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Lisa moves four clear of pack in race for Euro title

Lisa Maguire continued her domination at the top of the leaderboard in the European Women's Individual championship in the Netherlands yesterday.

The 16-year-old star from Slieve Russell in Co Cavan increased her lead on the Noordwijkse course and goes into the fourth and final round today four strokes clear of the chasing pack.

And there is the possibility of both the Maguire twins bagging medals as sister Leona, the Irish Open stroke play champion is lurking dangerously in fourth spot.

Lisa had an up and down performance as she added a one- over-par 73 to her 73 and 68 of the two previous days for a 54-hole aggregate of 214 -- two-under par.

She made a poor start dropping strokes on each of the first three holes, but for the second day running she finished strongly with two birdies in the last five holes. Lisa's nearest challenger is French competitor Perrine Delacour with Charlotte Kring Lorentzen and Leona Maguire just behind.


Leona matched the par of 72 and is on 220 -- she parred all nine holes on the homeward half and had two halves of 36.

Stephanie Meadow from Royal Portrush is also giving a good account of herself this week and goes into the last round in seventh spot on 224, while Royal County Down's Danielle McVeigh picked up after two disappointing rounds -- she returned a 74 to add to scores of 80 and 77.

Charlene Reid, Emma O'Driscoll and Gillian O'Leary all missed the 54-hole cut after disappointing displays.

Meanwhile, in the European Young Masters Championship at the Royal Balaton Club in Hungary Irish hopes of a medal effectively disappeared with lacklustre performances.

In the boys event, Paul McBride is joint 16th with rounds of 78 and 77, while Luke Woods is further back after scores of 81 and 80.

In the Girls event, both Olivia Mehaffey and Hannah Henderson are well off the pace after scores of 83 and 85 respectively yesterday.

Irish Independent