Clews and Dunne tied at the top at Co Louth

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First round leader Maria Dunne got off to s slow start  today as she dropped a shot on her opening hole, drawing her level with playing partner Gemma Clews of England.

Dunne carded 5 birdies in her following 17 holes, however 3 more blemishes and a 5 on the difficult par 3 5th hole would leave her 1 over for the day and 8 under par total. Clews, who was one behind Dunne after 18 holes carded a level par 75 to tie for the lead. “I’ve played in this event quite a few times, it’s always good to be here. I finished level today with a bit of a dodgy finish dropping two in the last three holes but the course is good and is playing tough today, the wind got up and it was a different wind to yesterday as well which made a difference,” commented Gemma.

Clews, who emerged victorious at the Welsh Ladies Open Championship last week is quietly confident heading into tomorrow’s final round, “my all round game is pretty good, I’m controlling my ball pretty well, especially off the tee. Hopefully I can use a bit of confidence from last week and keep doing what I’m doing really.”


Georgia Price and Louisa Brunt, both from England, carded the lowest rounds of the day, a pair of 3 under par 72’s.  Price was delighted with her score which puts her in contention, 4 shots off the lead: “It was tough today, it was demanding especially with the wind how it was today, steady golf is good around here.” Course strategy was key for the Englishwoman, “I planned to take some of the trouble out of play which I think was important, because on some of the holes there were bunkers in play that you didn’t even have to think about yesterday, you had to think a lot more out there today.”

Gemma Clews (ENG) on the 13th during the 3rd round of the ​Irish Women's Open Stroke Play Championship, Co Louth Golf Club, Baltray, Co Louth, Ireland. 13/05/2017. Picture: Golffile | Fran Caffrey

Best of the Irish scores in round 2 came from Ciara Casey (Hermitage) who added a 1 under 74 to her opening 76. “I was 5 under through 14 and bogeyed the last 4 but it’s still a good score and there are a lot of good positives to take out of the day and it won’t leave me in a bad position coming into Sunday.”

The final round will begin at 8.00am on Sunday morning with the final group of Dunne, Clews and Bailey teeing off at 10.50am.

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