Stunning round of 65 leaves Walsh in position for top 10 finish in Switzerland

Conor Cantwell

Lauren Walsh (Photo by Amy Lemus/NurPhoto)

A stunning round of 65 by Lauren Walsh on day two of the Ladies European Tour VP Bank Swiss Open leaves the Irishwoman tied for ninth, six shots off the lead set by Norwegian Madelene Stavnar.

Stavnar finished the second round on 12-under-par overall after a round of 66, giving her a two-stroke cushion over the pair of Round 1 leader, Ann-Charlotte Mora and Germany’s Alexandra Fosterling.

Lauren Walsh began her second round steadily as she parred the first four holes of the round before making moves up the leaderboard. Then came the first bunch of three consecutive birdies of her round – making up shots on the fifth, sixth and seventh holes.


A bogey on the ninth dampened the mood ever so slightly after a strong performance across the first nine holes, but the young Irishwoman began the back nine two-under-par and with a head of steam.

Walsh began her back nine similarly to her front nine with a group of early pars bringing her to the 13th tee, where again the Castlewarden golfer began to show her class.

Three consecutive birdies on the 13th, 14th and 15th sent Walsh soaring up the leaderboard onto five-under-par. A bogey on the 16th momentarily dropped her to four-under-par but a pair of birdies to finish capped off a sensational day for the young Irishwoman.

Walsh’s round of 65 was matched only by Germany’s Sophie Witt who is three shots ahead of the LET debutant, as the pair recorded the joint-best round of the day.

Olivia Mehaffey’s hopes of securing an LET tour card for the upcoming season have taken a significant blow as the Northern Irishwoman slumped to a six-over-par round of 77, missing the cut on a score of +10.

Clubhouse leader Madelene Stavnar played a magnificent round today, shooting five-under-par for the day and recording zero bogeys as she made her way to the leaderboard’s summit.

After an impressive blemish-free second round, the Norwegian talked about her thoughts on her opening two rounds as well as how she felt heading into the final few holes having not dropped a single shot that round.

“It’s been great,” said Stanvar, “It’s been my best two rounds in a long time so I’m just trying my best to enjoy it and hopefully get another good round in tomorrow.”

“I did think about [not having any bogeys] on 17. I was like ‘Have I even had a bogey yet?’ But it helped I guess because I made two birdies to finish.”

Irish eyes will be firmly fixed on Lauren Walsh tomorrow as she gets her final round underway alongside Englishwoman Liz Young and France’s Nastasia Nadaud (tee-off at 11:24 a.m.)

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