Cork’s John Hickey is safely positioned in the top 20th after the first round of the East of Ireland at Co Louth. Two bogies and one double threatened to distract Hickey but he birdied four of his final seven holes to sign for a one under par 71. James Sugrue is one shot behind Hickey, the Mallow teenager had a mixed round but an eagle on the last got him back to level par, and a tie for 28th place.
Cathal Bulter and Paul McCarthy signed for 75’s and Mark Shanahan is a shot behind on 76. All three are currently outside the projected cut (72) and will need a good round tomorrow. Gary Ward is two shots further back.