Sister act leads Irish charge
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.