Tuesday 16 January 2018

Lisa keeps flag flying in euro medal chase

Lisa Maguire kept alive her hopes of a medal in the European Amateur Championship in Finland with another steady round.

The 18-year-old Irish international from Slieve Russell returned a level-par 71 over the Aura course in Turku for a 54-hole aggregate of 212 to keep her in a tie for sixth place.

While her chances of the title and the gold medal appear dead – she is eight strokes behind leader Emily Pedersen of Denmark, who spreadeagled the field with a stunning 64 – Maguire is only one stroke adrift of those tying for second spot.

She was solid yesterday, with birdies on nine and 14, bogeys on eight and 18 and pars on the rest. Maguire's form is the only Irish bright spot as all our other representatives missed the 54-hole cut.

Her twin sister Leona, who had moved up the field on Thursday with a brilliant 69, fell back again, taking 76 for 227. Jessica Carty missed out by just one on 225. Paula Grant totalled 228 after three rounds, Chloe Ryan 229 and Maria Dunne 230.

Meanwhile, Ireland are struggling in the European Young Masters, slipping down the field yesterday to lie in 12th place on nine-over-par. They are 16 strokes behind joint leaders Spain and England.

Rory Williamson improved to level par, but Olivia Mehaffey and Kevin Le Blanc were four and five-over respectively.

Irish Independent

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