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Ulster's Galbraith on course as he eyes a Tour card

By Carl Field

Whitehead star John-Ross Galbraith made a solid start in his bid to earn a European Tour card with an opening round of two-under-par 70 at the first stage qualifying school event over the Roxburghe course in Scotland.

The Irish international began well with a birdie on the second and had five in total, which also included three bogeys.

That gives him a good platform from which to build in the next three rounds as he bids for a place in stage two.

Galbraith has enjoyed a decent year and was part of the Ireland team that won the Men's Home Internationals for an unprecedented fourth straight year.

He heads into this morning's second round four strokes behind Denmark's Rasmus Hjelm, who set the pace with a 66.

Mark Whelan and Colm Moriarty signed for a one-over-par 73 while Joe Dillion has work to do after shooting a 75.

Meanwhile, at the corresponding event at Fleesensee in Germany, Mount Juliet's Stephen Grant also made a decent start with a one-under-par 71.

Local Jonas Koelbing set the pace with a seven-under-par 65.

Galbraith is among 893 entrants who have signed up for the first of a gruelling two-month three-stage qualification process, culminating in November.

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