Tuesday 24 October 2017

More misery for Murphy

Things just went from bad to worse for Aedin Murphy in the Ladies British Open Amateur Championship at Ganton in Yorkshire yesterday.

On Tuesday, she made golfing history by being the first ever player in an LGU event to be penalised for slow play.

And yesterday, the Carlow woman suffered another setback when she was hit with a penalty stroke after her ball hit her bag during a nightmare round.

The 21-year-old took an 11 on the 410-yard seventh when she found bunker trouble and ended up the hole by three-putting after having the penalty stroke handed to her.

In the end, Murphy went round in 91 -- 18 over par for a 171 aggregate -- but was not too fazed by it all.

"I must take some positives out of the week and move on. I must just chill out for a couple of days before going home by ferry. I would put it all down to experience,"said an upbeat Murphy.

A thoroughly disappointing championship came to an end for 22-year-old Curtis Cup player Danielle McVeigh.

She failed by three strokes to make it into the knock-out phase despite an improvement yesterday.

Having posted 77 for a 161 aggregate, she said afterwards: "I played much better but it was not good enough. But it does not matter -- there's always another day."

Cork's Gillian O'Leary looked set to qualify when she was just one over par with five holes to play, having taken 80 on the first day.

But she then had a double bogey, triple bogey and two bogeys to finish on 81 and 161 overall, the same mark as McVeigh of the Royal County Down club.

Sarah Cunningham of Ennis never got going during the qualifying phase and also fell by the wayside, with a 36-hole total of 167.

Sweden's Caroline Hedwall, runner-up two years ago, led the 64 qualifiers into the knock-out phase with a 70 for a 143 total.

Irish Independent

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