Redmond leads the field after first round of Captain’s Prize

Kevin Redmond will lead the field into the Second Round of Maurice Soraghan’s Captain Prize after he shot a seven under par 65 in qualifying over the weekend.

The 20 handicapper has a one shot lead over Paul Matthews (25) and the final group next Sunday will be completed by Bobby McCarthy (17) who shot a 67, as did Jim Dwyer (9).

The 170 players, out of a field of 302, who shot 80 or better qualified for this Sunday’s second round. The top 33 available players are seeded and must play in their allocated time with the leaders going out last.

Redmond will be hoping to get out of the blocks as fast he did in the first round when he parred the first two holes and then finished the front nine with a par at the eighth and a birdie two at the ninth. A par at the 11th was followed by a birdie four at the 12th and a par at 13th but dropped shots at the 14th and 18th meant he had to settle for a 65.

Paul Matthews had a steady round with the highlights being a par four at the index one fourth and a birdie four at the par five 12th.

Unseeded players who have qualified for Sunday can now book their places via the BRS system while non-qualifiers will be able to play on Saturday.

Maurice Soraghan’s Captain’s Prize – First Round Leaderboard: 65 – Kevin Redmond ( 20). 66 – Paul Matthews (25). 67 – Bobby McCarthy (17), Jim Dwyer (9). 68 – Carl Stewart (10). 69 – Ken Lynch (11), Richard Barry (13), Gerry J Byrne (19), Damian English (11). 70 – Gavin McDonnell (20), Barry Cunningham (10), E J Hanratty (10), Michael Stewart (13), Pat McKeown (17), Vincent Conlon (8), Tom Wall (13), Connor McCaughey (6), Shane Hession (6), Martin McEntaggart (10).