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Rhodes leads the way at Roganstown

​​Patience Rhodes (England) takes a one shot lead into the second round of the Irish Girls' Open Strokeplay Championship

  • 04 April 2019

​Caption: Patience Rhodes (England) (Thos Caffrey | Golffile)

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Patience Rhodes (England) will have a slender lead beginning her second round at the Irish Girls’ Open Stroke Play Championship tomorrow. The 15-year-old from Bernham and Berrow Golf Club carded three birdies in her two under par round of 69 – two of which came on the closing two holes. 

“On 17 I hit it past the pin and holed a 15 footer back down the hill which was a nice confidence booster,” explained Rhodes who is determined her ball striking and putting will ensure a good result over the weekend. “I hit most fairways and greens all day and putted well. I had a 6 foot putt for birdie on 18 which was a tricky left to right one, but I managed to stay calm and hole it”.

Play began at Roganstown Golf and Country Club at 9am this morning following a short delay due to frost. The Championship, played over 54 holes, welcomed a field of 111 international players to compete for the title which was first won by Leona Maguire in 2012 and has since been won by Olivia Mehaffey (RCDL) three times.

Of 34 Irish players in the field, Leah Temple Lang (Elm Park) is best positioned following her level par round. Temple Lang also birdied her closing two holes and the score reflects her best yet in four previous attempts at the event.

“To be honest I feel like I left a few out there, my pace putting wasn’t great but it’s my best round here to date and the tournament is not over yet, I’ll do some practice in the morning make sure I get them all to the hole tomorrow.”
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Caption: Leah Temple Lang (Elm Park) drops her ball from a pathway on the first hole at Roganstown (Thos Caffrey | Golffile)

Aine Donegan (Lahinch) recovered from a less than perfect start, having been three over par after six holes, to finish one over for her opening round, while Sara Byrne (Douglas) sits just inside the top 20 on three over.

The field, in which fifteen countries are represented, will be cut to the top 50 players and ties following Saturday’s second round, with the 2019 Champion crowned on Sunday afternoon. 

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