Brave back nine keeps Walsh in touch at LET Access Series

John Craven

Lauren Walsh (Photo by Amy Lemus/NurPhoto)

Castlewarden’s Lauren Walsh had to dig deep on the back nine to keep her winning hopes alive on day two of the Links Series at Ramside Hall.

Enjoying the overnight lead heading into the second round, Walsh got off to a disastrous start with four bogeys in her first five holes before making the turn with one more dropped shot in an outward half of 42.

However, it was definitely a tale of two nines for Walsh who rebounded brilliantly with birdies at 11, 14 and 17 to come home bogey-free in 33 and sign for a two-over 75, not what the former Wake Forest star wanted but not fatal either to her hopes of a big week.


Walsh heads into Friday’s final round in a share of seventh place at two-under, albeit six shot back from England’s Lianna Bailey who holds the lead atop the board at eight-under par.

Regardless of what happens on the final day, it’s already been an extremely productive LET Access Series debut for Walsh who only turned professional last month, missing the cut on her LPGA Tour debut at last week’s Dana Open, another experience that will undoubtedly stand her in good stead in the weeks and months ahead.

Having risen to as high as 10th in the amateur world rankings, Walsh, a two-time Curtis Cup player, turned to the paid ranks with a lofty reputation and it’s great to see she’s already making her presence felt.

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