Sport Golf

Wednesday 21 March 2018


Teenager Lisa Maguire is just off the pace after a splendid opening round in the European Ladies Individual Championship in Finland.

The 18-year-old Slieve Russell star fired a two-under-par 69 over the Aura course in Turku to position herself two shots behind leader Emily Pedersen from Denmark.

Starting at the 10th, Lisa covered her first nine holes in 35 and got to four-under with another couple of birdies, but two bogeys in the last three holes wrecked her chances of leading overnight.

But the woeful form of Lisa's twin sister Leona continued as she struggled around in an abysmal 82, failing to card one birdie and adding two double bogeys and seven bogeys – she was at sixes and sevens in every department.

Meanwhile, Chloe Ryan had a mixed round, as she collected a rare eagle on the third and then slumped to back-to-back double bogeys on the seventh and eighth. Birdies on 16 and 17 helped her finish on 75.

New Irish champion Paula Grant suffered a horrendous homeward half, taking 42, including a double bogey on the 13th, and five bogeys. Jessica Carty and Maria Dunne both carded rounds of 78 to leave them well off the pace.

Today in Germany the European Young Masters begins with Niamh McSherry and Olivia Mehaffey Ireland's representatives on the girls' team and Rory Williamson and Kevin LeBlanc the boys' representatives.

Irish Independent

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