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Saturday 16 December 2017

Leona revives Euro medal hopes

Chris Smart

Leona Maguire joined the chase for medals in the European Ladies Amateur Golf Championship in the Czech Republic yesterday as her twin sister Lisa fell away.

Having been very disappointed with her three-over-par 75 on Wednesday, the 15-year-old Slieve Russell star set about repairing the damage and improved by eight strokes on that opening round.

Maguire,the French U-20 champion fired a five-under-par 67 to be on two-under-par (142) at the halfway stage -- albeit six strokes off the pace set by Spaniard Marta Silva.

Silva goes into the third and penultimate round two strokes ahead of Austrian Sarah Schober and German Sophia Popov. The Irish teenager is in joint-ninth place.

Leona yesterday went out in a blistering 33 -- compared with 40 the previous day -- and came home in 34 with only one hiccup at the long 11th where she took a bogey six after finding trouble in the challenging rough of the Kuneticka Hora course.

But four threes on the back nine helped her move up the leaderboard into a challenging position.

Sister Lisa started poorly with two bogeys in the first five holes, reached the turn in 37, but a double-bogey five at the short 17th wrecked her bid.

Mary Dowling was steady for her second consecutive 73, but Victoria Bradshaw had a nightmare, carding 80 to add to her 77 -- a triple bogey seven at the ninth and double bogey six at the 14th ruining her card.

Meanwhile, it was a thoroughly disappointing day for the Irish contingent in the European Young Masters at the Royal Balaton Club in Hungary.

Alex Gleeson was the best with a 78, but is still a yawning eight strokes behind the leading group, while Gavin Moynihan went round in 81, Chloe Ryan in 84 and Jessica Carty in 86.

Irish Independent

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