Conor Stone fired six birdies in a rollercoaster round today to take charge at the English Open for Golfers with a Disability.
The Irishman leads the chasing pack by six shots going into tomorrow’s final round at Carden Park Golf Club after posting an opening one-under par score of 72.
Crosland Heath’s Sam MacDonald (+5) is Stone’s nearest challenger with West Hove’s Jay Stally, Oliver Hirst-Greenham from Morecambe and Sligo’s Alan Gaynor a further shot back.
Stone, from Carton House, County Kildare, is clearly in fine form coming into this event off the back of helping Ireland win the European Team Championship for Golfers with a Disability in Belgium.
The 27-year-old has also tasted success on the EDGA circuit winning earlier this year in France.
Included in Stone’s round at the excellent Cheshire venue were a pair of twos alongside four other birdies.
Three bogeys and a costly double on the 16th cost him shots, but it was still an opening round of which to be proud.
Stone is aiming to follow England’s Kipp Popert into the winner’s circle at this event and takes a handsome lead into the second and final round.
Stone developed scoliosis in his teenage years and underwent operations to correct curvature of the spine and to insert metal rods in his backbone.
This has left the Dubliner with rotational issues, but has not impacted on his ability to play good golf in a competitive environment.
In the women’s nett competition, Coventry’s Martine Gilks leads the way and in the men’s nett event, Crosland takes a lead into day two.