Ladies sneak through after Mehaffey and Maguire magic
Ireland edged into the last eight of the European Ladies Amateur Team Championship over the Helsingor course in Denmark yesterday thanks to a greatly improved second-day display.
The in-form Olivia Mehaffey, who has won three major stroke-play tournaments already this year, provided the inspiration as she fired a splendid two- under-par 69 with halves of 35 and 34.
Leona Maguire's stunning finish on her way to a 72, which produced birdies on the last three holes, was the other major factor in squeezing Ireland into eighth spot, just one stroke ahead of the Netherlands.
With five of their six cards counting, the Irish posted a second-day total of 364 - an improvement of 10 strokes on their Tuesday performance - giving them a 36-hole total of 738. Jessica Carty returned a highly-respectable 72 and Maria Dunne a 74.
Ireland face a very tough match today in their bid for a place in the semi-finals as they take on top qualifiers England, who went through 28 strokes ahead of the Irish.
Ireland's girls bowed out in the Czech Republic, having finished in 11th place. Now in the second flight, the best they can do is finish ninth, with Finland their next opponents today.