Ireland surge sixteen shots clear at European Championships

Ronan MacNamara
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Ireland surge sixteen shots clear at European Championships

Brendan Lawlor (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Ireland will take a sixteen-shot lead into the final round of the European Team Championship for Golfers with Disability after an extremely dominant second round in KOKSIJDE GOLF TER HILLE, Belgium.

Ireland shot a twelve-under 132 in the greensomes format to build up what appears to be an unassailable lead on four-under as they left Sweden in their wake.

Captain Gareth McNeilly altered the pairings with Alan Gaynor partnering Conor Stone while Brendan Lawlor paired up with Aidan Grenham for day two.

Gaynor of Co. Sligo and Co. Meath Golf Club’s Stone shot a four-under 68 while Carton House’s Lawlor and Ballinasloe’s Grenham went four better with a superb 64.

World number one Lawlor and Grenham carded six birdies in eight holes including four on the spin to spearhead the Irish charge. The pair also carded birdies on the first, fourth, fifth and seventeenth while they dropped shots on the third and eighteenth.

Stone and Gaynor also enjoyed a relatively straight-forward round with just the one blemish coming on the ninth.

The duo roared out of the traps with back-to-back birdies before moving to four-under for the day with another brace on six and seven. The back nine wasn’t as eventful as their teammates with just one birdie on the 13th followed by eight pars.

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