Maria Dunne through to matchplay in Spanish Ladies Amateur
Maria Dunne

Maria Dunne

Maria Dunne qualified for Friday’s matchplay stages of the Spanish Ladies International Amateur Open at Club de Golf Escorpión in Valencia.

The Skerries international added a six over 78 to her opening 72 to make the 32 qualifiers with a shot to spare on six over 150.

As Paula Grant rallied to 67th on 157 after a 73, Jessica Ross finished on 158 after an 80 and Chloe Ryan was 94th after a 79.

Spain’s Maria Parra topped the qualifiers on two under 142 after a 70, finishing one shot clear of Germany’s Esther Henseleit, Mathilda Cappeliez of France and Spain’s Ana Peláez .

Parra, the reigning European champion and world No 3, is hoping to add to wins already this year in the  Copa de Andalucía and the Internacional de Portugal.

She will face Italy’s Emilie Palatrinieri in the first round while Dunne will take on Pauline Roussin-Bouchard of France, who qualified in fifth place after rounds of 74 and 70.

While Dunne qualified well, there were several surprises with Switzerland’s Albane Valenzuela, the lowest handicapper in the field off plus 4.5, missing out on countback as did Austria’s Emma Spitz, winner of the individual title in Sotogrande last week.