Mehaffey steadies ship after poor start

Two double bogeys in the first three holes prevented teenage sensation Olivia Mehaffey from being among the leaders after the first round of the European Ladies Amateur Championship in Estonia yesterday.

The 16-year-old Irish girls’ champion from Royal County Down took six on both the second and third and had a bogey five on the seventh. But she did card birdies at six and 18 for a round of 75.

That put her eight strokes adrift of leader Nuria Iturrios and seven behind French star Celine Boutier.

Also on the 75 mark was Paula Grant from Lisburn, who went out in 39 with three bogeys and two birdies and came home with nine straight pars.

It was a rather disappointing day for the Maguire twins from Slieve Russell — Leona and Lisa — as they both slipped to scores of 76. They each had five bogeys and one birdie in what were rather lacklustre rounds.

Castletroy’s Chloe Ryan saw her hopes of glory dashed almost immediately as she made a disastrous start with a triple bogey eight on the first and bogeys on each of the next three holes — six strokes gone almost before she had started. Four more bogeys a double bogey and just one birdie were to follow.

Meanwhile, the European Young Masters begins in Hamburg today with Ireland represented in the boy’s event by Michael Cooke and Jordan Logue and in the girls’ contest by Julie McCarthy and Niamh McSherry.


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