LIMERICK golf professional Cian McNamara carded a superb opening round of 68 to propel himself towards the very top of the leaderboard on the opening day of the Irish Open at Carton House.
McNamara, who turns 27 tomorrow, Friday, made five birides and just one bogey in a hugely impressive opening round. McNamara, from Ballyclough, was tied second in the clubhose after Thursday’s morning starter’s had completed their rounds, just one shot behind early leader Shane Lowry.
McNamara’s stunning performance is put into context by the display of two-time major winner, Rory McIlroy who shot 74 over the Co Kildare layout.
Former McNamara, who recently became the new club professional at Monkstown Golf Club, Co Cork, will be aiming to build on his excellent opening round effort by making the half-way ‘cut’ at the prestigious Irish Open tomorrow, Friday.
McNamara, the youngest ever South of Ireland winner, at just 18 in 2004, tees off from the 10th tee at 12.50pm for tomorrow (Friday’s) second round in the company of Argentine professional Emilio Grillo and Norway’s Espen Kofstad.
Former Junior British Open winner McNamara recently led the Irish qualifiers for the PGA Glenmuir Club Championship and advanced to this week’s prestigious Irish Open in Co Kildare.