Wednesday 22 November 2017

Leona keeps up brilliant form on mixed day for Ireland

A week which started so promisingly for Ireland's amateur golfers will end disappointingly today without any of their teams collecting a medal in the European team championships.

The boys' team, playing over the Prague City course, are certain to fare the best after they overcame Finland 4-1 yesterday to book a fifth-place play-off against Germany.

Jack Hume and Alex Gleeson were in fine form, taking the foursomes 4&3, and then the in-form Dermot McElroy made it 2-0 with a 4&3 success in the singles. Gavin Moynihan wrapped things up with a last-gasp triumph, and just for good measure Gary Hurley won as well.

In the men's event at Victoria Vilamoura in Portugal, Ireland went down 3.5-1.5 to Scotland and will today face Finland for seventh spot. Crucial was the 22nd-hole defeat of Paul Cutler. The only Irish winner was Paul Dunne, who triumphed 5&4.

Ireland's women battled bravely against France at Murhof, Austria, before slipping to a 3-2 defeat. Leona Maguire continued her rich vein of form with a 3&2 success.

The Slieve Russell teenager smashed the course record on Wednesday with a brilliant eight-under-par 64, and won both her matches. Stephanie Meadow was Ireland's other winner yesterday. The team will face Denmark in their quest for seventh place today.

The girls' team beat Turkey 3-2 in Flight B and take on Austria today for 13th place. Jessica Carty and Chloe Ryan won their singles while Olivia Mehaffey and Hannah Henderson ended on top in the foursomes.

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