Dawson starts well at British Amateur
 Robin Dawson (Tramore) driving at the 5th tee during the final round of the Flogas Irish Amateur Open Championship at Royal County Down Golf Club. Picture by  Pat Cashman

Robin Dawson (Tramore) driving at the 5th tee during the final round of the Flogas Irish Amateur Open Championship at Royal County Down Golf Club. Picture by Pat Cashman

Tramore's Robin Dawson carded a four-under par 68 at Prince's to lead the 20-strong Irish contingent after the first round of strokeplay qualifying for the Amateur Championship.

The leading 64 players after two rounds at Prince's and Royal St George's will qualify for the matchplay stages at Sandwich on Wednesday but so far only Dawson, Stuart Grehan, Rowan Lester and Paul McBride are inside the magic number.

Most of the low scoring came at Prince's with Grehan shoot 69 and Lester a 71 as McBride carded an excellent, one-under 69 at Royal St George's.

Eighteen of the top 19 scores came at Prince's where Iceland's Gisli Sveinbergsson shot an eight-under par 64 to lead by a shot from Italy's Alberto Castagnara.

The Amateur Championship,  Royal St George's (Par 70)/ Prince's (Par 72)

Detailed scores

T11 DAWSON, Robin Tramore -4 68
T20 GREHAN, Stuart Tullamore -3 69
T58 LESTER, Rowan Hermitage -1 71
T58 MCBRIDE, Paul The Island -1 69
T83 HOOD, Jordan Galgorm Castle Par 70
T83 O’ROURKE, Conor Naas Par 70
T83 RAFFERTY, Caolan Dundalk Par 70
T118 GALBRAITH, John Ross Whitehead +1 71
T118 FLANAGAN, Sean Co. Sligo +1 71
T118 GLEESON, Alex Castle +1 71
T156 FAIRWEATHER, Colin Knock +2 72
T196 YATES, Jonathan Naas +3 75
T196 O’KEEFFE, Peter Douglas +3 73
T224 PURCELL, Conor Portmarnock +4 74
T224 CAMPBELL, Colm Warrenpoint +4 74
T242 PIERSE, Jack Portmarnock +5 75
T263 MCLARNON, Tiarnan Massereene +6 76
T263 WHELAN, Jake Newlands +6 76
T263 LENEHAN, Geoff Portmarnock +6 78
T279 MULLARNEY, Ronan Galway +7 77