Friday 17 November 2017

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Meadow makes hay in Ballybunion

Stephanie Meadow gave a sensational display in the wind and rain at Ballybunion to lead the qualifiers into the match play stage of the Irish women's close championship.

The 21-year-old 2012 British Ladies champion, and star member of the Alabama University team, fired a six- under-par 67 in her second round on one of Ireland's toughest links courses.

That gave her a 36-hole aggregate of 139, all of 10 strokes fewer than Slieve Russell teenager Leona Maguire, who beat her in last year's Irish final. Leona's twin sister Lisa had a disastrous opening round of 86, but a second-round 77 for an aggregate of 163 gave Lisa a spot among the 32 qualifiers.

Maria Dunne, who was disqualified from last week's British Amateur Open for using a distance-measuring device, also made it through.


Aaron Kearney was the last Irishman to fall at the Amateur Championship at Royal Cinque Ports on the Kent coast.

The 27-year-old battler from Castlerock in Northern Ireland put up a brave fight against the hugely talented Scottish Open stroke play champion Garrick Porteous before slipping to a 3&2 fourth-round loss.

Porteous proved to be the bane of the Irish, as earlier in the day he had disposed of Ireland's other survivor, Paul Dunne of Greystones, also by 3&2.

The match against Kearney had been a nip-and-tuck affair until the closing stretch when Porteous (23) moved into top gear and the Irishman stumbled.

Dunne was always up against it in his clash with Porteous. Although the final scoreline was quite respectable, the Englishman held all the aces throughout.

Irish Independent

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