Monday 18 November 2019

Sister act leads Irish charge

Chris Smart

It was Laura Grant who led the Irish charge after round one of the British Ladies Open Amateur Championship at Shandon Park in Belfast -- but yesterday Laura's sister Paula moved up the leaderboard to become the home nation's top challenger.

Paula, from the nearby Lisburn club, fired a one-over-par 73 yesterday for a 149 aggregate to lie seven strokes off the halfway pace.

A double-bogey six on the fourth was a hiccup for Paula, but she finished the round with a flourish, with three birdies in the last four holes.

Deirdre Smith, the experienced Irish international from Louth, is on 153 nine-over-par after a 75 yesterday. She had a topsy-turvy round, which included three birdies, four bogeys and one double-bogey, while Jane O'Driscoll posted a total of 155.

Laura Grant, who had an excellent level-par 72 on Wednesday to be just three strokes behind the leader, slumped to an unhappy 83 in her second round, with three double-bogeys and five bogeys.

Gillian O'Leary, Mary Dowling, Olivia Mehaffey, Maria Dunne and Jessica Carty all survived the half-way cut, which fell at 161, with 40 players going through to today's final two rounds.

Truro's Sarah-Jane Boyd leads after a 73 for a 142 aggregate, two strokes clear of Curtis Cup player Amy Boulden from North Wales and Amber Ratcliffe from Royal Cromer in Norfolk.

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