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Caption: Julie McCarthy (Forrest Little) - Photo Courtesy of Pat Cashman
Forrest Little's Julie McCarthy shot two steady rounds of 76 and 72 to see her safely through to the match play stages at the Girls British Open Amateur Championship. She qualified in 31st place and took on Germany's Lilly Marie Koester. The match was all square through 10 holes but McCarthy took control to win the next 3 and closed out the match on the 16th, with a 3&2 victory. She will now face Madelene Stavnar of Norway in the final 32 tomorrow.
Niamh McSherry (Lurgan) was the first of the Irish to take to the links at Royal St. David's this morning, during the opening round of match play. McSherry had a tough battle on her hands as she faced 8th best qualifier, Isobel Wardle (England). A tight tussle between the two ended on the 16th hole, as the English player triumphed 3&2.
Ireland's top qualifier, Killarney's Valerie Clancy also found herself facing an uphill battle against 39th seed Emilie Alba Paltrinieri from Italy. The Italian made a quick start and Clancy failed to get back on top as the match ended 4&3 in favour of Alba Paltrinieri.
Round 2 Draw Julie McCarthy (Forrest Little) Vs. Madelene Stavnar (Norway)
Round 1 Results Niamh McSherry (Lurgan) lost to Isobel Wardle (England) 3&2 Valerie Clancy (Killarney) lost to Emilie Alba Paltrinieri (Italy) 4&3 Julie McCarthy (Forrest Little) beat Lilly Marie Koester (Germany) 3&2
Round 1 Scores 26th – 73, 74 Valerie Clancy 31st – 76, 72 Julie McCarthy 57th – 71, 80 Niamh McSherry Missed Cut 67th – 77, 76 Annabel Wilson 97th – 78, 79 Mairead Martin
Further Championship information available HERE.