Clontarf’s Eamonn Brady and Old Conna’s Neil O'Briain defied blustery conditions to share first place in the PGA Southern Championship Pro-Am at Rathsallagh.
The duo finished one shot ahead of Damian Mooney on six-under par with the in-form Adam Dunmore claiming fourth on four under.
With a shot-gun start in operation, Brady got underway at the 17th and fired seven birdies in total with his one dropped shot coming at the par three 14th.
O'Briain made a blistering start to his round. He began his round at the par three fourth with a par and proceeded to play the next seven holes in seven under. He eagled the par four fifth, birdied the sixth, seventh and eighth, parred the ninth and then birdied the 10th and 11th.
That scoring blast was then followed by nine pars and bogey at the par three 17th as he joined Brady at the head of affairs.
O'Briain also grabbed the team prize with his amateur partners courtesy of 97pts.
The PGA Southern Championship begins on Wednesday.
PGA Southern Championship Pro-Am, Rathsallagh Golf Club (Par 72)
66 N O'Briain (Old Conna GC), E Brady (Clontarf GC)
67 D Mooney (Damian Mooney Golf)
68 A Dunmore (Bundoran GC)
69 P Jones (Coollattin GC), M Staunton (Delgany GC)
70 N Kearney (Royal Dublin GC)