Walsh keeps her Irish Women’s Amateur hopes alive with late birdies

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Aideen Walsh (Photo by Harriet Lander/R&A via Getty Images)

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Lahinch’s Aideen Walsh birdied three of her last five holes to ensure she didn’t play herself out of the mix on the opening day of the Flogas Irish Women’s and Girls’ Amateur Open Championship.

Birdies on 14, 16 and 17 salvaged a one-over 75 to leave Walsh six shots off the early lead set by Wales’ Luca Thompson. She made the turn in one-over-par but began to struggle with three bogeys in four holes to open her back nine.

“Those late birdies were very needed alright, I had a solid front nine then struggled a bit around the turn and needed those three late birdies,” explained Walsh. “There are chances late on with three par fives in a row so birdied two of them and made a five footer on 17 so happy with that.

“It’s still early days so it’s a solid first round there are good scores out there.”

It’s exactly one month since Walsh last hit a golf shot in competition at the Euro Nations Cup but she is delighted to be back playing as she prepares for a hectic month in June.

“I took a bit of a break over the last three weeks so it’s nice to get back into it. June is really busy I have three events in a row so I was using this week to get back into the swing of things and see where my game is at.

“It’s great to be playing, the course is unbelievable, we played the Scratch Cup here in March and it’s mad to see how different it’s playing the ball is bouncing but it’s in great condition.”

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