The Island's Kevin LeBlanc made a spectacular eagle two en route to a share of the first round lead in the weather-reduced Copa de Baleares in Mallorca.
The reigning Junior Open champion holed an eight-iron from 148 yards at the 324-yard 14th at Pula Golf as he posted an impressive 69 in tough conditions that left him tied for the lead with Spain's Mario Galiano, ranked No 8 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, on three under par.
Currently 2,903rd in the world, LeBlanc has a great opportunity to make a huge rankings leap this week in an event reduced to 54 holes after the opening day was wiped out by torrential rain.
LeBlanc and Galiano lead by two strokes from Spain's Gonzalo García and the Andalusia based Dane Victor Bjorlow with the leading quartet the only players in the 90-strong field to break par.
France based Tommy O'Driscoll, another of Ireland's up and coming young players, putted poorly for a 78 that leaves the Ulster Boys champion tied for 30th.
Warrenpoint's Jamie Fletcher, playing for the first time since the Spanish Boys Championship, was unable to shake off the rust and posted an 82 worth a share of 59th.