Wednesday 22 November 2017

In brief: Maguires Home in on Irish glory

Twin sisters Leona and Lisa Maguire make their senior home international debuts at Whitchurch, Cardiff today when they line out against England.

The Maguires helped Ireland finish runners-up in the European Girls team championship in July and have shown their outstanding ability again this year. Only the Maguires and Malone's Louise Coffey are new to Home International golf.

Danielle McVeigh will hope to reproduce the form that brought her so much success last year, including victory in the British stroke-play championship. Irish close champion Mary Dowling and Munster title holder Gillian O'Leary add experience to the side, which will be captained by Claire Robinson, as Ireland chase their first win in the event since 2004.

Irish team: L Coffey (Malone),M Dowling (New Ross),Leona Maguire (Slieve Russell),Lisa Maguire (Slieve Russell),D McVeigh (Royal County Down),G O'Leary (Cork),S O'Sullivan (Galway), C Reid (Royal Portrush). Captain: Claire Robinson.

Kilpatrick plays his card right in opener

Banbridge's Richard Kilpatrick made a solid start to stage one of the European Tour's qualifying school at France's Barbaroux club yesterday.

The former Irish amateur No 1 posted a two-under 70 to sit in a share of eighth, five shots behind joint leaders Michael Schachner of the US and host-nation hopeful Victor Dubuisson.

Athenry's Michael Mulryan opened with a 74, while Limerick's former Junior Open champion Cian McNamara had a 75.

Irish PGA campaigner Glen Robinson saw his hopes suffer a crippling early blow with an 80, while Malone amateur Byron Campbell struggled to an 83.

At Ebreichsdorf, in Austria, Eamonn Brady of Clontarf finished the opening day seven shots behind front-runner Joakim Lagergren after a two-over 74. Austria-based Justin Brink had to settle for a 78.

Irish Independent

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