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Inconsistent Olivia Mehaffey needs to up her game for tilt at title



In contention: Olivia Mehaffey

In contention: Olivia Mehaffey

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In contention: Olivia Mehaffey

Royal County Down star Olivia Mehaffey remains in contention at the European Ladies' Amateur Championship at Lausanne, Switzerland - but must up her game to challenge for the title.

After opening with a one-over 73, the Arizona State University star made three birdies and two bogeys for a 71 yesterday.

That leaves her on level-par 144 at the halfway stage, seven shots behind leaders Albane Valenzuela (Switzerland) and Zhen Bontan (Netherlands).

Clandeboye's Jessica Ross faces a decisive third round to make the top 60 and ties to avoid today's cut after carding 73, which leaves her on three-over par, one shot ahead of the current cut mark.

Meanwhile, Michael Hoey is on course to miss the cut at the European Open after an opening seven-over-par 79 left him 13 shots behind leader Richard McEvoy.

And elsewhere, John Ross Galbraith has been offered a spot in this year's Northern Ireland Open at Galgorm Manor.

The event gets under way on August 10.

Belfast Telegraph