Ireland stage comeback to tie France in Cadiz; Walsh goes well in Portugal

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Hugh Foley (Royal Dublin) Picture by Pat Cashman

Team Ireland dug deep in the afternoon to claw their way to a decent half against France on the opening day of the Octagonal Matches in Cadiz.

After David Kitt and Liam Nolan suffered a heavy 5&4 defeat in the first foursomes match, Hugh Foley and Jack McDonnell bagged a 1UP win in their match before both players enjoyed singles victories in the afternoon.

Robert Moran and TJ Ford were defeated in both the foursomes and their respective singles matches but Nolan ground out a half in the afternoon while Kitt also bounced back to win his singles match 2&1 over Julien Sale.

It meant the teams finished on 4.5 points apiece after a competitive first outing for the men in green in Spain who’ll return to the fairways on Friday after The Netherlands withdrew from the event. Group winners will go on to compete for the title on Saturday.

  • Full Octagonal scoring HERE

Meanwhile, at 92nd Portuguese Ladies Amateur Championship at Montado Golf Resort, Lahinch’s Aideen Walsh fared best of the Irish with a roller-coaster six-birdie, five-bogey one-over opening 73.

Walsh was one-under par through her opening three holes in round two and inside the top-10 with Beth Coulter at three-over after a day one 75 and Kate Lanigan struggling after an opening 80.

  • Full scoring from Portugal HERE

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