Portuguese International Ladies Amateur Open

Mehaffey and Dunne make the cut in Portugal

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

Mehaffey and Dunne make the cut in Portugal

Ryan on the rise after Portugal challenge

She might have fallen back over the last two rounds but Castletroy's Chloe Ryan will still make a positive move in the world rankings following her share of 15th spot in the 85th Portuguese International Ladies Amateur Championship at Montado Golf Hotel.

Ryan on the rise after Portugal challenge

Sensational Doyle seventh in Portugal

The Heath's Mary Doyle carded the low round of the day — a three under par 69 — to claim a share of seventh place in the Portuguese International Ladies Amateur Open in Lisbon.

Sensational Doyle seventh in Portugal

O'Driscoll tied third in Portugal after sizzling 68

Ballybunion's Emma O'Driscoll fired a super 68 to go into today's final round of the Portuguese International Ladies Amateur Championship in a five-way tie for third place.

O'Driscoll tied third in Portugal after sizzling 68

Late birdie denies Leona Maguire in Portugal

Roberta Roeller of Germany held off a final round challenge by defending champion Leona Maguire to win the Portuguese Ladies Amateur Open by three shots.Defending champion Leona Maguire produced a dramatic final round charge before being forced to settle for second place in the Portuguese Ladies Amateur Championship.

The 17-year old from Slieve Russell was eight strokes behind eventual winner Roberta Roeller in joint second place with a round to go at Montado Golf Resort near Lisbon but went to the last just one behind.

Leona Maguire 8 behind in Portugal

Leona Maguire left with Louise Mernagh centre and sister Lisa right on the 18th tee during Tuesday’s practice round. Picture courtesy ilgu.ieDefending champion Leona Maguire fell eight shots behind runaway leader Rebecca Roeller of Germany entering the final round of the Portuguese Ladies Amateur Open in Lisbon.

The 17-year old fired a level par 72 to move up to joint second place at Montado Golf Resort but Roeller hit a two under par 70 to lead on six under par.

As twin sister Lisa hit a 70 in cold and damp conditions to move up to fourth, nine shots off the pace, Leona got off to a poor start when her opening tee shot ricocheted off the branch of a tree and out of bounds.

Leona Maguire six off the lead in Portugal

Leona MaguireDefending champion Leona Maguire is six shots off the pace at the halfway stage of the Portuguese Ladies Amateur at Montado Golf Resort near Lisbon.

The 17-year old from Slieve Russell posted a two-over par 74 on a bright and breezy day, reaching the turn in level par before the wind strengthened on the tougher inward nine.

Her sister Lisa played well but was left to rue double bogeys at her first and last holes as she posted a frustrating 76 to finish the second round nine strokes behind Germany’s Rebecca Roeller, who leads the field by four after adding a 74 to her opening 66.

Meadow and Maguire twins named in Curtis Cup squad

Stephanie Meadow with her former coach Han Hankey. Pic courtesy www.ijga.comStephanie Meadow has been named alongside twins Lisa and Leona Maguire in the 12-strong Great Britain & Ireland preliminary squad for the 37th Curtis Cup match against the United States at The Nairn Golf Club from June 8-10.

Maguire twins hit the ladies tour in Portugal

Leona Maguire is used to rubbing shoulders with the top pros. Picture hered with Graeme McDowell during the 2008 Ryder Cup at Valhalla. Credit: golffile.ieTeen twins Leona and Lisa Maguire will be gunning for glory on Ladies European Tour today.

Leona, 16, was invited to play in the ISPS Handa Portugal Ladies Open at Campo Real near Lisbon as the reigning Portuguese Ladies Amateur Open champion.

But the Cavan sensation also succeeded in getting an invitation for her twin sister Lisa for what will be their fourth start in a professional tour event.