Friday 26 May 2017

Ireland close in on Seniors title

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Ireland are on the brink of an unprecedented fourth Senior Men's Home International title in succession after demolishing Wales at Woodhall Spa yesterday, writes Chris smart.

They won all three foursomes and took four of the six singles for a 7-2 victory and only England stand in their way of more silverware.

Former Walker Cup captain Garth McGimpsey found his form yesterday to line up with ex-British seniors champion Arthur Pierse for a foursomes triumph and then beat Robert Broad 4&3 in the singles.

Teenage superstar Lisa Maguire swept up the leaderboard yesterday in the Duke of York Young Champions tournament at Royal Liverpool, Hoylake to grab pole position going into today's final round.

The 16-year-old added a stunning level par 72 to her opening 80 to establish a one-stroke advantage.

Lisa's sister Leona improved from 85 to 80.

Jordan Hood is well down the boys' field after an 81 to add to his opening 82.

Donabate's Pat Doran, runner-up last year is still in contention for the British senior women's title at Belvoir Park in Belfast.

A five-over-par 79 yesterday in tricky conditions gave her an aggregate of 156 to put her in fourth place, four strokes behind leader Maria de Orueta. Grange's Sheena McElroy is one stroke behind Doran.

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The sole non-European entry at the BMW J24 European Championship edged into the overall lead off Howth yesterday as a demanding five-race schedule was completed to compensate for a gale-disrupted programme.

American Mark Penfold on Reloaded edged ahead of Ian Southworth and Chris McLaughlin from Cowes in a two-boat battle for the overall lead in the 42-strong fleet.

Best of the Irish is Flor O'Driscoll with Hard on Port.

Irish Independent

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