Eight Irish players are inside the all important top 32 heading into Thursday’s second qualifying round of the Spanish Amateur Open Championship at the Real Club de Golf in Seville.
Welshman Owen Edwards fired a six under 66 to lead by two shots from Austria’s Luka Lipold with England’s Ashton Turner and Marco Penge tied third after 69s.
But Naas Jonathan Yates is tied 12th on one under after a 71 while clubmate and world No 11 Jack Hume (bidding for his third win in a row) shot a level par 72 to share 19th with Ballymena’s Dermot McElroy, Whitehead’s John Ross Galbraith, Maynooth’s Stuart Grehan and Naas’ Conor O’Rourke.
Robin Dawson and Thomas Mulligan shot one over 73s to share 29th but the rest of the Irish have work to do to make the top 32 who will contest the first matchplay round on Friday.
Spanish Amateur Open Championship, RCG Sevilla (Par 72)
36-hole strokeplay qualifying - Round 1
66 EDWARDS, OWEN
68 LIPOLD, LUKAS
69 TURNER, ASHTON; PENGE, MARCO
70 GALIANO AGUILAR, MARIO; MATA ALSDORF, ADRIAN; GOETH-RASMUSSEN, JONATHAN; BOEGEL, MAXIMILIAN; WALKER, JAMES; SYME, CONNOR; COUSSAUD, UGO.
71 MIGLIOZZI, GUIDO; PASTOR RUFIAN, VICTOR; YATES, JONATHAN; WATSON, NICK; SAINZ DELGADO, JAVIER; DAVIDSON, JACK; GEISSLER, RAPHAEL.
72 MCELROY, DERMOT; HUME, JACK; GALBRAITH, JOHN-ROSS; GREHAN, STUART; O´ROURKE, CONOR
73 DAWSON, ROBIN; MULLIGAN, THOMAS
74 CAMPBELL, COLM
75 FAIRWEATHER, COLIN; LENEHAN, GEOFF
77 GLEESON, ALEX