Gary Ward (Kinsale) and Paul McCarthy (Mallow) are both in the hunt after a rain delayed first round at the Irish Youths at Moyola Park.
Ward finished on +1, five shots off the lead. He opened well with birdies on the 4th & 5th but disaster struck on the 7th. He lost a ball which presumably plugged in the soft rough, and ended up with a triple bogey. He can back from that in level par however to give himself every chance in the second round. McCarthy also finished on +1 but he had a more straightforward front nine parring every hole. He also parred the 10th before dropping shots at the 11th & 13th. He birdied the final hole to sign for a one over par 72, and a share of 14th place. John Murphy (Kinsale) is in the top 30 after a two over par 73.
Paul Tobin (Cork) and Timmy Broderick (Kinsale) carded 75’s and have a great chance of making the cut for the final round tomorrow. Mark Healy (Kinsale) is one shot adrift on 76. Cillian Moloney (Fota Island) and Cian Kidney (Lee Valley) are both just outside the top 100 and making the cut will require a much better round tomorrow.