Cullen leads Dundalk Scratch Cup after Round One

Seamus Cullen of Slieve Russell leads the Dundalk Scratch Cup sponsored by One Finance after shooting a four-under par 68 in the first round of the prestigious 36 hole event at Dundalk Golf Club.

He leads by one shot from Dundalk teenager Eoin Murphy with defending champion Caolan Rafferty and fellow Irish international Tiarnan McLarnon another shot back.

The other three players to break the par of 72 were Geoff Lenehan, Colin Campbell and Gareth McAuley who all shot 71.

After bogeying the second, Cullen got under par with back to back birdies at the par three fifth and par five sixth and went to two under with a birdie on the par four 11th, Further birdies followed at the short par four 14th and the par four 18th as he signed for a 68.

Seventeen-year-old Murphy, who is a current Irish Boys International, opened with a birdie three at the first but handed it back at the second. He birdied the fifth to turn in one under and went to two under with a birdie four at the par five 10th. He also birdied the par five 12th and although he bogeyed the par three 13th he finished with a birdie three at the 18th for his round of 69.

Dundalk Scratch Cup sponsored by One Finance – First Round Scores

68 – Seamus Cullen (Slieve Russell)

69 – Eoin Murphy (Dundalk)

70 – Caolan Rafferty (Dundalk), Tiernan McLarnon (Masserene)

71 – Geoff Lenehan (Portmarnock), Colin Campbell (Warrenpoint), Gklenn McAuley (Dunmurry)

72 – Josh Robinson (Lisburn), Darragh Coghlan (Portmarnock), Ryan McKinstry (Cairndhu), Jonathan Kelly (Athy), Stephen Coulter (Warrenpoint)

73 – Ted Collins (Dun Laoghaire), Aaron Grant (Dundalk), Shane McGlynn (Portmarnock), James Temple (Portmarnock), Alex Maguire (Laytown & Bettystown), Evan Farrell (Ardee)

74 – Sean Laverty (Dundalk), Ryan Symington (Lisburn), Shane Hession (Dundalk), Philip Kelly (Armagh), Colin Pilkington (Cloverhill)

75 – Conor Curran (Dundalk), Colin Kenny (Portmarnock), Robert Costello (Headford), Jack Shellard (Lisburn), David Kitt (Athenry), Brendan Lawlor (Ardee), James Lawlor (Naas)

76 – Nick Armstrong (Castle), Liam Grehan (Mullingar), Dan Coyle (Portmarnock), William Eickholt (Portmarnock)

77- Thomas Pepper (Mannan Castle), Cian Dullaghan (Greenore), Maurice Murphy (Dundalk), Peter Rogers (Dundalk), Ross Kelly  (Tuam), Andrew Montgomery (Old Conna), Jamal Sabir (Moate), Dara Smith (Castle), Robert Brown (Castle)

78 – Chris Cullen (Beaverstown), Gerard Brennan (Dundalk), Kyle Patton (Lisburn), Christopher Moulds (Lisburn), David Pilkington (Cloverhill)

79 – Andrew Keenan (Dundalk), Gerard Dunne (Co Louth), Lee Campbell (Armagh)

80 – Clem Walshe (Dundalk), Luka Keyes (Dun Laoghaire), Fionntan Lawlor

81 – Senan Kavanagh  (Borris)

82 – Shane Corr (Mannan Castle), Alex Hanneffy (Mannan Castle), Christopher Morgan (Dunmurry)

83 – Emmet O’Neill (Trim), Evan Shipp (Headford), Kyle Rafferty (Dundalk)

91 – Neal McKell (Dundalk)

DQ – Edward Rogers (Dundalk), Aaron Marshall (Lisburn)

RTD – Josh Mackin (Dundalk)

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