Sunday 18 March 2018

Carty's bid falls short

A six-over-par 77 for a 225 aggregate at Slovenia's Diners Club wrecked any chances Irish Girls Champion Jessica Carty had of surviving the 54-hole cut in the European Ladies Individual Amateur Championship.

Starting at the 10th, she covered her first nine in a respectable 36, but then had three sixes in a 41 back half, which ruled her out of contention.

The hopes of Chloe Ryan (Castletroy) and Paula Grant (Lisburn) disappeared quickly early on. They were 17 and 21-over-par respectively with three holes of their third round left.

Ryan had two late birdies to finish with a 74 for 228 (15-over), while Grant remained on 21-over, posting 234.

French star Celine Boutier leads the way on 13-under-par after a brilliant 66 yesterday and is five strokes clear of the pack.

Meanwhile, Carton House's Marc Boucher is the best of the Irish heading into the final day of the European Young Masters over the Royal Balaton course in Hungary.

The Maynooth teen returned a three-over-par 75 yesterday to add to his 76 the previous day for a 151 aggregate and is set to finish in the top half of the field. He had birdies at six and nine, bogeys on five holes, and pars on the rest.

County Sligo's David Brady added a 76 to his opening 78, but had the distinction of being one of the few players who could boast an eagle three on the 16th hole.

However, Brady is languishing in 25th spot. Olivia Mehaffey and Niamh McSherry are well off the pace in the girls' section with totals of 160 and 178 respectively.

Ireland are overall in 14th spot.

Irish Independent

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