Slow start for Ireland in International European Ladies' Amateur
 Paula Grant (Lisburn) during the Irish Women's Open Strokeplay Championship at Douglas in May. Picture by  Pat Cashman

Paula Grant (Lisburn) during the Irish Women's Open Strokeplay Championship at Douglas in May. Picture by Pat Cashman

Ireland's top women are well off the pace in the International European Ladies' Amateur Championship at Murhof in Austria.

As India's Aditi Ashok added a four under 68 to her opening 67 to lead by a shot on nine under from Spanish pair Ana Pelaez (71-65) and Nuria Itturios (70-66), Olivia Mehaffey is the best of the Irish on three over.

Olivia is tied for 47th after rounds of 70 and 77 with Paula Grant (77 72) tied 67th on five over and Castletroy's Chloe Ryan (74 76) a shot further back on six over.

Skerries' Maria Dunne (79 74) birdied her final hole to finish on nine over with Mary Doyle (82 80) back on 162. 

Scoreboard

The top sixty plus ties will play the final round of 18 holes on Saturday.