Tuesday 25 April 2017

Maguire twins falter late on as Irish medal hopes dwindle

For the second round in succession, Ireland faded over the closing holes at the World Amateur Team Championships in Buenos Aires last night to slip disappointingly down the leaderboard when in serious contention.

Lisa Maguire slumped to a double-bogey five on the 17th, while twin sister Leona bogeyed the closing hole and Danielle McVeigh dropped strokes on two of the last three holes.

From being four-under-par and looking extremely impressive, they dropped to one-under and down to joint 13th, still well clear of the other Home Nations and not out of the medal hunt.

With birdies on the eighth, 11th and 13th, Leona had put herself in a very strong position at three-under-par, but clubbing problems on the last cost her a vital shot. She finished two-under-par (70).

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Lisa was one-under with three to play but the short 17th, which caused difficulties for so many players, proved her undoing and she had to be content with a 73.

McVeigh had two bogeys in the first five holes and was not at her best, although a birdie four at the 15th gave her hope -- but bogeys at 16 and 18 ruined her card and she ended with a non-counting 75.

Ireland are on 287 at the half-way stage and need a really good performance today to get into serious medal contention.

It was Korea who set the tournament alight on day two, firing 16-under-par for the second round to go from one-over to 15-under, taking the lead from America, who are a stroke behind in second spot. Germany are third.

England are five-over-par in a tie for 21st place, with Scotland and Wales both further back on six-over and eight-over respectively.

Irish Independent

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