Two birdies and an eagle on the back nine yesterday saw Cathal Butler (Kinsale) jump back up the leaderbaord at the Flogas Irish Amateur Open in Royal Dublin. Butler had a poor opening nine as four bogies and a birdie saw him on +3 at the turn. He birdied the 10th and 16th and eagled the par five 14th hole on a back nine charge that saw him go into the red and finish the opening day in a tie for 12th place.
James Sugrue (Mallow) was another golfer to benefit on the back nine. Sugrue was +2 at the turn but added five birdies in the second half of his round. Unfortunately for the Mallow golfer he added a double bogey 5 on the par three 13th hole and he bogied the 18th. He still finished on level par just outside the top 20.
Ian O’Rourke who now plays out of Royal Dublin signed for a 74 (+2), the same as Castlemartyr’s Mark Shanahan. John Hickey (Cork) is one back on 75. Munster golfer Eanna Griffin is just one off the lead on -4 while fellow Munster interpro Geoff Lenehan is on +2 and Robin Dawson in on +3. All 120 golfers will play again today and tomorrow with the top 50 qualifying for Sunday’s final round.