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Ireland hopes on knife edge

Ireland can't afford any slip-ups today if they are to progress into the quarter-finals of the European Women's Team Championship on Austria's Murhof course.

They posted a first qualifying day total of 372, 12-over par, and lie in 12th spot.

While they are 27 strokes behind leaders Denmark, they are only five outside the top eight so have every chance of qualifying.

Leona Maguire, recent runaway winner of the Irish Open Stroke Play Championship, led the way with a solid 72, comprising halves of 38 and 34.

Her twin Lisa had a triple-bogey seven on the third in her 77 and Stephanie Meadow took eight on the 15th but still managed a 75. In those two holes seven strokes disappeared.

Charlene Reid returned a 74, Danielle McVeigh took 75 and Karen Delaney 76.

Meanwhile, Ireland are in 15th position after day one of the European Girls' Team Championship in Sardinia and appear to have little hope of making an impact.

Paula Grant performed best with a 73 comprising halves of 35 and 38, while Jessica Carty was on 78 and the rest in the 80s. Finland top the leaderboard.

Irish Independent