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Paul Cutler has his work cut out in Finland

Portstewart star Paul Cutler spearheads the Ireland challenge after the first round of the European Amateur Championship in Finland.

Lytham Trophy winner Cutler matched the par of 72 over the Vanajanlinna course to put himself into a challenging position albeit some way adrift of the leaders.

Cutler goes into round two today five strokes behind joint leaders France's Johann Lopez-Lazaro and consistent Swedish player Jesper Kennegard .

Banbridge’s Rory Leonard recorded a 75 with four bogeys, a birdie and 13 pars while Cian Curley dropped five strokes in the last four holes.

Ireland are favourites to win the Boys Home International Championship at Southerness today despite surrendering a three-point lunchtime advantage against England and having to settle for a share of the honours.

Victory over Wales today will give them the R&A Trophy while any other result could mean that the calculators will be necessary to work out the points situation.

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