S Bay (Tur), B Virto  (Esp), D Gaunt (Eng), B Kara (Tur), N Johansson (Swe), D Law (Sco), P Gal  (Cze), C Brazillier  (Fra), H Yamac (Tur), U Karatas (Tur),

81 J Rask (Swe), J Elson  (Eng), M Haastrup  (Den), M Glauert (Ger),

82 N Thommen  (Sui), J Winther (Den), B Karatas (Tur), O Floren  (Swe), M Hocaoglu (Tur),

83 O Aydin (Tur), D Kemmer (USA), S Akarsu (am) (Tur), M Guner (am) (Tur),

84 C Kaya (Tur),

86 M Hensby (Aus), A Perrino  (Ita), M Ceylan (Tur),

87 E Kemaloglu (am) (Tur), 

90 D Suchan  (Cze), A Rajmont  (Cze), 

91 E Demirci (Tur),

93 K Kalafatoglu (Tur),

94 A Akyurek (Tur).