Beth Coulter will need something special if she is to lift silverware on Saturday after she struggled in her third round of the European Nations Championship at Real Club de Golf Sotogrande.
The Kirkistown star slumped to a six-over 78 to fall back to plus eleven and six shots adrift of Paula Sampedro Martin.
Sampedro Martin holds a two-shot lead over Czech woman Agata Vahalova who shot the low round of the day with a 69 and Germany’s Helen Briem.
Coulter lies in seventh place after a difficult back nine potentially put paid to her chances.
The teenager started well with a birdie on the second and recovered from back to back bogeys with a birdie on the 6th.
A bogey on 7 and a double-bogey six on the 9th left her on the ropes as she turned in 39 before she compounded that with a seven on the par-5 12th. A bogey on 15 followed as she came home in 39.
Kate Lanigan and Aideen Walsh also struggled on day three with Lanigan firing a nine-over 81 to leave the Hermitage golfer on twenty-six-over while Lahinch’s Walsh is three shots further back on +29 after an eight-over 80.
It’s as you were in the men’s section as Spain’s Jaime Montojo Fernandez holds a two-shot lead heading into the final round on three-under despite a three-over 75.
His countryman Luis Maseveau is alongside Denmark’s Hamish Brown on one-under in second place. Scoring proved tough with only one player shooting an under-par round which came from Jack Ingham who fired a two-under 70.
Castle golfer Robert Moran is fourteen shots adrift on eleven-over after a four-over 76 leaving him in a share of eleventh place.
It was a rather uneventful round for the Dubliner who carded four bogeys and fourteen pars in a lacklustre day.
Galway’s Liam Nolan is three shots further back on fourteen-over after a three-over 75 that included three birdies and six bogeys while Hugh Foley of Royal Dublin is on sixteen-over after a third round 77.
Irish Amateur and Close champion Peter O’Keeffe rounds off the Irish challenge on nineteen-over after a best of the week 77. It was a rollercoaster round for the Douglas native who peppered his card with three birdies but also threw in a triple-bogey eight on the 12th.
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