Former English Amateur Golf international and lefty Steve Uzzell leads by one shot after the first round of the Kingspan Concra Wood Open after carding a six-under-par, 66, in the HotelPlanner.com PGA EuroPro Tour event in Castleblayney, Ireland.
The Hornsea Golf Club representative leads from Liam Murray, with three players sharing third place on four-under-par with 36 holes to play in this professional golf development tour event, which carries a £40,000 prize fund and winner’s cheque of £10,000.
31 year-old Uzzell, began on the tenth hole and was five under for his first nine, thanks in part to an eagle at the 15th hole. The left-hander made two bogeys on his back nine – at holes two and six, but birdies at holes one, four and eight led to an opening-round of -6, 66.
Murray representing La Marquesa Golf signed for a bogey-free -5, 67, including an eagle three on his first hole having started his round on the tenth tee.
Tied for third spot two shots behind the leader on four under par are Englishmen Rory Walsh (Ashton-on-Mersey Golf Club), Richard Kilpatrick (Banbridge Golf Club) and Ryan Brown (Worksop Golf Club).
The leading Irishman is former Walker Cup player, Colm Moriarty, who is based at Glasson Hotel and Golf Club in County Westmeath. Moriarty, sits 11th on the golf leaderboard on two under par, four strokes behind the leader.
The Kingspan Concra Wood Open is a 54 hole strokeplay event with a cut to the leading 50 players and ties after the second round. Spectator entry is free throughout the week and Friday’s final round will be filmed for a two-hour highlights package to air on Sky Sports on Tuesday, August 5.