Wednesday 21 February 2018

O'Leary on leaders' heels

Chris Smart

Cork's Gillian O'Leary is hot on the heels of the leaders after the first round of the British Ladies Open stroke-play championship at Tenby in West Wales.

The talented O'Leary, who has sometimes struggled for consistency, fired on all cylinders to post an impressive two-under-par 70 with halves of 37 and 33.

She failed to make the match-play stages of the British championship at Ganton after a mixed display, but yesterday three successive birdies from the 13th put her in a good position and she goes into the second round today only two strokes adrift of the joint leaders, Welsh teenager Amy Boulden and Holland's Chrisje de Vries.

It was another thoroughly disappointing day for defending champion Danielle McVeigh of Royal County Down, who has lost her form recently.

McVeigh stumbled to halves of 41 and 40 for an 81, with five bogeys on the way out and six coming home. Her chances of retaining the title she won at Aberdeen have all but disappeared.

Sarah Cunningham of Ennis, who was in the Irish side which finished runners-up in the European Girls Team Championship, dropped seven strokes in the first three holes and slumped to an 84.

Portstewart's Maura Diamond took 79 after a double bogey on the short 17th and Bangor's Victoria Bradshaw could do no better than 88.

Irish Independent

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