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Jordan Hood. Photo: Pat Cashman

Jordan Hood. Photo: Pat Cashman

Jordan Hood. Photo: Pat Cashman

The threat of thunder and lightning on the west coast saw the first day of match play at the South of Ireland Amateur Open heavily disrupted, with only a small handful of the 16 second round ties being completed yesterday afternoon at Lahinch.

A three-and-a-half hour delay due to the dangerous weather means the remaining second round ties will be completed this morning before the tournament gets back on schedule.

In the action that was completed, six Ulster players progressed to the last-32 from the morning’s first round and most of them are well-placed ahead of the resumption of play in Co Clare this morning.

Galgorm Castle’s Jordan Hood is the only Ulster player to have already booked his place in the third round as he defeated Powerscourt’s David Shiel 4&3 in the first round and then returned after the delay to dispatch Portmarnock’s Cathal Nolan by the same score in the last-32.

Joshua Hill, Hood’s fellow club man and the leading Ulster qualifier after the stroke play, is well placed to join him in the last-16 after leading Ulster Stroke Play champion Robert Moran at the turn, having seen off Rosslare’s Mark Mullen in the last-64.

It looks good for the other Ulstermen too, with Ireland international Matthew McClean (Malone), Hugh O’Hare (Fortwilliam) and Aaron Marshall (Lisburn) all leading their last-32 ties, although Kyle McCarron (North West) trails Peter O’Keeffe.

Leading qualifier Max Kennedy (Royal Dublin) has already joined Hood in today’s third round after defeating Jake Foley (Elm Park) and Eoin Sullivan (Carton House), but there was a shock in the first round as second seed Thomas O’Connor (Athlone) was eliminated by Thomas Plunkett (Crover House).

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The remaining ties will be completed this morning, with the third round and the quarter-finals following in the afternoon.

Meanwhile, Kirkistown Castle’s Beth Coulter will head into the final day of the European Ladies’ Amateur Championship in a tie for 18th on level-par.

The 17-year-old carded three birdies and four bogeys in a one-over 73 in her third round at Royal Park I Roveri in Italy which leaves her eight shots behind leader Sara Kjellker but still in the mix to record a strong finish.

The Swede fired a 72 in the third round to maintain her lead at eight-under, however it has been cut from three shots to one after fellow countywomen, Ingrid Lindblad and Beatrice Wallin, shot rounds of 69 and 70 respectively to trail her by one shot going into the final round.


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