Mehaffey our best in Slovakia; Coulter contending in Norway
Olivia Mehaffey

Olivia Mehaffey

Olivia Mehaffey is ten shots behind Spain's Celia Barquin heading into the final round of the European Ladies' Amateur Championship in  Slovakia.

She shot a one-under 71 on day three at Penati Golf Resort where thunderstorms skirt the venue but did not disrupt play.

The electrics all came from Barquin who carded a course-record, bogey-free, nine-under 63 to take a two-shot lead over halfway leader Esther Henseleit (70) into the final day.

Three players are tied for third place on nine-under-par, Marina Escobar, Alessia Nobilio, and Frida Kinhult, while defending champion, Agathe Laisne, is six shots off the pace on seven-under-par in sixth.

The winner will earn an invitation to the 2019 Ricoh Women's British Open.

European Ladies´Amateur Championship, Penati Golf Resort; Heritage Course


1 BARQUIN, Celia Golf Municipal De Llanes -14  69 71 63 203
2 HENSELEIT, Esther Hamburger Golfclub -12  64 71 70 205
3 KINHULT, Frida Skaftö Golfklubb -9  66 73 68 207

T11 MEHAFFEY, Olivia Royal County Down -4  70 71 71 212
T18 WILSON, Annabel Lurgan Golf Club -2  71 75 67 213
T33 MCCARTHY, Julie Forrest Little +2  72 74 71 217
T56 GRANT, Paula Lisburn +11  72 74 75 78 299
MC ROSS, Jessica Clandeboye +9 75 77 73 225

Coulter contending in European Young Masters 

Kirkistown Castle's Beth Coulter is just three shots off the lead heading into the final round of the girls' event in the European Young Masters at Hauger Golfklubb in Norway.

She shot a one-under 71 to sit alone with third spot behind England's Caitlin Whitehead, leads by a shot on four-under from Sweden's Ester Fagersten.

Keaton Morrison is the best of the Irish in the Boys event on eight over, one shot better than Joseph Byrne on eight over.

Portugal's Pedro Cruz leads on four-under.

T26 MORRISON, Keaton +8  76 76 152
T31 BYRNE, Joseph +9  78 73 151

3 COULTER, Beth -1  71 72 143
35 DONEGAN, Aine +2  86 78 164