All ten Irish progress to matchplay stages of Spanish Men’s and Ladies Amateur

Ronan MacNamara

Kate Lanigan (Photo By Brendan Moran/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

The Hermitage’s Kate Lanigan led the Irish qualifiers as all five players eased through to the matchplay stages of the Spanish International Ladies Amateur Championship.

With the top-64 qualifying for the knockout rounds after 36 holes of stroke play, Lanigan continued her fine form with rounds of 71 and 78 to progress in 12th place on five-over-par.

Knock’s Katie Poots and Olivia Costello of Roscommon ensured their debuts in the event will go on as they qualified in 31st place on ten-over-par.

14-year-old Costello carded rounds of 79 and 75 while Irish Girls winner shot rounds of 78 and 76. Marina Joyce Moreno was a shot further back on eleven-over.

Ulster Strokeplay winner Aideen Walsh of Lahinch recovered from an opening round of 82 with a battling two-over 74 to edge into the matchplay on twelve-over.

Galway’s Liam Nolan carded a sensational second round of 65 to lead the Irish men’s effort as the qualified in a share of 7th place.

It was a tight squeeze for his compatriots with Carton House’s Marc Boucher carding rounds of 73 and 74 to qualify in a share of 47th place, three shots above the cut mark.

Two shots further back were Rob Brazill, Richard Knightly and Sean Keeling the latter who will face Nolan in an all Irish clash in the round of 64.

Keeling has enjoyed great success in Spain over the winter and spring winning three times on Spanish soil.

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