Another superb effort from Wilson

Annabel Wilson, who helped Ireland to a highly-creditable second-place finish in the Home internationals last week, produced a stunning closing burst over the Massereene course in county Antrim yesterday to spearhead the Irish charge towards places in the knock-out stages of the British Girls Open Championship.

Another superb effort from Wilson

The Lurgan teenager carded two birdies in the last four holes of her first qualifying round to post a two over par 75 to be among the leaders and the only player in the top 10 from the home countries, the others all being continentals.

Her one black spot was a double bogey six at the ninth- but Wilson has every reason to be pleased with her overall performance as she fired herself into a strong position to secure one of the 64 spots in the match-play draw.

Wilson goes into the second and final qualifying round this morning four strokes adrift of leader Ludovica Farina of Italy.

Niamh McSherry also from Lurgan is only a stroke behind Wilson having birdied the penultimate hole. She had two bogeys on the way out and t coming home.

Irish champion Mary Doyle from the Heath is in with a splendid chance of making progress despite a five over par 78 which included a double bogey and two bogeys on the homeward half.

Ciara Casey of Hermitage is not totally out of contention after a 79 – she got off to a nightmare start with three bogeys in the first four holes- but she can afford any slip-ups today. Royal Belfast’s Victoria Craig after an 82 and Niamh Ward of Lurgan following an 89 appear to have an impossible task to qualify.

Meanwhile the British Boys Championship gets underway today over the Dundonald and Prestwick links with a large representation of Irish teenagers some of whom played a significant part in the good performance by Ireland in the Boys internationals last week.

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