Just 10 break 80 at The European Club - Gleeson leads with super 75
Alex Gleeson. Archive picture by Pat Cashman

Alex Gleeson. Archive picture by Pat Cashman

Only 10 players in the 86-strong field managed to break 80 in the opening round of the Irish Intervarsity Championship at The European Club.

Despite the fact that many tees were pushed forward, the testing conditions proved to much for most and the average score was 88.89 for the men with Alex Gleeson of UCD and Castle finishing with a birdie for a sensational, four over 75 and a one-stroke lead over defending champion Declan Loftus (76) of Maynooth.

NUIG's Peter Fleming, UCD's Ted Collins and Maynooth's Stuart Grehan are all a further shot back after posting 77s in what the GUI described as "cold, near-gale" conditions.

Click for detailed scores from the men's competition

Maynooth's Carla Reynolds sot 79 to lead the Ladies Championship by two shots from Queens University's Jessica Ross on a day when the women averaged just over 93 on what is arguably Ireland's toughest championship test. Click for detailed scores from the women's competition.

Irish Intervarsity Championship, The European Club 

Round 1 (Wednesday 18th February)

75 Alex Gleeson (UCD)

76 Declan Loftus (Maynooth)

77 Ted Collins (UCD), Stuart Grehan (Maynooth), Peter Fleming (NUIG)

79 Sean Flanagan (Maynooth), Jack Walsh (Maynooth), Alastair McQuillian (Ulster), Matthew McClean (Ulster)

80 Stephen Kinch (Maynooth), Neil McKinstry (Ulster)

81 Paul Cullen (DKIT), Eoghan O' Donovan (Maynooth)

82 Andrew McCormack (UL), Shane McGlynn (DCU), John Conroy (UCD)

83 Jack McDonnell (Maynooth), Iain Collins (NCI)

84 Alex Doyle (DIT), Derek Power (WIT), John Robinson (Ulster)

85 Kyle McCarron (Maynooth)

86 Jack Ryan (UCD), Cian Kidney (UCC), Darragh Flynn (Maynooth), Ross Dutton (Ulster), Tiarnan McLarnon (Ulster), Conor Stone (Maynooth), Eoin O'Brien (Maynooth), Ryan Gribben (Ulster), Nicholas Armstrong (TCD), Colm Hughes (NUIG), James Lindsay (Ulster)

87 Jim McKee (Ulster), Andrew Gorman (DKIT), Ronan Mullarney (Maynooth), Cillian Byrne (DIT), Gavin Young (WIT)

88 Daragh Congdon (Mayooth), Andrew Stokes (TCD), Alan Lowry (Maynooth), Eoin O'Hehir (DIT), Jonathan Yates (UCD), Cathal Nolan (NUIG), Colin Woodroofe (Maynooth), Jake Whelan (Maynooth)

89 Daniel O'Byrne (TCD), Jamie Cronin (UCC), Stefan Greenberg (Ulster), Gareth Mann (UCD)

90 Sean Walsh (Maynooth)

91 Declan Reidy (IT Sligo), Niall O'Connor (Maynooth)

92 Matthew McGowan (Maynooth), Gerard MacNamara (Maynooth)

93 Ben Murray (UCC), Craig Melvin (Maynooth), Kieran Lynch (Maynooth), Joseph Neiland (UCD), Marcus Looby (IADT), Brian Dunne (DKIT)

94 Conor Nolan (IADT)

95 Darren O'Brien (UCC), Mark Mulvanney (IT Sligo)

96 John Mccarthy (UCD), Ryan O'Dwyer (Hibernia)

99 Andrew Bonham (DCU), Sean O’Connor (Maynooth)

101 Liam Grehan (Maynooth)

103 Dylan O'Connor (WIT)

104 Niall Kennedy (WIT)

106 Glenn Austin (WIT)

108 Michael Gielty (NCI)

NR  Roy O'Neill (IT Sligo), Ryan McKinstry (QUB)


Irish Ladies Intervarsity Championship, The European Club

Round 1 (Wednesday 18th February)

79 Carla Reynolds (Maynooth)

81 Jessica Ross (QUB)

86 Sinead Sexton (Maynooth)

88 Roisin Brady (Ulster)

91 Shannen Brown (Maynooth)

92 Kate Whyte (Maynooth)

94 Laura Doherty (TCD)

96 Maeve Kelly (Maynooth)

97 Shannon Burke (Maynooth)

109 April Timothy (DIT)

110 Clare Martyn (DIT)