Wilson heads Irish challenge at Ladies British Amateur

Bernie McGuire
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Lurgan’s Anabel Wilson heads the Irish challenge after day one of the 115th Ladies British Open Amateur Championship at Hillside.

The teenager carded a plus two round of 74 to sit six shots behind France’s Elodie Chapelet at the top of the leaderboard.

Unfortunately it was a disappointing opening for Ireland’s other five raiders as Olivia Mehaffey (RCDL), Mairead Martin (Kanturk), Jessica Ross (Clandeboye) and Sinead Sexton (Lahinch) all shot six-over 78s while Lisburn’s Paula Grant was one shot worse off after a 79 to start.

144 competitors from 23 countries teed it up with the 36-hole cut currently sitting at the plus five mark. Ireland’s hopefuls will know that there’s much to do today to ensure they advance alongside the other top-64 who will challenge for the coveted title in the Matchplay stages and you can follow their progress at www.RandA.org.

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