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Irish students in the lead at Scholars tournament

  • John Murphy and defending women’s champion Chloe Ryan lead Foundation Scholars Tournament after day 1.
  • Murphy sits on eight-under-par, with Ryan in joint second place on seven-under-par after 36 holes at the Eden Course on Monday.
  • Final round takes place at the Old Course in St Andrews on Tuesday. Follow scoring

John murphy leads the field after the first day of The R&A’s Foundation Scholars tournament at the Eden Course in St Andrews. Reigning champion Chloe Ryan heads up the women’s event going into the final day at  the Old Course on Tuesday.

 John Murphy
John Murphy represented Ireland at the Boys Home Internationals in 2016. Image Credit GolfFile.

Contested over 54 holes at the Eden and Old Courses, the two-day tournament offers the leading men’s player a place on the European Arnold Palmer Cup team to face the USA, with the leading women’s player receiving a starting place at a Ladies European Tour event.

The tournament features student golfers who receive financial assistance from The R&A to enable them to continue to play competitive golf while completing their studies.

Murphy, who studies at Maynooth University, finished the day on eight-under-par total of 132 for 36 holes. The Ireland international produced 12 birdies during his day’s work, with seven of those coming in the second round contributing to an impressive 64, to follow his opening 68.

After winning the Boys Home Internationals last year at Ballyliffin in 2016, Murphy will be hoping to continue his impressive start and book his place on the European Arnold Palmer Cup team who take on their American counterparts at the Atlanta Athletic Club in June.

Sitting joint second with Laird Shepherd on seven-under-par, and leading the women’s competition, is University College Dublin’s Chloe Ryan. The 2016 Foundation Scholars champion added a second round 68, which included an eagle at the par-5 second, to her first round 73 for an overall score of 139.

Chloe Ryan
Chloe Ryan won the women's event in 2016

As a result of her memorable victory last year, Ryan played in her first professional tournament on the Ladies European Tour, travelling to Germany to compete in the ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters in September.

The 23-year-old is on track to defend her title, and secure another start at an LET event in 2017 going into the final round at the Old Course on Tuesday.

Each year, The R&A invests more than £300,000 in student and university golf. Currently, The R&A supports golf programmes at 15 universities and awards over 120 individual Foundation scholarships to players from all over the world.

Previous scholars include four-time winner on the PGA Tour Hideki Matsuyama, European Ryder Cup player Francesco Molinari and former Women’s British Open champion and Solheim Cup player, Catriona Matthew.