Irish Amateur Open: Kind takes Round 1 lead

DUBLIN, Ireland (May 6, 2011) -- Robin Kind of the Netherlands was the only man to break par on day 1 of the Irish Amateur Open Championship at The Royal Dublin.

Kind owed his success to his performance on the back nine – by far the harder in a testing easterly wind – as he covered the second half of his round in two-under 35, highlighted by an eagle two at the short par-four 16th.

Ian Brennan (Greenore) and Welshman Rhys Pugh share second place on level-par 72, with Greystones teenager Paul Dunne, the defending champion Alan Dunbar (Rathmore) and Carlow’s John Greene all on one over after 73s.

Galway’s Eddie McCormack, Banbridge’s Rory Leonard and Scot Gordon Stevenson are a further shot back after two-over 74s.

Results For Irish Amateur Open Golf Championship
1WalesRhys PughWales70072-70-74-78=294
2ScotlandGordon StevensonScotland50074-69-76-75=294
T3IrelandPaul DunneIreland40073-71-79-72=295
T3NetherlandsDaan HuizingNetherlands40077-70-74-74=295
5Northern IrelandNicky GrantNorthern Ireland40077-72-71-77=297

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ABOUT THE Irish Amateur Open

First played in 1892 and held every year with the exception of the War Years up to 1959, and revived in 1995, the Irish Amateur Open can boast a strong history of producing great Champions including Joe Carr (three times), Jimmy Bruen, Tom Craddock, Padraig Harrington, Michael Hoey, Noel Fox, Louis Oosthuizen and Pedro Figueiredo.

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