Sunday 18 February 2018

Girls fail to make top flight after mixed day for Maguires

Ireland were bitterly disappointed not to make it into the top flight for the match-play stages of the European Girls Team Championship in Germany yesterday -- three years after they captured the crown.

After the stroke-play phase, they finished in 13th position, with an aggregate of 33-over-par, and will now have to play in the second flight knowing their best position can only be ninth.

For the second day in succession, Leona Maguire was the best of the Irish, returning a level-par 72; Ireland are out of the title hunt, but she is still in the top dozen individuals.

Leona had level halves of 36, collecting four birdies, two bogeys and a double bogey, but her twin sister Lisa continued to be out of sorts as she posted a miserable round of 79.

Jean O'Driscoll improved considerably on her Tuesday performance and matched Leona's 79, but with neither Chloe Ryan or Jessica Carty breaking 80, Ireland were always in trouble.

England romped into the top flight at the head of the field with a 35-under-par total -- 21 clear of nearest rivals Spain.

The other top flight places went to Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Denmark, France and Sweden.

Irish Independent

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