Smith the only par-breaker in Connacht Boys
 An archive image of Darragh Smith (Castle) Picture by  Pat Cashman

An archive image of Darragh Smith (Castle) Picture by Pat Cashman

Castle's Darragh Smith fired the only sub par round of the day when he opened with a one under 69 to take a one stroke lead in the Connacht U18 Boys Open at Galway Golf Club.

Four birdies and three bogeys were enough for the Dubliner to set the pace by the minimum from Limerick's Ciaran Vaughan with Conor Meade (East Clare Golf Club), Seamus Burke (Mount Juliet Golf Club), Seán Carroll (Castle Dargan), Liam Nolan (Galway Golf Club) and Andrew Hickey (Ballyhaunis Golf Club) the next best on 72.

The recently crowned Irish Boys champion, Kilkenny's Mark Power, opened with a seven over 77 and lies tied 42nd, a shot outside the Top 39 who will make the 36 hole cut for the final round.

Connacht U18 Boys Open, Galway GC

Detailed scores

69 Darragh Smith (Castle)

70 Ciaran Vaughan (Limerick)

72 Conor Meade (East Clare), Seamus Burke (Mount Juliet), Seán Carroll (Castle Dargan), Liam Nolan (Galway), Andrew Hickey (Ballyhaunis)

73 Jack Hearn (Tramore), Mark Healy (Kinsale), Allan Hill (Athenry), Hugh O'Hare (Fortwilliam)

74 Jack Doherty (Carton House), Matthew Fitzsimons (Ardglass), Jack Tuohy (Galway Bay), Sean Doyle (Athlone), Paul Kelly (Glasson), Patrick Somers (Grange), Cameron Raymond (Newlands), Liam Power (Galway)

75 Jack McGarry (Rosslare), Marc McKinstry (Cairndhu), Eamonn O'Driscoll (France), Jason Murphy (Greenore), Charlie McDonnell (Castleblayney), Ryan Corry (Clandeboye), Michael Shiel (Athenry), Brian Houston (Lisburn), Michael McGurk (Warrenpoint)

76 Tom Dowdall (Woodbrook), Morgan Hanley (Limerick), Ross McCabe (Roganstown G & CC), Paddy Culhane (Galway), Oisin Fleming (Dun Laoghaire), Liam Dowling (Mallow), Andrew Mulhall (Waterford Castle), Ross Kelly (Tuam), Lucas Mota-Pascual (), Dara Phelan (Faithlegg), Shane Hogan (The Heritage), Eric Doran (Baltinglass), Aaron Ryan (Thurles)

77 Mark Power (Kilkenny), Patrick Brennan (Belvoir Park), Luke O'Brien Jnr (Limerick), Matthew Grehan (Tullamore), David Kitt (Athenry), Darren Hourihan (Douglas), Luke O'Neill (Connemara), Aaron Bagnall (Millicent), Michael Wylde (Killiney), Peter Cummins (Lurgan), James Temple (Portmarnock), Patrick Cunnane (Malone), Mark Burke (Tuam)

78 Conor Byrne (Bishops Gate USA) (), Ian Halpin (Cahir Park), Joseph O'Neill (Tralee), Brian O'Connell (Bandon), Charlie Denvir (Powerscourt), Kevin Power (Kilkenny), Ashley Emerson (Ardglass), Brian Jnr Fehily (Newlands), Shane Kearney (Esker Hills), John Murphy (Kinsale), James Cronin (Woodbrook), Jake Rowe (Tandragee), Jeff Kealy (Kilkenny), Jordan Logue (Hilton Templepatrick)

79 Sean Enright (Limerick), Jonathan Hayden (The Royal Dublin), Reece Black (Hilton Templepatrick), David Cunningham (Tandragee), Niall Grant (Island), Robert Moran (Castle), Jack Madden (Dungannon), Sean Burke (Galway), Barry Howlin (The Heritage), Oisin O'Driscoll (France) (), Harry Duggan (Kilkenny), Niall Hearns (Mountrath Golf Club), Tyrone Clarke (Royal Portrush Golf Club), Gareth Carr (Mullingar Golf Club), Conor Ruane (Galway Bay Golf Club), A.j. McCabe (Malahide Golf))))), Jake Vickers (Balbriggan Golf Club))

80 Andrew Benson (Sco) (), Michael Kennelly (Athenry), Sean Kestell (Woodbrook), Ben Hynes (Greystones), Tommy Smyth (Castle), Calum Spicer (Dromoland), Conor McDonald (Lurgan Golf Club), Brian McGuinness (Claremorris Golf Club)))

81 Jeff Hogan (Castletroy), Evan Henry (Ballyhaunis), Daniel McNally (Carton House), Aaron Lennie (Clandeboye), Tom Armstrong (Co. Sligo), Cathal Hastings (Castlebar), Lorcan O'Sullivan (The Heritage), Brendan Rossiter (Rosslare)

82 Darren Leufer (Athenry), Manel Beltan Pomedio (Esp) (), Ronan Hynes (Oughterard), Louis O'Hara (Athenry), David Burns (Cushendall), Cillian Lawless (Athenry), Michael O'Farrell (Galway), Conor Glennon (Glasson), Ciaran Gregan (Forrest Little.), Joe O'Farrell (Galway), Seán Dodd (St. Anne's), Quim Vidal ()

83 Ronan Cahill (Castlerea), Ross Nelson (Belvoir Park), Gavin Flanagan (Mullingar), Conor Rice (Athlone), Mikey Burke (Galway), Oriol Martinez Lozano (Esp) (), Cian Mooney (Faithlegg), Jason Davis (Carton House), Cillian Moloney (Fota Island), Zachariah Glynn (Bray), Ciaran Henry (Strandhill), Craig Blakeney (Royal Tara Golf Club))

84 Connor Mulholland (Mount Juliet), Harry McGeary (Dungannon), Ryan Sheerin (Tullamore), Aodan Comerford (Bearna), Max Kennedy (The Royal Dublin)

85 Tommy Doran (Balbriggan), Robert Downes (Galway Bay), Paddy Bird (Co. Sligo), Eric Rumley (Kinsale), Ross Murphy Sweeney (Glasson), Harry Gillivan (Westport)

86 Eoin Griffin (Galway)

87 Conor McGuinness (Claremorris), Jack Small (Elm Park)

88 Richard Duggan (Kilkenny)

89 Peter Clark (Royal Portrush), Stephen Fitzgerald (Tullamore)

90 Thomas Plunkett (Crover House)

92 Ryan Gibbons (Castlebar), Marcus Brennan (Galway Bay)

93 Graham Curry (Faughan Valley)

94 Peter O'Hara (Co. Sligo)

NR John Oster (Laytown & Bettystown), 

WD Alex Masede (Esp)