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Chris Selfridge shot a six-under 66 to lead after one round of the Irish Close Championship.

Chris Selfridge Shoots Six-Under 66 in First Round to Lead Irish Close Championship

Courtesy: Toledo Athletics
Release: 05/26/2012
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TOLEDO, OH - Toledo's Chris Selfridge leads the way after the opening round of the Golfsure-sponsored Irish Close Championship at Royal Portrush.

The 2011-12 Mid-American Conference Freshman of the Year carded a six-under par 66 and holds a two-shot lead.

"I've been playing great lately, and I changed putter a few days ago," Selfridge told reporters afterward. "I've been putting badly but apart from that my game's been great".

Selfridge said the secret to his success is a new putter, which he picked up just last weekend following a chat about it with fellow Ulsterman Dermot McElroy.

"I'm playing great, playing really well," Selfridge said. "I played Senior Cup last week and shot 72, but I've never putted so badly so I changed my putter this week."

Selfridge's opening round at the Close included an eagle at the par-five No. 10 hole where he hit his approach shot to three feet following a drive down the middle.  Birdies at the second, ninth, 13th, and the penultimate 17th hole gave him an unblemished round of 66.

Winning the Golfsure sponsored Irish Close can be viewed as a stepping stone to greater things when you consider that all four Irish golfing major winners have lifted the Irish Close title during their amateur careers.

Round two gets underway at Royal Portrush on Saturday morning at 7.30am.

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