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Tuesday 21 November 2017

Distance device KO for Irish pair


Two Irish Ladies internationals have made history for the wrong reasons in the British Amateur Open Championship at Machynys Peninsula in South Wales.

Maria Dunne and Aedin Murphy became the first players to be disqualified in an LGU tournament for using distance-measuring devices in contravention of the event's conditions and against local rules.

They were only a couple of holes into their first qualifying rounds, playing in separate three-ball matches, when they used the devices – allowed in Ireland and in practice for this event – without thinking.

Both players were too distraught to talk about the incident, but Susan Simpson, operations supremo of the LGU, pointed out that the rule was quite clearly spelled out on a blue card issued to competitors at the time of registration.

Meanwhile, there was some good news for Ireland in that 18-year-old Lisa Maguire gave a sensational putting display. She required only 23 putts on her way to a one-under-par 71 to sit alongside England's Hayley Davis and Korean-born Australian Si-Hyun Oh, just three strokes behind 18-year-old Dane Caroline Nistrup.

Lisa's twin sister Leona also delivered the goods with a level-par 72.

THE Dublin District Schoolboy League (DDSL) are through to the quarter-finals of the SFAI Kennedy Cup at the University of Limerick (UL).

The defending champions recorded two Group 5 victories at UL to advance to the last eight with 11 goals for and none against after three games.

The Limerick District League and Athlone are also through to the quarter-finals. Wexford and Donegal played out a 2-2 draw, with the latter advancing.

The semi-finals will be held tomorrow, followed by the final on Friday.

India became the first team through to the Champions Trophy semi-finals by beating West Indies by eight wickets following a second consecutive hundred from Shikhar Dhawan and Ravindra Jadeja's first ODI five-wicket haul.

After Jadeja captured 5-36 to limit West Indies to 233-9, a total inflated by Darren Sammy's late batting heroics in hitting 56 from 35 balls, India swept to 236-2 with 10.5 overs to spare at The Oval.

The result eliminated Pakistan and ensured the winner of Friday's match between West Indies and South Africa also qualify from Group B.

Irish Independent

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