Thursday 23 November 2017

Maguire shows resolve to keep Irish hopes alive

Leona Maguire helps keep the Irish hope alive to qualify for the quarter-finals of the European Ladies Team Championship at Helsingar in Denmark
Leona Maguire helps keep the Irish hope alive to qualify for the quarter-finals of the European Ladies Team Championship at Helsingar in Denmark

Ireland need to step up a gear today if they are to qualify for the quarter-finals of the European Ladies Team Championship at Helsingar in Denmark.

They finished day one in joint tenth place with a score of 374, 17 behind leaders Switzerland but more importantly three behind the eighth-placed nations.

Leona Maguire - fresh from her brilliant runners-up display in the European Masters - led the way for Ireland with a level-par 71 which included two birdies and two bogeys; she finished with eight straight pars.

Maria Dunne of Skerries posted a 74 while Jessica Carty and Paula Grant both took 76 and Olivia Mehaffey had one of her off days taking 77, but her card still counted as Chloe Ryan returned a non-counting 80.

In the Girls Championship in the Czech Republic, Ireland are in ninth spot and could make the quarter-finals with an improved performance today.

They are on 381, just one stroke behind eighth-placed Austria.

Annabel Wilson of Lurgan was the leading Irish player on 73 while Niamh McSherry (75),Julie McCarthy (75),Mairead Martin (78) and Ciara Casey (81) all counted towards the aggregate. The 84 of Valerie Clancy did not count.

Spain lead the way at the halfway stage of the qualifying phase.

Irish Independent

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