Gleeson and Grant head Irish challenge in Buenos Aires
 Paula Grant. Picture:  AAG

Paula Grant. Picture: AAG

Castle's Alex Gleeson and Lisburn's Paula Grant lead the Irish challenge for the South American Amateur Championship in Argentina.

 Alex Gleeson. Picture: AAG

Alex Gleeson. Picture: AAG

Gleeson, Irish Close champion in 2016, shot a second successive 70 at Martindale Country Club on the outskirts of Buenos Aires to move up from 10th to tied third on four-over-par, just four strokes behind Canada's Chris Crisolologo, who went out in six-under 30 en route to a bogey-free 64.

Robin Dawson double bogeyed the par-three 15th and posted a 74 to fall 11 spots on the leaderboard to tied 21st on level par.

It was a positive day for Grant, who arrived in Argentina without her clubs or her suitcase.

The clubs were left behind in Heathrow and the case went to Chile but after opening with a 76, she followed up with a level par 72 on Sunday to move up 29 places to tied 13th on four-over-par.

She seven strokes behind co-leaders Maria Serrano from Colombia (70 71) and Peru's Luisamariana Mesones (70 71).

Lurgan's Annabel Wilson shot 80 and is tied for 23rd on eight-over par.

South American Amateur Open Championship, Martindale Country Club (Par 72)

Tee Times

Men

Detailed scores

1 CAN Chris CRISOLOGO -8 72 64 136
2 ECU Rafael MIRANDA -6 70 68 138
3 IRL Alex GLEESON -4 70 70 140
3 ARG Horacio CARBONETTI -4 68 72 140
3 MEX Aaron TERRAZAS -4 68 72 140
6 ENG Jack GAUNT -3 72 69 141
6 ARG Mateo FERNANDEZ DE OLIVEIRA -3 71 70 141
6 USA Matt PARZIALE -3 71 70 141
6 PRT Pedro LENCART SILVA -3 71 70 141
6 PAR Gustavo SILVERO M -3 68 73 141
11 ARG Vicente MARZILIO -2 72 70 142
11 NZL Henry SPRING -2 72 70 142
11 ARG Lucas CENA -2 71 71 142
11 ENG Andrew WILSON -2 71 71 142
11 NZL Charlie HILLIER -2 70 72 142
11 ARG Andres SCHONBAUM -2 70 72 142
11 COL Pablo Andres TORRES -2 68 74 142
11 ARG Alejandro TOSTI -2 67 75 142
19 SCO Euan WALKER -1 71 72 143
19 COL Jose Mario VEGA -1 71 72 143
21 ARG Joaquin LUDUENA Par 74 70 144
21 PER Luis Fernando BARCO LEON Par 73 71 144
21 ARG Andres GALLEGOS Par 71 73 144
21 IRL Robin DAWSON Par 70 74 144
21 VEN Manuel TORRES Par 70 74 144
21 USA Scott HARVEY Par 68 76 144

Women

Detailed scores

1 COL Maria C SERRANO -3 70 71 141
1 PER Luisamariana MESONES -3 70 71 141
3 COL Silvia M. GARCES -2 68 74 142
4 PAR Milagros CHAVES -1 71 72 143
5 CAN Celeste DAO Par 72 72 144
5 ENG Emma ALLEN Par 72 72 144
5 ARG Ayelen IRIZAR Par 72 72 144
5 PER Daniela BALLESTEROS Par 70 74 144
5 MEX Isabella FIERRO Par 69 75 144
10 SCO Hannah McCOOK +1 72 73 145
10 SCO Shannon Stevie McWILLIAM +1 68 77 145

13 IRL Paula GRANT +4 76 72 148
23 IRL Annabel WILSON +8 72 80 152