Tuesday 10 December 2019

Maguire storms into lead

Irish teenage marvel Lisa Maguire swept to the top of the leaderboard in the European Women's Individual Amateur Championship in the Netherlands yesterday.

The 16-year-old sensation from Slieve Russell in Cavan produced a stunning finish to her second round to go clear of the field.

She fired three birdies in the final six holes to post a brilliant four-under-par 68 for a 36-hole aggregate of 141, three-under-par.

It was the lowest round of the tournament over the Noordwijkse course and put her in pole position to challenge for the crown over the next two days.

Maguire, who was surprisingly only first reserve for the Vagliano Trophy team last month, goes into the third and penultimate round this morning three strokes clear of French competitor Perrine Delacour.

"It was one of those days when nearly everything worked," said the Irish international, who started the day two strokes off the pace.

Lisa's twin sister Leona returned a 75 for a 148 aggregate and is the next best Irish player, but was disappointed that for the second successive day, she dropped a stroke on the closing hole -- she also bogeyed the 15th.

Royal Portrush's Stephanie Meadow is on 149, while Danielle McVeigh could only manage 77 for 157 and both Charlene Reid and Gillian O'Leary are in danger of missing the 54-hole cut.

Meanwhile, in the European Young Masters at the Royal Balaton Club in Hungary, Ireland's Paul McBride is tied for 12th on 78 after round one, seven strokes off the pace, while Luke Woods is a further three strokes back

In the girls' event, both Irish players, Olivia Mehaffey and Hannah Henderson, are well down the leaderboard with scores of 84 and 87 respectively in their first rounds.

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