Wilson & Grant head Irish Challenge in Portugal

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Lurgan’s Annabel Wilson and Lisburn’s Paula Grant lead the Irish Challenge after day two of the 88th Portuguese International Ladies Amateur Championship at West Cliffs.

The pair share 14th spot on twelve over par with two others as players struggled across the board on a brutally tough second day.

Grant added a round of 81 to her opening 75 while Wilson carded her second successive 78 of the championship, the duo currently sit nine shots off the lead and will have to play well to catch Scot, Chloe Goadby, who holds a two shot lead at the top on three over par.

The news wasn’t so good for Clandeboye’s Jessica Ross. After opening with a fine 75, Ross came unstuck in round two as she fell down the leaderboard with a disappointing 86.

Killarney’s Valerie Clancy also struggled, adding an 86 to her opening 83.

To give you an indication of just how tough the players are finding it, an opening day 72 from England’s Isobel Wardle remains the best score after 36 holes. In these conditions, and with the relative experience of Grant and Wilson, it really is all to play for on the seaside links over the next two days.

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