Warrenpoint’s Colm Campbell made four birdies in a two under 70 that left him just a shot off the pace after the opening round of the Brabazon Trophy at Hollinwell.
The Ulster interprovincial is in a four way tie for fourth place behind Austria’s Lukas Lipold and England’s Ben Taylor and Jordan Wrisdale, who opened with three under 69s.
Just 25 players shot par or better and they included Ardglass’ Cormac Sharvin and The Island’s Kevin LeBlanc, who shot one under 71s to share eighth spot.
It was a tougher day for the rest of the Irish though Dermot McElroy, Conor O’Rourke, Jack Hume, Paul McBride and Paul Dunne are all well in touch, tied for 26th after one over 73s.
The field will cut to the leading 60 players and ties after today’s second round, however, which leaves The Island’s Gavin Moynihan (74), Co Sligo’s Sean Flanagan (74) just inside the mark.
Daniel Hollland (76), Robin Dawson (76) and Richard Bridges (82) have work to do.
Brabazon Trophy supported by Your Golf Travel, Notts (Hollinwell Golf Club) - Par 72
T1 WRISDALE, Jordan Boston Golf Club -3 69
T1 TAYLOR, Ben Walton Heath Golf Club -3 69
T1 LIPOLD, Lukas Golf & Country Club Salzburg-Klessheim -3 69
T4 CAMPBELL, Colm Warrenpoint Golf Club -2 70
T8 SHARVIN, Cormac Ardglass Golf Club -1 71
T8 LE BLANC, Kevin The Island Golf Club -1 71
T26 MCELROY, Dermot Ballymena Golf Club +1 73
T26 O’ROURKE, Conor Naas Golf Club +1 73
T26 HUME, Jack Naas Golf Club +1 73
T26 MCBRIDE, Paul The Island Golf Club +1 73
T26 DUNNE, Paul Greystones Golf Club +1 73
T45 FLANAGAN, Sean Co. Sligo Golf Club +2 74
T45 MOYNIHAN, Gavin The Island Golf Club +2 74
T70 HOLLAND, Daniel Castle Golf Club +4 76
T70 DAWSON, Robin Faithlegg GC +4 76
T90 GALBRAITH, John-Ross Whitehead Golf Club +5 77
T146 BRIDGES, Richard Stackstown Golf Cub +10 8