North West's Mick McGeady fired five birdies and an eagle in a six under 66 to lie just one shot off the lead after the first round of the PGA Europro Tour's Break90 Classic at De Vere Slaley Hall.
The Donegal ace, currently 28th in the PGA Europro Tour money list, had just one bogey in a fine opening effort in windy conditions on the Priestman Course at the Northumberland venue.
Sheffield’s James Maw shot a magnificent 65 to lead by one stroke on seven under par from McGeady and Scotsman Ross Kellett while Stiggy Hodgson carded a first-round 67 which included three eagles to to sit alone in fourth on five under.
Waterville's Mark Murphy and Clandeboye's Jonny Caldwell are tied 26th after one under 71s with Glasson's Colm Moriarty tied for 39th after a 72.
Break90 Classic, De Vere Slaley Hall
Irish Scores - Full scoreboard
- T2 Michael McGeady North West Golf Club -6 F 66
- T26 Mark Murphy Unattached -1 F * 71
- T26 Jonathan Caldwell Clandeboye -1 F * 71
- T39 Colm Moriarty Glasson Hotel and Golf Club E F 72
- T50 Tim Rice Limerick Golf Club +1 F 73
- T50 Cian Curley Newlands Golf Club +1 F 73
- T59 Paul Cutler Team Ireland +2 F 74
- T59 Matt McAlpin The Ramore +2 F 74
- T59 David Rawluk The Island Golf Club +2 F * 74