Jack Hume makes impressive start in bid for European Tour card

Naas player holds share of second place in the first qualifying stage in Austria

Walker Cup hero Jack Hume got off to a flying start yesterday in his bid for a coveted European Tour card.

Playing in the first qualifying stage over the Ebreichsdorf course in Austria the young Naas star fired a highly impressive four under par 68 to grab a share of second place after the opening round.

His round was almost flawless as he collected six birdies and just two bogeys.three of his birdies coming in succession from the third.

He finished with six straight pars playing some really clinical golf.

Paul Dunne also in action in Austria carded a 70 which included four birdies and two bogeys.

The Greystones man who jointly led the Open going into the final round disappointingly closed with a bogey five.

Leading the way in Austria on 66 was Os Lengden of Sweden.

Meanwhile at Collingtree Park in Northampton Irishman Clontarf's Eamonn Brady made a solid start to his bid for a card returning a level par 72 to be two strokes adrift of leader Paul Reid.

Richard Weldon from Killeen Castle retuned a 74 to remain in the hunt but PaulMcGibney has some work to do after an opening 77.