Postive starts for Ireland in European Amateur Team Championships
 Olivia Mehaffey shot a seven-under 65 to lead after the first team of strokeplay qualifying in the European Ladies' Team Championship in Austria

Olivia Mehaffey shot a seven-under 65 to lead after the first team of strokeplay qualifying in the European Ladies' Team Championship in Austria

Ireland's quartet of international teams got off to generally positive starts in the European Team Championships across the continent on Tuesday.

In the men's championship at the Faldo Course in Berlin, Ireland lies one spot outside the top eight who will qualify in the first flight today, one stroke behind Spain.

Tramore's Robin Dawson shot a five-under 67 to share third, five behind Gian Marco Petrozzi of England (62) with Kinsale's John Murphy tied seventh after a 68.

Dundalk's Caolan Rafferty shot a 72, Naas' Jonathan Yates a 75 and Hermitage's Rowan Lester a 77 as Alex Gleeson's 81 was discarded.

England leads by two strokes on 11-under from Sweden with Denmark and France tied third, Finland fifth, the Netherlands sixth, Scotland seventh and Spain eighth with Ireland next.

At the Boys' Team Championship at Golf Resort Kaskáda in the Czech Republic, Ireland lies seventh on eight over, 14 shots behind Spain, who lead by three strokes from Sweden on six-under.

Kilkenny's Mark Power is the leading Irish player, tied for sixth after a 70 with Holywood's Tom McKibbin (73) tied 30th, Lisburn's Aaron Marshall (74) tied 39th, Rosslare's John Brady (75) tied 47th, Athenry's David Kitt (76) tied 60th and Slieve Russell's Odhran Maguire (80) 89th

In the European Ladies' at Golf Club Murhof in Austria where Olivia Mehaffey shot a seven-under 65 to lead by a stroke from six players and help Ireland to seventh place after day one.

France leads by three strokes on 16 under from England with Sweden a shot further back in third.

Ireland is tied with Denmark on six-under under.

Lurgan's Annabel Wilson (70) is tied 20th individually, Castlewarden's Lauren Walsh (71) tied 33rd and Lisburn's Paula Grant (72), who had a hole in one at the 13th, tied  48th.

The Island's Julie McCarthy (76) is 89th and Kanturk's Mairead Martin (79) 101st.

Ireland is eighth after the opening day of the European Girls' Team Championship at Forsgårdens Golfklubb in Sweden.

Italy leads by two strokes from Spain on seven-over with Ireland just a shot behind seventh-ranked Denmark on 19-over.

Kirkistown Castle's Beth Coulter is the leading Irish girl, tied for third individually after a one-under 71 with Nicole Joyce Moreno (75) and Sara Byrne (75) 35th, Aine Donegan (77) 55th, Kate Lanigan (81) 83rd and Valerie Clancy (82) 89th