Good day for Maguires as Lisa stays in hunt
LISA Maguire held her nerve in Finland to stay on course for a medal in the European Amateur Individual Championship.
The 18-year-old international from Slieve Russell fired a second-round 72 to add to her 69 on Wednesday for a half-way total of one-under-par 141 to lie just four strokes off the pace set by Tonje Daffinrud but, more crucially, only one behind a group of players who share second spot.
Maguire was steady, with 15 pars, bogeys at five and six and a birdie at 13.
Her twin sister Leona improved dramatically, knocking 13 strokes off her Wednesday round by returning a 69. She had three birdies in the last four holes.
Maria Dunne went the other way, slumping to an 82, which was four strokes worse than her opening-day efforts.
Irish champion Paula Grant had a double-bogey five on the seventh on her way to a 74 and a 36-hole total of 152, while Jessica Carty produced some excellent golf to shoot 73 after an opening 78, her round being slightly spoiled by a double-bogey six on the 17th.
Chloe Ryan's round was rescued by two birdies in the last three holes, which helped her to a 76 and a 151 aggregate.
Meanwhile, at the European Young Masters in Hamburger, Ireland improved late in the day to secure seventh place in the opening round, albeit a long way adrift of leaders England.
With three of the four cards counting, Ireland finished the day on seven-over-par, with England on four-under.
Ireland stroke play champion Olivia Mehaffey was level par, with Niamh McSherry three-over and Kevin Le Blanc four-over.