Saturday 18 November 2017

Good day for Maguires as Lisa stays in hunt

Slieve Russell star Lisa Maguire
Slieve Russell star Lisa Maguire

LISA Maguire held her nerve in Finland to stay on course for a medal in the European Amateur Individual Championship.

The 18-year-old international from Slieve Russell fired a second-round 72 to add to her 69 on Wednesday for a half-way total of one-under-par 141 to lie just four strokes off the pace set by Tonje Daffinrud but, more crucially, only one behind a group of players who share second spot.

Maguire was steady, with 15 pars, bogeys at five and six and a birdie at 13.

Her twin sister Leona improved dramatically, knocking 13 strokes off her Wednesday round by returning a 69. She had three birdies in the last four holes.

Maria Dunne went the other way, slumping to an 82, which was four strokes worse than her opening-day efforts.

Irish champion Paula Grant had a double-bogey five on the seventh on her way to a 74 and a 36-hole total of 152, while Jessica Carty produced some excellent golf to shoot 73 after an opening 78, her round being slightly spoiled by a double-bogey six on the 17th.

Chloe Ryan's round was rescued by two birdies in the last three holes, which helped her to a 76 and a 151 aggregate.

Meanwhile, at the European Young Masters in Hamburger, Ireland improved late in the day to secure seventh place in the opening round, albeit a long way adrift of leaders England.

With three of the four cards counting, Ireland finished the day on seven-over-par, with England on four-under.

Ireland stroke play champion Olivia Mehaffey was level par, with Niamh McSherry three-over and Kevin Le Blanc four-over.

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