Joel Girbach breaks course record to lead Irish Challenge

Joel Girbach leads after day one of the Irish Challenge 2022 at The K Club. Credit: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images.

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Geol Girbach leads the first round of the Irish Challenge at The K Club in Co Kildare.

The Swiss player shot a course record 64 in the first round to hold a one-shot lead over the trio.

“It’s amazing, I’m really pleased with that round and it’s great to get off to a start like that,” said the 2017 Swiss Challenge winner. “It was a great morning out there, beautiful weather, great conditions and I had a great game this morning.”

Among the three is Ireland’s Conor Purcell who scored 65 on Thursday. He is joined in the -7 by Frenchmen Gary Stoll and Stefano Mazzoli

John Murphy is the best of the home players after scoring 66 runs. Scotland’s Craig Ross, England’s Todd Clements, Dion Germishuas and France’s Gion Owen Coe are all on that score.

Tom McKibbin is the next best Irish player at five under-par. Paul McBride, Robert Moran (AM) and Gary Hurley all shot 68s today and are currently in the top-25.

South African Tristen Strydom recorded his third hole-in-one, and first in Europe, when he aced the par three 17th hole en route to a three-under-par round of 69.

Select Round One Scores (Irish Players Highlights)

64 J Girbach (SUI),
65 C PurcellS MAZZOLI (ITA), G STAL (FRA),
66 de Germishuas (RSA), Jay MurphyJ KO (FRA), C ROSS (SCO), T CLEMENTS (ENG),
67 N Kimsey (ENG), M Orrin (ENG), A Sadier (FRA), T MCKIBBINH Ellis (NG),
68 P MCBRIDER Moran (AM) (IRL), L van Meizel (NED), P Mezzo (GER), V Garcia Brotto (ESP), S Del Val (ESP), G Hurley (IRL), R Kaminski (RSA), O Farrell (ENG), Jay Long (ENG),
69 JD Bruin (GER), T Strydom (RSA), J Rutherford (ENG), R Evans (ENG), J Saeng (ESP), D Ravetto (FRA), M Murugan (ESP), R Pietersen (SWE), C MIVIS (BEL), M MANASSERO (stone), M ITEN (SUI), J GUMBERG (USA).

Other Irish scores

72 J Sugrue, R MCG, G Moynihan,
73 R Mularney, D Masselroy,
74 R Clarke, M McClean,
75 M Power (AM), C ork,
L Grehan, 76,
77 R Dawson, C Williams,
78 L Donnelly,

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