Sport Golf

Thursday 22 March 2018

Irish slip out of contention

Ireland faded out of medal contention in the third round of the Women's World Amateur Team Championships for the Espirito Santo Trophy in Buenos Aires last night.

Leona Maguire had an uncharacteristically erratic round, making many clubbing errors and failing to rectify matters with her usually deadly short game.

She had double bogeys at the sixth, ninth and 13th and bogeys on two of the first four holes.

Birdies at five, 10, 12 and 15 helped, but were unable to make amends for her problems.

A bogey five at the 17th followed by a par at the last meant that Leona finished with a five-over-par 77.

Danielle McVeigh had four bogeys on the bounce soon after the turn, on her way to a disastrous seven-over-par 79.

Lisa Maguire went out in a two under-par-34 and she started for home with a couple of birdies before dropping a stroke at the 14th. She ended with a bogey five to return a two-under-par 70.

For the first time in the tournament Ireland were over par with a 54-hole aggregate of 434 and slipped down to a tie for 16th place.

In the meantime, Korea were stretching their championship lead over America with Germany, Sweden and South Africa engaged in a battle royal for bronze.

Irish Independent

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