Ross and Grant head Irish challenge in Portugal
 West Cliffs

West Cliffs

Ireland's Jessica Ross and Paula Grant are just three shots off the lead after the opening round of the 88th Portuguese International Ladies Amateur Championship.

The Irish internationals carded three-over 75s at West Cliffs north of Lisbon as Romy Meekers of the Netherlands and England's Isobel Wardle posted 72s to lead on level par.

Meekers and Wardle lead by one from the Czech Republic's Jana Melichova, Spain's Dimana Viudes Emilova, Italy's Clara Manzalini and Scotland's Chloe Goadby.

Grant was third in the South American Amateur Championship in Argentina in his last start and did well to shoot three-over as she was five-over with six holes to play before picking up two shots on West Cliffs' front nine.

Ireland lie second in the Nations Cup, three strokes behind Spain A after Annabel Wilson, set to attend UCLA in 2019, shot a 78.

Killarney's Valerie Clancy did not have much luck and posted two quadruple bogeys in an 11-over 83.

88th Portuguese International Ladies Amateur Championship, West Cliffs (Par 72)

Detailed scores

Portuguese International Ladies Amateur Champ.
1Romy MeekersNEDPAR72
2Isobel WardleENGPAR72
3Jana MelichovaCZE+173
4Dimana Viudes EmilovaESP+173
5Clara ManzaliniITA+173
6Chloe GoadbySCO+173
7Puk Lyng ThomsenDEN+274
8Paula KirnerGER+274
9Franziska SliperNOR+274
10Gemma BattySCO+274
11Elena Arias QuirosESP+274
12Laura Pasalodos BarceloESP+274
13Emilie Alba PaltrinieriITA+375
14Jessica RossIRL+375
18Paula GrantIRL+375
43Annabel WilsonIRL+678
62Valerie ClancyIRL+1183