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Coulter and Wilson lead Ireland to Euro quarters

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Annabel Wilson. Credit: Pat Cashman

Annabel Wilson. Credit: Pat Cashman

Annabel Wilson. Credit: Pat Cashman

Ulster’s Beth Coulter and Annabel Wilson both shot one-over 74s on day two of the stroke play qualifying to help Ireland into the quarter-finals of the European Team Championships at Royal County Down as second seeds.

The hosts will face seventh seeds Italy in today’s last-eight tie, which will consist of two foursomes matches followed by five singles matches, after finishing 18 over as a team for the two stroke play rounds, with Coulter (Kirkistown Castle) 12th in the individual scoring at two over out of 114 players, while Wilson (Lurgan) was 48th at seven over.

Scotland will be overwhelming favourites to go all the way and win after finishing top of the stroke play qualifying — a staggering 10 shots better than second-placed Ireland — with Hannah Darling taking the medal for the best individual score in the stroke play at nine under.

However, at the men’s event at PGA Catalunya, Ireland dropped into Flight B of the match play where they will face Iceland after finishing bottom of the qualifying standings, with Malone’s Matthew McClean contributing a five-over 76 on day two.

At the Senior Amateur Championship at Ganton, Banbridge’s Jim Carvill is two shots off the lead at the halfway stage at six over, with three players tied for the lead at four over, while Royal Belfast’s Max Carson is tied for second at the Connacht Boys’ Open with one round to play but is five shots back of runaway leader Gavin O’Neill (Malahide).

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