Walsh closes to within five ahead of Rose Ladies Open final round

Mark McGowan

Lauren Walsh at the NCAAs (Photo by Justin Tafoya/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)

A two-under-par round of 70 saw Lauren Walsh make strides up the leaderboard at the LET Access Series’ Rose Ladies Open at Brocket Hall’s The Melbourne Club.

An opening two-over 74 that saw the fledgling Castlewarden professional go three-over through three meant that she had work to do to ensure she’d make the 36-hole cut in the 54-hole event, but birdies at two, four and eight was the ideal way to start her second round and saw her move to -1 and within four strokes of the lead at the time.

She couldn’t quite maintain the momentum on the back nine, and bogeys at 10 and 12 brought the cutline back into the rearview mirror, though it was always likely to stretch out to three or four-over. She’d hold firm from 13 through 17 before signing off with a birdie-four that brought her back to level-par for the tournament and she’d end the day tied for 16th and five strokes back.


And Walsh will be the only Irish representative in tomorrow’s final round after Abigail O’Riordan and Victoria Craig both missed the cut.

Switzerland’s Chiara Tamburlini shot a four-under 68 to move to the head of the pack and, at -5, she enjoys a two-stroke lead over fellow Swiss Elena Moosmann and Scotland’s Hazel MacGarvie.

Walsh will get her final round underway at 10:40 am in the ninth-to-last group and is targeting as high a finish as possible as she looks to play her way onto the LET having just missed out on Epson Tour (the LPGA feeder Tour) qualification at last month’s LPGA Tour Q-School in the United States.


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