Leading qualifier Sinead Sexton (Lahinch) continued to impress at the Irish Women’s Close Championship with victory over fellow home member Valerie Shannon at the Clare venue yesterday.
Junior international Valerie Clancy (Killarney) will join Sexton in today’s Championship Match Play following victory over Lisa O’Shea (Shannon) while Mary Doyle (The Heath), Paula Walsh (Doneraile), Sara Byrne (Douglas) and Sarah Cunningham (Ennis) all secured wins.
Chloe Ryan (Castletroy) continued to lead in the bottom half of the draw, overcoming local Olivia Lucas on the 14th, after holing out for eagle 3.
Shannon Burke (Ballinrobe) and Tipp native Aoife Lowry also impressed, as did Curtis Cup team members Maria Dunne (Skerries) and Olivia Mehaffey (RCDL).
The 16 first round winners compete in the championship match play.
S Sexton (Lahinch) v P Walsh (Doneraile), V Clancy (Killarney) v S Byrne (Douglas), L Coffey (Malone) v M Doyle (The Heath), S Cunningham (Ennis) v G Carr (Milltown), C Ryan (Castletroy) v S Burke (Ballinrobe), A Lowry (Tipperary) v R Thompson (Cork), M Dunne (Skerries) v L Walsh (Castlewarden), O Mehaffey (RCDL) v M Martin (Killarney).
Valerie Shannon (Lahinch) v Anne McCormack (Naas), Lisa O’Shea (Shannon) (W/O) , Gillian O’Leary (The Island) v Aedin Murphy (Carlow) , Ellen O’Gorman (Milltown) (W/O), Olivia Lucas (Lahinch) v Catriona Griffin (Killarney), Orla Dunphy (Kilkenny) v Maeve Rooney (Co. Sligo), Clodagh Jones (Roscrea) v Elisa Corcoran (Grange), Linda Toomey (Lahinch) v Karen Delaney (Carlow).