David Ryan (Cahir Park) is the leading Cork professional after round one of the Connemara Pro-Am today. Ryan was one of three Cork golfers to shoot under par, he recorded -2 for his round to lie in second place behind Neil O’Briain (Old Conna) on -5. Monkstown duo Cian McNamara and Graeme Dunlea were one shot behind on -1 and in a tie for 5th place. Fernhill’s Wayne O’Callaghan shot a level par round for a share of 12th place and he too is in with a shot going into tomorrow’s final round.
Ryan had an uneventful front nine, in fact he carded 10 consecutive pars before he birdied the 11th. He added birdies on the 14th and the 17th but he bogied the par five 18th hole and finished with a two under par 70. Wayne O’Callaghan was playing with his son, Wayne Whitley O’Callaghan in the team competition. Wayne Jnr is just 10 years old but he was on the scorecard 16 times as the team signed for 89 points. It’s Wayne Jnr’s third year attending the prestigious tournament on the Irish Region schedule, and he’ll be rooting for his Dad in tomorrow’s final round. 2014 winner Cian McNamara be hoping to retain his title and claim his third win of the season. As well as a win win in the Cork Pro-Am in August, he claimed joint top spot in Oughterard yesterday.