O'Donovan leading at Portumna

Lucan's Richard O'Donovan recorded a fine opening round of 70 to lead after day one of the Irish Boys Amateur Close Championship at Portumna Golf Club.

Lucan's Richard O'Donovan recorded a fine opening round of 70 to lead after day one of the Irish Boys Amateur Close Championship at Portumna Golf Club.

O'Donovan, who was a member of the Irish Boys team that recently captured the Boys Home Internationals title at Royal County Down, started with a birdie on the 10th (his first hole) and followed a drop shot on the par four 11th with back-to-back birdies on the 12th and 13th.

Twelve straight pars preceded a birdie-bogey finish to leave O’Donovan two clear of a group of seven players on level par.

The field of 120 players will complete the second round on Thursday with the top 51 players qualifying to play the final 36 holes on Friday.

After 18 Holes:

70: R O'Donovan (Lucan)

72: B Lupo (Sutton), M McKnight (Lisburn), D Hallissey (Muskerry), I O'Rourke (Cork), S Morrison (City of Derry), C Boggan (Co Meath), J Hopkins (Skerries)

73: S O'Hara (Co Sligo), A Kiernan (Forrest Little), S Byran (Delgany)

74: S Carter (Stackstown), G Boyd (Donaghadee), I Brennan (Greenore), L O'Brien (New Ross)

75: R Jacob (Enniscrone), D Congdon (Clontarf), E Lisibach (Castlebar), R Kennelly (Carton House), P Brodigan (Seapoint), I Keane (Malahide), K Egan (Curragh), M Connolly (Massereene), E Dolan (Woodbrook)

76: P Butler (Newlands), S Broe (Donabate), C Glynn (Lucan), A Byrne (Hollystown), P Dunne (Greystones), D Higgins (Co Meath), D Loftus (Swinford), C Drumm (Rosslare), C Dowling (Mallow), G McGee (Malone), M Durcan (Co Sligo), R Kenny (Woodlands), G Barry (Muskerry), D Byrne (Athenry)

77: G Dunne (Greystones), D Murphy (Portarlington), C O'Sullivan (Fota Island), S Moloney (East Clare), A Stewart (Bangor), P Cullen (Royal Tara), N Murray (Dunmurry), A Kelly (Charleville), L Harnett (Milltown), K Dunne (New Ross), S Moore (Shandon Park), D O'Hara (Belvoir Park), J Hickey (Cork), C Conlon (Cill Dara)

78: N Woods (Dromoland), S Sweeney (Greystones), V Hayes (East Clare), G Collins (Rosslare), J Gourley (Knock), H McHugh (Skerries), D McCormick (Letterkenny), S Cleary (Portumna), E Smith (Ardee), E Campbell (Donegal), S O'Connor (Hermitage), S Brady (Co Sligo)

79: R McGuinness (East Clare), C Shiels (Malahide), P O'Neill (Shannon), D O'Sullivan (Strandhill), D McElroy (Ballymena), R Sykes (Dun Laoghaire), J Webster (Castle), J Corry (Ballybofey & Stranorlar), J Pierse (Grange), J Taylor (Shandon Park), P Moore (Ballymena), R O'Sullivan (Fota Island), T O'Rourke (Nenagh), B Casey (Headfort)

80: D Walsh (Wexford), J Harrington (Kinsale), S Devey (Skerries), A Darragh (Belvoir Park), C Geraghty (Navan), H Walsh (Oughterard), A Kilmartin (Loughrea), R Whitson (Mourne)

81: A Welsh (Knock), E Maguire (Seapoint), A Ffrench (Carlow), S Johnstone (Linden Hall), M Moloney (Harbour Point)

82: O Kelleher (Mahon), J Connolly (Cliftonville)

83: N Sullivan (Malahide), G Moynihan (Donabate), S Boles (Bangor), S Cannon (Athenry), R O'Grady (Tullamore), S McGirr (South County), A Doran (Ardee), S Barry (L'town & B'town)

84: S Gaffney (Sutton), O Culleton (Bundoran), L Hutchinson (St. Annes), B Anderson (Co Sligo)

85: M Kerrigan (Old Conna), P Doherty (North West), J Dillon (Headfort), C Fitzgerald (Athlone)

86: S Prenderville (Hermitage), J O'Brien (Ballinasloe)

87: M Crooks (Bushfoot)

89: S Brummell (Birr), R Sweeney (Connemara), N McGlynn (Castle), S Davin (Hermitage)

DQ: J Foran (Tullamore)

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