Joyce-Moreno hopes to keep playing “boring golf” ahead of final round in Baltray

Ronan MacNamara

Marina Joyce-Moreno (Photo by Naomi Baker/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)

Ireland’s Marina Joyce-Moreno is relishing the prospect of a Sunday title charge at the Flogas Irish Women’s and Girls Amateur Open Championship after a solid second round of level-par 74 at Co. Louth Golf Club.

The Spanish-based is two-under for the championship and trails Lorna McClymont by four shots at the time of writing.

Joyce-Moreno is excited about the challenge ahead.

“It’s very exciting,” she said. “It is very motivating for me to keep on practicing to put myself into positions like I am now.

“I am looking forward to it and I am excited about it.”

Like yesterday, the teenager stumbled out of the blocks, dropping shots on the third and seventh before a chip-in eagle on the par-5 9th gave her some much-needed momentum.

“The wind was with me when I hit the drive and I was twenty metres short after my second shot and I chipped it in. Olivia [Costello] made an eagle as well but it was easier for her she had a one foot putt for her eagle!”

The Llavaneras native carded nine successive pars on her back nine and in total has had 27 pars in 36 holes this week and she admitted that limiting the mistakes has been key.

“The key today was to play boring golf because I started missing greens early in the round but on the ninth I had an eagle that kept me motivated and I played boring golf on the back nine and hopefully more putts will go in tomorrow.

“The weather was much better. It wasn’t as windy or as rainy as yesterday so it was easier to play golf.”

Joyce-Moreno is also connected to Portrush Golf Club through her father and her links form has been stellar so far this year with a T-6th place finish at last month’s R&A U16 Amateur Championship and as it stands, she is the leading Irish player as the afternoon wave approach the turn.


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