Delgany's Mark Staunton and Clontarf's Eamonn Brady shared first prize at the LowFuelcard.ie Irish PGA Championship Pro-Am at Dundalk GC on Wednesday.
The duo carded five under par rounds of 67 at the Co Louth venue to lay down an early marker ahead of the four-day LowFuelCard.ie Irish PGA Championship which gets underway on Thursday.
With a shot-gun start in operation, Brady, currently second in the PGA in Ireland Order of Merit, began his round at the fourth and opened up with a birdie.
He got into his stride after the 10th, collecting further birdies at the 11th, 12th and 14th as he reached four under without a blemish on his card. A final birdie at the par four first, his 16th hole of the day, was followed by two more pars to close out the round.
Staunton started his round at the 16th, collecting three pars before rattling off three birdies in the space of five holes at the first, third and fifth.
He was through the front nine in three under par 33 and added further birdies at the 10th and 14th to join Brady at the head of affairs.
David Ryan (Cahir Park) and Brendan McGovern (Headfort GC) finished the day tied for second on three under par.
Brady also walked away with the team prize, guiding his amateur partners to victory with 94 points, two points ahead of Marian Riordan and partners.
The opening shots in the Irish PGA Championship will be struck at 8am on Thursday morning.
Entry is free for spectators.
LowFuelCard.ie Irish PGA Championship
Round one tee-times
- 8:00 Graham Sweeney Balbriggan GC , Ian Brennan Greenore GC, Brian McCormack Edenderry Golf Academy
- 8.10 Diarmaid Fraser Killarney Golf & Fishing Club, Victoria Bradshaw, Alan Staunton Hollywood Lakes GC
- 8.20 Philip McLaughlin Royal Dublin GC, Michael Kelly Dun Laoghaire GC, Chris Moriarty Open Fairways Limited
- 8.30 Thomas Johnston Castlerock GC, Sean Cannon Athenry GC, Graham Byrne Palmerstown Stud GC
- 8.40 James Quinlivan Mullingar GC, Seamus McMonagle Dunfanaghy GC, Ciaran Molloy Blackwood Golf Centre
- 8.50 Steven Quinlan, Cian Curley Royal Tara GC, Mark Whelan Castlewarden Golf & CC
- 9.00 Dara Lernihan Elm Park GC, Brendan McGovern Headfort GC, Daniel Beattie Deer Park Hotel Golf & Spa
- 9.10 Phil Collins Galgorm Castle GC, William Noble County Cavan GC, Gerard Hall Edenderry Golf Academy
- 9.20 Sean Whelan Ballinrobe GC, Alan Gleeson Castlemartyr Links GC, Marian Riordan Ballykisteen Hotel & Golf Resort
- 12.00 Bert Mackay Castlerock GC, Gregory Leech, Cormac Power St Helen’s Bay GC
- 12.10 Mark O’Sullivan Piltown Driving Range, Mark Staunton Delgany GC, David Ryan Cahir Park GC
- 12.20 Richard Kilpatrick Banbridge GC, Donal Gleeson Old Conna GC, Glen Robinson.
- 12.30 Colm Moriarty Drive Golf Performance Limited, Neil O’Briain Old Conna GC, Noel Murray Massereene GC
- 12.40 Simon Thornton Team Ireland, Eamonn Brady Clontarf GC, Jimmy Bolger Kilkenny GC
- 12.50 Niall Kearney Royal Dublin GC, David Higgins Waterville Golf Links, Damian Mooney Ballyliffin.
- 1.00 Kenny Fahey GUI National Academy, Hazel Kavanagh Carr Golf Services, Daniel Sugrue Killarney Golf & Fishing Club
- 1.10 Leo Hynes Killiney GC, Mark O’Mahony Titleist National Fitting Cent, Jerry Scullion Kilkeel GC
- 1.20 Cian McNamara Monkstown GC, Cormac Hennessy, Barrie Trainor Cairndhu GC
- 8.00 Kevin McGivern Mannan Castle GC, Brian Kerley Green Life Golf Centre, Adam Dunmore Bundoran GC
- 8.10 Brian Sweeney Sutton GC, Shaun Donnelly Castle Hume GC, Mark Peat Bray GC
- 8:20 Conor Gorevan Hermitage GC, David Leathem Nevada Bobs Belfast, Brian Doheny
- 8.30 Christopher Carvill Belvoir Park GC, Padraig Dooley Drive Golf Performance Limited, Ciaran Boggan County Meath GC
- 8.40 Shane McCabe Killeen GC, Scott Wilson Co. Louth GC, Brendan Walton Island GC
- 8.50 Kevin Foy Stepaside Golf Centre, John Murray Malahide GC, Joe Murray Hollystown GC
- 9.00 Bernard Quigley Tullamore GC, Peter O’Hagan Luttrellstown Castle GC, Joe Dillon Headfort GC
- 9.10 David Hughes Massereene GC, Michael O’Shea Rathsallagh GC, Paul Stevenson Portadown GC
- 9.20 David Barry Douglas GC, Brian McCormack Galway GC, Conor Deegan Dun Laoghaire GC
- 12.00 Ryan Madigan Waterford Castle GC, Seamus Clinton Letterkenny GC, Michael Stanford Dunmurry GC
- 12.10 Leslie Walker Dundalk GC, Michael McDermott Pure Golf Leopardstown, David Mortimer Galway GC
- 12.20 Conor Russell Sutton GC, Richard Creamer Arklow GC, John Dwyer Ashbourne GC
- 12.30 Noel Fox GUI National Academy, Rebecca Codd, Graeme Dunlea Monkstown GC
- 12.40 David Walker Foxrock GC, Liam Bowler Wexford GC, Stephen McCarthy Black Bush GC
- 12.50 Mark O’Boyle Heath GC, Shane Franklin LD Golf Limited, John Dignam Slade Valley GC
- 1.00 Leonard Owens Royal Dublin GC, Dermot O’Neill, Peter Jones Coollattin GC
- 1.10 Robert Giles Greenore GC, Paul Masterson Coollattin GC, Peter Morgan Elm Park GC
PRO-AM LowFuelCard.ie Irish PGA Championship, Dundalk GC (Par 72)
T1 E Brady (Clontarf GC); M Staunton (Delgany GC) 67
T3 D Ryan (Cahir Park GC); B McGovern (Headfort GC) 69
T5 C Moriarty (Drive Golf Performance); G Dunlea (Monkstown GC); D Mooney (Ballyliffin) 71
T8 N Kearney (Royal Dublin GC); J Dwyer (Ashbourne GC); N Murray (Massereene GC) 72