Ireland start strong at European Senior Championships

Ronan MacNamara
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Ireland start strong at European Senior Championships

Laura Webb (Photo by Richard Martin-Roberts/R&A via Getty Images)

Ireland have started well at the 2022 European Senior Men’s Team Championship with both the Men’s and Ladies teams perched inside the top-10 after the opening day. 

The Irish Ladies find themselves in fourth position at Golf Arboretum Slovenia while Laura Webb is the leading Irishwoman in 14th with Carol Wickham in 19th. 

Webb finds herself just three shots off the early pace set by Spaniard Macarena Campomanes after the Royal Portrush golfer shot an eight-over 79. 

The current Irish Senior Women’s champion was without a birdie on Tuesday but after carding six bogeys in a seven hole stretch around the turn, Webb steadied the ship with just two dropped shots in her last eight holes. 

Wickham of Laytown & Bettystown is a shot further back on nine-over after an opening 80 which also didn’t yield a birdie. 

However, the former Irish Open and Close double winner might feel she should be looking down on everyone at the top of the individual leaderboard had it not been for a stuttering finish where she dropped four shots in her last four holes.  A double on 15 was followed by bogeys on 17 and 18. 

Maria O’Reilly and Alison Taylor are both inside the top-30 on ten-over while Lisa Cullen is on fourteen-over and Tracey Eakin is two shots further back. 

Ireland are currently in fourth place on +51, with Germany out in front on +39. 

Meanwhile in the Senior Men’s Championship, Castlerock’s David Mulholland is just a shot off the lead after a level-par 72 at Estonian Golf and Country Club, Estonia. 

It was an extremely steady round that contained one birdie, one bogey and sixteen pars. A birdie two on the 5th was cancelled out by a bogey on the par-5 6th. 

That was good enough to leave Mulholland in third place overnight with Danish golfer Kent Tonnesen out in front on one-under. 

Galway’s Joe Lyons is a shot further back on one-over after a 73 after a rollercoaster round of golf. 

Lyons opened with a pair of bogeys before picking up his first birdie of the day on the par-3 8th. A double on 9 and a bogey on the tenth dropped him to four-over for the championship. 

However, he rallied with birdies on 11, 12 and 15 before a bogey on 16 was cancelled out by a closing birdie as he moved into the top-10. 

Christopher O’Connor and Eamonn Haugh are also well placed on two-over while John O’Brien is four-over. 

Jody Fanagan will be hoping for a better second round after opening with a seven-over 79. 

Overall Ireland are in third place on nine-over, five shots behind Denmark. 

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