The first day of the Irish Open Championships saw a strong start from several Irish players, with some big scores from Alan McDonnell and Karl Doherty in the first squad followed up by even bigger scoring in squad two.
McDonnell posted the early high game of the tournament with a 289 in his fifth game, with his average upon finishing his eight games sitting at a very positive 223.
Doherty paced very consistently and was looking good after 6 games, but a stuttering finish saw him post a 217 average for his 8 games. Other players of note included England’s Iain McCorkindale, who finished with a decent total 1701 for a 212 average despite some poor games along the way.
In squad two, who only played four games tonight, the first two games belonged to Latvian Normunds Dacis, who played incredible stuff to score 289-287 to streak ahead of the field.
Former American Tour pro Brian Voss took a game to get used to the unfamiliar lanes before he blasted his way onto the scene with a 259 in game two. He would eventually finish with an average of 238 and currently sits second, behind Dacis who posted an impressive average of 249.
In terms of the Irish bowlers Alan Gibbons was the pick of the bunch with a 229 average, Hannah Cullen scored well in the ladies section with a 233 average, and other decent scores came from Jason Byrnes (219 average), Christopher Sloan(217 average) and Stephen O’Connor (213 average).
Tomorrow sees the action begin at 8 am and continue to the conclusion of round one at around 10.30 pm.