Sunday 17 December 2017

O'Leary overcomes tricky conditions to finish on high

Cork's Gillian O'Leary rose five places on the leaderboard in the British Ladies Open stroke play championship at rain-lashed Tenby on the west Wales coast yesterday.

Thunderstorms forced play to be suspended for two and a half hours in the morning and LGU officials curtailed the tournament to a 54-hole affair as more bad weather threatened.

O'Leary started the day in joint 20th place but rose to 15th after returning an 80 at the same time as most of the field struggled badly.

She had a triple-bogey seven at the fourth and two double bogeys, but a homeward half score of 37 helped her to respectability, as she finished on 236, 20-over-par.

Last year's champion Danielle McVeigh finished a stroke back on 237 after rounds of 81, 77 and 79, with her final round containing eight bogeys, one birdie and nine pars.

Scotland's Curtis Cup star Pamela Pretswell is the new champion after posting a 54-hole aggregate of 218, three strokes ahead of Welsh teenager Amy Boulden.

Irish Independent

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