Wednesday 17 January 2018

Maguire in Masters top 10 despite late bogeys

Ireland's Leona Maguire
Ireland's Leona Maguire

A couple of late bogeys were a source of frustration for Ireland's Leona Maguire, but the World No 1 amateur remains in the top 10 at the ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters.

Maguire followed up her opening round of 69 with a two-under-par 70; however, it could have been much better but for two bogeys in the final three holes.

She lies in ninth but trails England's Alex Peters by six shots after she shot a course-record-equalling 63 at The Buckinghamshire Golf Club. At 11-under par, she leads by two from English teenager Charley Hull.

After a disastrous opening-day 82, Ireland's Rebecca Codd salvaged some pride with a second round of even-par 72.

Elsewhere, The Island's Gertie McMullen defeated leading qualifier Mary MacLaren (Royal Portrush) to win her first Irish Senior Women's Close Championship at Castletroy yesterday.

McMullen raced ahead early to lead by three holes at the turn, a deficit that MacLaren could not close and while holes were exchanged over the back nine, McMullen closed out the match on the sixteenth green adding the 2015 Seniors Close title to her 2013 Open title won at Castlerock.

In the Plate, Catherine Bird (Nenagh) defeated Ann Monteith (Slieve Russell) on the home green to win her first Plate championship.

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