Dawson now 13th in the world
Robin Dawson rose 22 places to 13 in the latest World Amateur Golf Ranking. Picture by  Pat Cashman

Robin Dawson rose 22 places to 13 in the latest World Amateur Golf Ranking. Picture by Pat Cashman

Castle’s Alex Gleeson, Hermitage’s Rowan Lester and Tramore’s Robin Dawson are in red figures after the opening round of the European Amateur Championship at Royal Hague.

Gleeson and Lester are tied for ninth, four strokes off the lead, after carding two-under 70s with new world amateur number 13 Dawson tied for 17th after a 71.

Naas’ Jonny Yates and Portmarnock’s Conor Purcell shot one-over 73s to share 47th as Masserreene’s Tiarnan McLarnon posts a four-over 76 and Kilkenny’s Mark Power a seven-over 79.

Switzerland’s Perry Cohen followed an opening bogey with six birdies in a five-under 67 to lead by a shot from Denmark's Rasmus Hojgaard and Adrien Pendaries of France.

European Amateur Championship, Royal Hague Golf & Country Club (Par 72)

Detailed scores

T9 GLEESON, Alex (Castle) -2 70
T9 LESTER, Rowan (Hermitage) -2 70
T17 DAWSON, Robin (Tramore/Mt Juliet) -1 71
T47 YATES, Jonathan (Naas Golf Club) +1 73
T47 PURCELL, Conor (Portmarnock) +2 74
T95 MCLARNON, Tiarnan (Masssereene) +4 76
T129 POWER, Mark (Kilkenny) +7 79