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Eggenberger and Ryan lead after first day of R&A Foundation Scholars Tournament

Defending champion Mathias Eggenberger leads the men’s competition after the first day of the annual R&A Foundation Scholars Tournament at the Eden Course in St Andrews. Chloe Ryan leads the women’s event on two-under-par going into the final day at the Old Course on Tuesday.

After 18 holes in the morning, Monday afternoon’s round was cut to nine holes due to inclement weather which made playing conditions difficult for the international field of 60 student golfers.

Eggenberger, who studies at the University of Stirling, finished the day on a four-under-par total of 101 for 27 holes.

The 2015 champion will be hoping to book his place in the European Palmer Cup team for the second time.

Sitting second on two-under-par is Eggenberger’s university teammate, Scot Craig Howie, who posted rounds of 70 and 33. Maynooth University’s Ronan Mullarney is third on one-under-par.

In the women’s competition, Dublin’s Ryan posted rounds of 72 and 36 to take a two-shot lead.

Stirling’s success continued with Eilidh Briggs sitting in second place at level par, after carding 75 and 35. Bronwyn Davies of Myerscough is third on three-over-par.

The R&A Foundation Scholars Tournament takes place each year in St Andrews and features student golfers who receive financial assistance from The R&A to enable them to continue to play competitive golf while completing their studies.

The winner of the men’s competition earns a place on the European team to face the United States at the Palmer Cup at Formby in June. A starting place in a Ladies’ European Tour event is up for grabs for the winning woman.

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