Maguire and Mehaffey eye medals
Ireland swept into medal contention in the World Women's Amateur Team Championships in Mexico last night thanks to a fine show from Leona Maguire and Olivia Mehaffey.
They leapt from joint seventh overnight to a clear third spot behind Korea and Switzerland and ahead of a host of fancied nations including USA, Australia and Italy.
Maguire, the world No 1, posted a two-under-par 70 at the end of a solid round, and she is one of the leading individuals after 36 holes, in the top six.
The Slieve Russell star dropped strokes at only two holes - two and six - and birdied three, four, five and 15.
Mehaffey, the Welsh and Irish Open stroke-play champion from Royal County Down fired a 71 comprising halves of 35 and 36.
Meanwhile, Laura Webb survived a second-round blip to go five strokes clear of the field heading into the penultimate round of the British Senior Ladies Championship at Caldy on the Wirral.
Bogeys on the 11th, 14th and 15th threatened to offset an otherwise promising round from the Irish international but two birdies on the final three holes ensured Webb added 72 to her impressive first-round score of 71 to the end the day on three under par.
Defending champion Julie Brown finished the day in second with a round of 75 to leave her two over.
Irish seniors champion Gertie McMullen managed to improve on her first-round score of 79 by two strokes, remaining 13 off the top.
Elsewhere, Ireland continued to dominate Division Two of the European Boys Team Championship in the Czech Republic yesterday as they moved a step closer to a return to the top table.
Ireland are clear of their rivals with a 36-hole score of 728, 23 strokes ahead of nearest challengers Iceland. They face Switzerland in the semi-finals today while Iceland clash with Slovakia.
Kinsale's John Murphy cruised to the top of the individual leaderboard with a sparkling three-under-par 69 which included an eagle three on the 17th, that gave him a two-round total of 141.
Meanwhile, Ulster star Cormac Sharvin moved a step closer to surviving the first stage of qualification for a European Tour card with a three-under-par 69 at Roxburgh in Scotland.