Sport Golf

Monday 19 March 2018

Leona sparkles as Lisa struggles

Leona Maguire is in pole position at Carnoustie to grab a prominent place in the match-play stages of the Ladies British Open Amateur Championship after the second qualifying round, writes Chris Smart.

However, her 17-year-old twin sister Lisa shot a nightmare 83 and will need a minor miracle today to survive.

Leona fired an opening one-over-par 73 -- a score bettered by only a handful of players.

A double-bogey six on the short 320-yard par-four third was her major hiccup, and she recovered pretty quickly with two birdies in three holes from the eighth.

Out in 36, she came back in 37 and was fuming at having two bogeys in the last three holes.

Lisa had three double-bogeys, six bogeys and just one birdie.

Stephanie Meadow shot a nine-over-par 81 which included three double-bogeys, while Castleroy's Chloe Ryan recorded five double-bogeys in an 81.

Leading the way were Celine Boutier and Giulia Molianro, who both mastered what is considered to be one of the toughest links courses in the world, to post brilliant scores of 70.

Following today's second round, the leading 64 players go forward to the knockout phase ending in the final over 18 holes on Saturday afternoon.

Irish Independent

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