Slow start for Portmarnock in European Club Trophy
Geoff Lenehan (Portmarnock). Picture by  Pat Cashman

Geoff Lenehan (Portmarnock). Picture by Pat Cashman

Irish champions Portmarnock have it all to do after a slow opening day in the European Club Trophy in France.

Geoff Lenehan shot a four-over 75, Darragh Coghlan a 76 and Stephen Walsh a discarded 79 at Golf du Médoc Resort near Bordeaux as the AIG Irish Senior Cup holders posted a nine-over 151 to find themselves 16 strokes behind England’s Castle Royle Golf & Country Club.

David Langley shot a six-under 65 and Timothy Shin a 70 for Castle Royle to leave them one stroke clear of defending champions, Racing Club Paris, on seven-under 135 with Portugal’s Club de Golf de Miramar three shots off the pace on four-under 138.

Langley's 65 gave a three-shot lead in the individual standings over Frederic Lacroix and Raphael Le Bot from the defending champions, Germany's Hurly Long (GC Mannheim-Viernheim) and Miramar's Pedro Cruz Silva.

Denmark's Eisenhower Trophy winner Rasmus Hojgaard and Spain's Eduard Rousaud were in a four-man group tied for sixth, four shots behind Langley after 69s.