McGrane leads Ballantine's Championship

April 28, 2011 at 7:11 AM

ICHEON, South Korea, April 28 (UPI) -- Damien McGrane shot a 6-under-par 66 Thursday and has a 1-stroke lead one round into the European Tour's Ballantine's Championship in South Korea.

McGrane had eight birdies to counter a pair of bogeys at the Blackstone Golf Club in Icheon. Felipe Aguilar, Richard Finch and Park Sang-hyun are tied for second at 5-under 67. Park had six birdies and a bogey but Aguilar and Finch were both bogey free Thursday.

Richie Ramsay and Chinnarat Phadungsil are another stroke back at 4-under.

McGrane played the back nine first Thursday and was 3-under after seven holes before slipping with a bogey at 17. He came back with a birdie at 18 and made the turn at 3-under.

He got to 5-under with birdies at Nos. 2 and 3. He had a bogey at the 536-yard, par 5 fifth hole but again quickly answered with a birdie at 6. A birdie at No. 8 got him to 6-under.

"I made plenty of birdies and I putted nicely," McGrane said. "I holed everything inside 15 feet."

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