Lester the lone beacon of Irish hope at British Boys Open
Rowan Lester carries Irish hopes into the match-play stages of the British Boys Open Amateur Championship in Scotland this morning.
The Hermitage teenager posted a three-over-par 74 at Prestwick to add to the 72 he carded the previous day at Dundonald.
That knocked him off the top of the leaderboard but he still qualified only one stroke adrift of the pace-setters.
The other Irish competitors came nowhere near securing one of the 64 spots in the next phase.
Jamie Fletcher of Warrenpoint slumped to 161, with Ted Collins of Dun Laoghaire, Peter Kerr of Royal Portrush, Wentworth-based Eoin Leonard, County Sligo's David Brady and David Carey of Carton House well out of the top 100.
In the British Girls Open at Massereene, Irish hopes of success vanished in the second round.
Niamh McSherry recorded a great round-one win beating German Laura Kowohi 5&4, while Ciara Casey upset Clara Young 4&3. But Mary Doyle, Chloe Weir and Annabel Wilson all fell at the first hurdle. Then after a great fight McSherry went down 2&1 in the second round and Casey lost out 4&3.