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On course: Brendan Lawlor makes history by becoming the first disabled golfer to play on the European Tour

On course: Brendan Lawlor makes history by becoming the first disabled golfer to play on the European Tour

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On course: Brendan Lawlor makes history by becoming the first disabled golfer to play on the European Tour

Brendan Lawlor insisted his score didn't matter after his historic European Tour debut at the ISPS Handa UK Championship at The Belfry.

Co Louth golfer Lawlor, the first disabled person to participate in a European Tour event, managed to get his round finished either side of a four-hour delay due to persistent heavy rainfall, carding a 12-over-par 84.

Despite the high score, the Carton House ace didn't let it affect his outlook.

"I really enjoyed myself today. The back nine was a bit tough. I got off to a flier, I was one under after three, but today wasn't about the score," insisted Lawlor, who has a rare condition called Ellis-van Creveld syndrome which is characterised by a shorter stature and limbs.

"The coverage I've got over the last few days, people have been texting me or messaging me on Instagram about how they can get involved with the EDGA (formerly the European Disabled Golf Association), and that's the reason why I'm here this week. It's truly incredible."

South Africa's Justin Walters holds a three-shot overnight lead after a flawless eight-under-par 64 that featured six birdies and an eagle as only half the field completed their first round in Warwickshire due to the rain.

Joel Sjoholm, Scott Vincent, Benjamin Hebert and Bernd Wiesberger are all tied for second at five under par.

Jonathan Caldwell (Clandeboye), the only Northern Ireland ace in the field, got only five holes of his first round completed and sits at one under par.

At the Amateur Championship at Royal Birkdale, Tom McKibbin (Holywood) progressed to the last-32 but Matthew McClean (Malone) was eliminated on day one of the match play.

It took two extra holes, but McKibbin saw off Germany's Laurenz Schiergen to set up a clash with Barclay Brown (England) today, with the winner progressing to the last-16, which will also take place this afternoon.

McClean, meanwhile, came through his preliminary tie as one of the last eight qualifiers from Wednesday's stroke play, defeating James Cooper (England) 3&1, but lost on the first extra hole of his last-64 clash with Mason Essam (England).

There was also success for an Ulster golfer at the Women's Amateur at West Lancashire as Lisburn's Paula Grant progressed to the last-16.

Grant dispatched Martha Lewis (England) 3&2 in the last-64 before accounting for Kiri Riihijarvi (Finland) 2&1 in the last-32, and will face Caitlin Whitehead (England) in the last-16, with the quarter-finals also today.

Clandeboye's Jessica Ross had also made it into the last-32 with victory over Jasmine Mackintosh (Scotland) on the first extra hole, but ran into red-hot defending champion Emily Toy (England) in the following round and a 5&4 loss saw her make an early exit.

Beth Coulter's (Kirkstown Castle) challenge ended at the last-64 stage as she was defeated on the second extra hole by Alberte Hallberg Thuesen (Denmark).

At the Leinster Under-16 Boys Open, Corey Scullion (Moyola Park) continued his fine summer by finishing in a tie for second, one shot behind winner Alex King (Faithlegg).

Belfast Telegraph