No joy for Mehaffey at Ladies Italian Open

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Olivia Mehaffey (Photo" John Dickson/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

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Olivia Mehaffey missed her third consecutive cut on the Ladies European Tour as an agonising late triple-bogey cost her a place in the weekend draw at the Ladies Italian Open at Golf Club Magara.

The Tandragee woman looked to be in for the weekend as she stood on the eighth tee – having started at the 10th – at three-over and two shots inside the cut line, but a seven at the par-four eighth was a dagger blow.

It led to a second consecutive three-over 75 and meant she missed out on the five-over-par cut line by just one shot, with this undoubtedly the hardest of the recent missed weekends to take for the former Arizona State star.

She had put herself in an excellent position to stick around for the final two rounds, three birdies and an eagle in the space of six holes bringing her into the mix, but her race was run after that triple-bogey, with a closing par leaving her one shot too many.

Meanwhile, another rough day for Clandeboye’s Victoria Craig saw her also miss out on the weekend, although it was a much improved performance from her as she bettered her first round score by six as she signed for a three-over 75.

Indeed, most of the damage was done for the Northern Irish woman by a triple-bogey at the par-four seventh, with two birdies and two bogeys representing a solid day’s work around that.

South Africa’s Lee-Ann Pace moved to the top of the leaderboard at the halfway stage as seven birdies and a double-bogey in a five-under 67 took her one-shot clear at eight-under-par for the tournament.

The LET veteran is being chased down by a quality leaderboard, though, with Switzerland’s Morgane Metraux and Italian pair Roberta Liti and amateur Carolina Melgrati a shot further back at seven-under, with another South African, Casandra Alexander, at six-under.

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