Conor Purcell leads the 2019 Radisson Blu Sligo West of Ireland Amateur Championship after Thursday’s opening round.
The Portmarnock golfer leads on five-under-par after an opening round of 66.
He is pursued by Max Kennedy (Royal Dublin) by two strokes after a -4 (67).
A group of players are one stroke further back on -3 including defending Champion Robert Brazill (Naas) who closed with three consecutive birdies for a round of -3 (68).
The local challenge is led by 2016 North of Ireland champion Seán Flanagan who is -1 after an impressive 70. Gary McDermott (Carton House) and TJ Ford (Co Sligo) are both at level par.
Friday’s tee-off times for the local players:
- 08:21: Ruairí O’Connor 72 (+1)
- 08:43: Gary McDermott 71 (Level)
- 10:00 TJ Ford 71 (Level), Seán Flanagan -1 (70), Eoin Gaughan +9 (80)
- 11:28: Declan Reidy 81 (+10)
- 12:12: Shane Underwood 73 (+2).