Power begins Irish Boys defence with six-birdie 67
 Mark Power (Kilkenny Golf Club). Picture courtesy GUI/© Golffile by Thos Caffrey

Mark Power (Kilkenny Golf Club). Picture courtesy GUI/© Golffile by Thos Caffrey

Kilkenny's Mark Power holds a one-shot lead after opening with a five-under par 67 in his defence of the Irish Boys Amateur Open Championship in Castletroy.

Power made six birdies and was bogey-free on the back nine as he moved one clear of Rosslare’s John Brady.

Raphael Le Bot from France stands alone in third following a 69.

Andrew Hickey from Ballyhaunis had a moment to savour when he recorded a hole-in-one at the 14th.

Play resumes on Wednesday with the top 50 and ties after Thursday's third round progressing to the final day.

IRISH BOYS AMATEUR OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP, Castletroy GC (Par 72)

Detailed scores 

67 M Power (Kilkenny)

68 J Brady (Rosslare)

69 R Le Bot (France)

70 A Edwards-Hill (England); A Marshall (Lisburn); K Van der Weele (Netherlands)

71 J Cope (England); A Boland (Mallow); P Cunnane (Malone); D Cunningham (Tandragee)

72 D Daniels (England)

73 M Marin (France); R Black (Hilton Templepatrick); L Power (Galway); B Rossiter Gargan (Rosslare); M Hanley (Limerick); R Fitzgerald (Limerick); J Hanney (The Island); A Hill (Athenry)

74 S Jones (Belvoir Park); J Hrinda (Slovakia); J Mackin (Dundalk); R Kelly (Tuam); C Raymond (Newlands); L Schiergen (Germany); O Maguire (Slieve Russell); S Doyle (The Island); J Hearn (Tramore); R Williams (England); L O'Neill (Connemara); C Larcelet (France)

75 J Tuohy (Galway Bay); D Gurr (England); B McGuinness (Claremorris); R Moran (Castle); D Lynch (Clonmel); J Rooney (Co. Armagh); C Denvir (Elm Park); D Kelly (Cill Dara); C Dawson (Tramore); J Keane (Lahinch); N Hearns (Mountrath)

76 K McGinley (Sunningdale); A Hickey (Ballyhaunis); J Heatherington (Glasson); R Latimer (Knock); A Telli (Turkey); D Keating (Seapoint); D Steinarsson (Iceland); J Black (Hilton Templepatrick); J Doherty (Carton House)

77 E Murphy (Dundalk); N Saldarov (England); C McGuinness (Claremorris); J Small (Elm Park); Z Glynn (Bray); D Graham (Woodenbridge); O O'Driscoll (Golf Clementader); J Hyland (Omagh); C Byrne (Strabane); A Lennie (Clandeboye); I Turner (England); J Temple (Portmarnock); A Laussot (France)

78 B Howlin (The Heritage); S Carroll (Castle Dargan); J Shellard (Lisburn); H Gillivan (Westport); T Smyth (Castle); C Glennon (Glasson); R Cowhey (Elm Park); S Leonard (Mitchelstown); J Egan (Muskerry)

79 N Grant (The Island); C Ffrench (Carton House); L Nolan (Galway); C Murtagh (Balcarrick); J McCabe (Roganstown); D O'Connell (Kanturk); A Maguire (Laytown & Bettystown); R Abernethy (Dun Laoghaire); B Haq (England); T Westenberger (Germany); K Tanpolat (Turkey); J Madden (Royal Portrush); K Robinson (Castlewarden)

80 L Merrigan (Bray); S Dowling (The Island); B Phipps (Ardee); O Telli (Turkey); E Sullivan (Carton House); P Callaghan (Castle Dargan); S Galvin (Fota Island); E Walsh (Mallow); C McDonald (Lurgan); D Raher (Dungarvan); J Logue (Hilton Templepatrick); J Rowe (Tandragee); P Bird (Co. Sligo); S Kearney (Esker Hills); S Miller (Clandeboye)

81 S Laverty (Dundalk); I Halpin (Cahir Park); J Hogan (Castletroy); S Kestell (Woodbrook); H Riboud (France); R Milne (Faithlegg); R Duggan (Kilkenny); R Eccles (Carton House)

82 L O'Sullivan (The Heritage); R Rikardsson (Iceland); R Galligan (Elm Park); M Kennedy (The Royal Dublin); S Fitzgerald (Tullamore); D Kitt (Athenry); D Leufer (Athenry); S O'Brien (Nenagh); J Everard (Kilkenny); J Connolly (Elm Park); D Li (Germany)

83 E Telli (Turkey); S Downes (The Royal Dublin); A Mulhall (Waterford Castle); E McGrath (Athlone); R Thompson (Greenacres); D Boden (Belvoir Park); J Brown (The Heath)

84 C Roe (Powerscourt); P Conroy (Enniscorthy); R Hynes (Oughterard); D Rochford (Bray); T Plunkett (Crover House); B Hynes (Greystones)

85 A Doherty (Carton House); D Kelleher (Blarney); J Pontes (Portugal)

86 K Patton (Lisburn); B Peden (Grange Castle); C Meade (East Clare); S Murphy (Portumna); W Eardley (England)

87 J Robinson (Lisburn)

88 C Dunn (Foyle); D Twomey (Elm Park).