Purcell storms back into contention at Royal Hague
Conor Purcell produced a faultless three-under-par 69 yesterday to play himself into contention for the European Amateur Championship at Royal Hague in the Netherlands.
Having opened with a 74, the in-form Portmarnock player, who enjoyed a memorable run to the semi-finals of the Amateur Championship last week, reached the turn one-under after a birdie on ninth and followed that up with another at the 10th.
A third birdie on 16 rounded off an excellent day for Purcell, who heads into this morning's third round five strokes behind Australian Blake Windred, who leads the field on six-under (138) after back-to-back rounds of 69.
Beaten Amateur Championship finalist Robin Dawson and Rowan Lester are both on one-under (143) after two rounds.
Dawson's round included a stunning eagle three at the 10th, but he was left to rue two costly double bogeys on 11 and 18 as he signed for a level-par 72. His round also included four birdies and two bogeys.
Hermitage's Lester also holed an eagle along with two birdies during his round of 73 that also included five bogeys.
Castle's Alex Gleeson shot a disappointing 76 to leave him two-over for the tournament while Mark Power (Kilkenny), Jonathan Yates (Naas) and Tiaran McLarnan (Masssereene) all have work to do today if they are to make the cut.
Meanwhile, hopes of a back-to-back Irish winner of the Ladies' British Open Amateur Championship were dashed as Olivia Mehaffey, Annabel Wilson and Jessica Ross bowed out of the tournament at Hillside in Southport yesterday.
Curtis Cup star Mehaffey, who reached the final 16 last year, was knocked out in the round of 32 this time around - narrowly edged out on the final green by Alessia Nobilio from Italy.
Mehaffey had earlier seen off England's Jessica Hall by two holes in the first round of match play.
Wilson was beaten 4&3 by Anna Backman in the second round, having been three down by the turn against her Finnish opponent, who was defeated in the semi-finals last year by eventual champion Leona Maguire.
Earlier, Wilson had defeated Yuka Saso of the Philippines on the last.
Ross went down 2&1 in the first round to England's Caitlin Whitehead.