Mehaffey and Dunne make the cut in Portugal
 Maria Dunne. Picture: ILGU

Maria Dunne. Picture: ILGU

Olivia Mehaffey and Maria Dunne were the only Irish players to make the cut in the Portuguese International Ladies Amateur Championship near Lisbon.

As Spaniard Maria Parra added a 69 to previous rounds of 66 and 68 to lead by five shots on 13 under par from Swiss star Albane Valenzuela (68) and by 11 from France’s Emma Grechi (71), world No 11  Mehaffey moved up to 10th.

The Royal County Down star posted a one over 73 for a share of 10th on three over par

Skerries favourite Dunne made a two at the 18th to make the cut with a second successive 75 for  37th spot on eight over.

The rest of the Irish missed out with Jessica Ross (Donaghadee) one shot outside the mark after a third successive 75 in 41st. 

Forrest Little’s Julie McCarthy (74) and Killarney’s Mairead Martin (73) found form but had too many shots to make up in order to make the cut. 

Martin had a very interesting round which included six bogeys, five birdies and seven pars. 

Lahinch’s Sinead Sexton (82), Lisburn’s Paula Grant (75) and Castletroy’s Chloe Ryan (78) also ended up with the final round off while Mary Doyle retired.

86th Portuguese International Ladies Amateur Championship

Detailed scores

  • 1 Maria Parra ESP -13 203 66 68 69   
  • 2 Albane Valenzuela SUI -8 208 70 70 68   
  • 3 Emma Grechi FRA -2 214 73 70 71   
  • 4 Frida Kinhult SWE -1 215 72 75 68   
  • 5 Puk Lyng Thomsen DEN -1 215 72 70 73   
  • 6 Roos Haarman NED -1 215 70 73 72   
  • 7 Esther Henseleit GER PAR 216 72 68 76   
  • 8 Lucrezia Colombotto Rosso ITA +1 217 71 73 73   
  • 9 Alessia Nobilio ITA +1 217 71 73 73   
  • 10 Olivia Mehaffey IRL +3 219 75 71 73
  • 37 Maria Dunne IRL +8 224 74 75 75   

Missed Cut

  • 225 Jessica Ross 75 75 75
  • 226 Julie McCarthy 77 75 74
  • 230 Mairead Martin 77 80 73
  • 231 Sinead Sexton 77 72 82
  • 232 Paula Grant 80 77 75
  • 232 Chloe Ryan 75 79 78
  • RT Mary Doyle 81 90 RET