Irish Senior Amateur: Morrow leads after Round 1
-- Golfing Union of Ireland
-- Golfing Union of Ireland

Palmerstown, Oranmore, County Galway, Ireland (May 30, 2012) -- Portmarnock's Adrian Morrow made the perfect start as he endeavours to better his runner-up finish at last year's Irish Seniors Amateur Open Championship, carding a level-par 70 to take the early clubhouse lead on Day 1 of the 2012 edition of the championship in Athenry.

Morrow leads by one from the highly fancied Scot Ian Brotherston, who played steadily in an opening 71, one stroke clear of Bandon's John Carroll with Bangor's Garth McGimpsey a further stroke back.

Defending champion Hugh Smyth (Mourne) carded a 74 while last year's Order of Merit winner Maurice Kelly shot an opening 75.

ABOUT THE Irish Seniors Amateur Open

First played for in 1970 when the legendary Cecil Ewing (Co Sligo) won the title at Lahinch, this event has grown in strength and popularity since then. The Championship has proven to be a breeding ground for the Irish Seniors Home International Team and the European Seniors Team, as the recent list of winners proves.

This Championship attracts a quality entry from overseas, and no fewer than seven winners have come from outside of Ireland. Competitive entry process, but a handicap of 2.5-3.0 should get you in this 54 hole stroke play event.

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