Downes leads Leinster Boys as aces are high at Waterford
Sean Downes (Royal Dublin) driving at the 12th tee during the first round of the 2018 Irish Boys Amateur Open Championship at Belvoir Park Golf Club today (26/06/2018). Picture by  Pat Cashman

Sean Downes (Royal Dublin) driving at the 12th tee during the first round of the 2018 Irish Boys Amateur Open Championship at Belvoir Park Golf Club today (26/06/2018). Picture by Pat Cashman

Royal Dublin’s Sean Downes opened with a to 68 to lead the Leinster Boys Amateur Open at Waterford.

He made an eagle and five birdies in his, three-under round to lead by one stroke from Roscommon’s Simon Walker and Dundalk’s Josh Mackin, who had a hole in one at the 17-yard seventh.

Seapoint’s Dylan Keating, who won Regional Qualifying for The Open at Baltray recently, shot 70 to share fourth place with Woodbrook’s Aidan Quigley, Dun Laoghaire’s Luka Keyes and Killeen’s Shane Irwin.

There was also a hole in one for Alex Byrne on the 120-yard 17th as he opened with a 72.

Leinster Boys Amateur Open Championship, Waterford GC (Par 71)

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Detailed scores

68 S Downes (Royal Dublin);

69 S Walker (Roscommon), J Mackin (Dundalk);

70 A Quigley (Woodbrook), L Keyes (Dun Laoghaire), D Keating (Seapoint), S Irwin (Killeen);

71 F Hickey (Muskerry), J Shellard (Lisburn), L Abom (Edmondstown);

72 R Fives (Faithlegg), A Byrne (Waterford);

73 C O'Sullivan (Killiney), R Carvill (Warrenpoint), D O Sullivan (Mallow), D Marshall (Naas), E Shipp (Headfort), J Rooney (Co. Armagh), B St.John (Portmarnock), A Collins (Laytown & Bettystown), K Morrison (Holywood), S Doyle (Black Bush), D Connolly (Castle Dargan);

74 D Mahon (Waterford Castle), K McCarthy (Lee Valley), O Reilly (Newlands), J Foley (Elm Park), M Deasy (Lee Valley), S Casey (Hermitage), R Walsh Jnr (Kinsale);

75 T Jago Byrne (Palmerstown House Estate), S Calvert (Ballyneety), J Butler (Naas), S Clince (Craddockstown);

76 L Walsh (Tralee), M O Sullivan (Ballyneety), L Kane (Mullingar), P McGrath (Cregmore Park), C Feeney (Enniscrone), O Maguire (Slieve Russell), A King (Faithlegg), D Muldowney (Carton House);

77 F Marshall (Royal Belfast), S Nohilly (Galway), A Blair (Scrabo), K Rafferty (Dundalk), S Murphy (Portumna), N McDermott (Co. Sligo), J Keane (Carrick-on-suir), L McKeen (Co. Louth);

78 A Bolger (Castle), M Gibson (Knock), J Quinn (Castle), P Naughton (Limerick), C Connell (Newlands), A Smith (Mullingar), A Maguire (Laytown & Bettystown), M Troy (Dungarvan), J Boles (Charleville), J Egan (Muskerry);

79 P O'Shea (Kilkenny), N O'Callaghan (Greenore), K Collins (Douglas), M Shivnan (Athenry), C Walsh (Clandeboye), P Byrne (Ballybunion);

80 R Feerick (Mallow), C Connell (Co. Armagh), S McDermott (Highfield), A Doyle (Woodbrook), S Miller (Clandeboye), C MacCanna (Carton House), R Higgins (Douglas);

81 M Leahy (Tralee), M O'Brien (Elm Park), R O'Sullivan (Royal Tara), M Whelan (Ennis), C Rabbette (Esker Hills), C Cunningham (Galway Bay), M Hill (Douglas), S Murtagh (Mullingar);

82 S Whelan (Royal Tara), T Browne (Naas), B Scully (Portarlington), L Mitchell (Knock);

83 L Flaherty (Roganstown), T Flanagan (Co. Sligo), N Griffin (Rosslare), S Lacey (Newlands), G Herlihy (Castle), D Behan (Naas);

84 D O'Malley (Black Bush);

85 S Williams (Douglas);

86 M Mina Ronayne (Mullingar), E Freeman (Naas), J Nolan (Birr), K Graham (Woodenbridge);

87 E McGrath (Athlone);

88 T Canavan (Galway Bay);

91 B Morrissey Jnr (Dungarvan), L Millar (Portstewart);

NR 0 B Crawford (Greenacres), D Blennerhassett (Dooks).