Smith fires 65 to lead Irish Students Championship at Bray

Smith fires 65 to lead Irish Students Championship at Bray
 Darragh Smith (Castle) during the recent AIG Irish Amateur Close at Galway Golf Club. Picture by  Pat Cashman

Darragh Smith (Castle) during the recent AIG Irish Amateur Close at Galway Golf Club. Picture by Pat Cashman

Castle's Darragh Smith recovered from bogeys at his first two holes to card a five-under par 65 for a one-stroke lead after the opening round of the Irish Students Amateur Open Championship at Bray.

The leader eagled the par-five sixth and added birdies at the seventh, eighth, 11th, 14th and 15th to lead by the minimum on five-under par from Maynooth Scholars' Alan Fahy.

Maynooth golfers Ronan Mullarney, Eanna Griffin and Kyle McCarron, Ulster's Steffan Greenberg and Dublin Business School's Antony McDaid share third place in the 54-hole event, three shots off the lead after 68s.

Maynooth's Shannon Burke and Molly Dowling shot level par 72s to lead the women's tournament by a shot from team mate Ciara Casey.

Team Standings after Round 1

134 MU Scholars B

138 MU Scholars A

140 MU Club A

145 MU Women A

142 DCU; UCC A; NUIG A

144 Ulster B; MU Club B

149 MU Women B

147 NUIG B

149 UCC B

150 Ulster A

151 UCD C; TCD

152 MU Club C

153 UCD A

Men’s Standings (Par 70; CSS for Round 1: 73)

65 D Smith (Castle)

66 A Fahy (MU Scholars B)

68 R Mullarney (MU Scholars A); E Griffin (MU Scholars B); K McCarron (MU Scholars B); S Greenberg (Ulster (b)); A McDaid (Palmerstown Stud/DBS)

69 C Woodroofe (MU Club A); S Desmond (UCC (a)); P Kerr (Royal Portrush/St Andrews Un.); A Lennie (Clandeboye)

70 H Duggan (Kilkenny); D Hourihan (UCC (b)); C Henry (Strandhill); C Butler (MU Scholars A); T Beaumont (Bangor); S Mc Dermott (NUIG (a)); J Hood (MU Scholars A)

71 M McKenna (Dun Laoghaire); J Mc Donnell (MU Club A); J McVicker (Ulster A); J Quinn (DCU); E Collins (DCU); J Sugrue (Mallow); A McSweeney (Douglas)

72 C Melvin (MU Club C); J Hapgood (Wales); H Foley (The Royal Dublin); A Ryan (Thurles); T Ford (MU Club B); R O'Doherty (NUIG (b)); M Kennelly (NUIG (a)); G Carr (MU Club B); M Mc Gurk (Warrenpoint)73  B Murray (UCC (a)); J Hayden (The Royal Dublin); J Hearn (Tramore); M Nolan (Delgany)

73 B Murray (UCC (a)); J Hayden (The Royal Dublin); J Hearn (Tramore); M Nolan (Delgany)

74 M Healy (Kinsale); W Small (Tandragee); C Ryan (Dun Laoghaire); C Hughes (NUIG (a)); L Flynn (Dun Laoghaire); Z Glynn (Bray); R Williamson (Holywood); O Crooks (Bushfoot); R Moran  (Castle); C Feeney (Co. Sligo); D McAleenon (Lisburn); N Hearns (Mountrath)

75 K McDermott (Knockanally); W Eickholt (Portmarnock); J Fletcher (Warrenpoint); C McGoldrick (Enniscrone); M Shiel (NUIG (b)); C Hastings (Castlebar); C Patterson (Lurgan)

76 J McGrath (Dun Laoghaire/DIT); G Fitzmaurice (UCD A); J Temple (Portmarnock); M Fitzsimons (Ardglass); A Mc Quillan (Ulster B); L Donnelly (Kilkenny); J Bolger (Jnr) (Courtown); R Nelson (Belvoir Park)77  J Mc Carthy (Killorglin); S McParland (Greystones); R Steedman (Courtown); M Morgan (Mourne); E O'Brien (MU Club A); R Devitt (Trinity College); I Witherspoon (Ballyclare); J McCarthy (UCD B); R Brazill (Naas)

77 J McCarthy (Killorglin); S McParland (Greystones); R Steedman (Courtown); M Morgan (Mourne); E O'Brien (MU Club A); R Devitt (Trinity College); I Witherspoon (Ballyclare); J McCarthy (UCD B); R Brazill (Naas)

78 D Curry (Coolattin); A Price (Charlesland); J Lawlor (Naas); L O'Connor (Edmondstown); E Campbell (Cairndhu)79  J Hickey (Cork); N McKinstry (Ulster A); P Tobin (UCC (a)); M Looby (Greystones); R Murphy (Powerscourt); G Mann (UCD C); R Browne (Castle)

79 J Hickey (Cork); N McKinstry (Ulster A); P Tobin (UCC (a)); M Looby (Greystones); R Murphy (Powerscourt); G Mann (UCD C); R Browne (Castle)

80 B Smyth (Howth); R O'Callaghan (Mannan Castle); C Harte  (UCD C); D Brady (MU Club C)81  E Ruane (Mullingar); P Kelly (Glasson); D Flynn (MU Club C); J Smyth (Howth); C Byrne (Woodbrook)

81 E Ruane (Mullingar); P Kelly (Glasson); D Flynn (MU Club C); J Smyth (Howth); C Byrne (Woodbrook)

82 D Lambe (Trinity College); C Kennedy (Roganstown ); C Friel (Galway Bay); M Looby (Greystones); L Foley (Cork); S Nelson (Banbridge)

83 R McCullough (Ulster B)

84 C Guiller (Cairndhu); R Hannon (Bray); T Collins (UCD A)

85 W Byrne (Baltinglass)

86 L Branagan (Hollystown)

NR S O'Connor (Castlebar)

Women’s Standings: (Par 72; CSS for Round 1: 73)

72 S Burke (MU Women A); M Dowling (MU Women B)

73 C Casey (MU Women A)

74  M Doyle (MU Club B)

77 E Metcalfe (MU Women B)

79 A Ni Thuama (UCC (b))

80 R Mc Donnell (UCD B)

81 G McCarthy (Clonmel); M Doyle (MU Women A)

83 C Walsh (MU Women B)