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Northern Ireland will have three representatives in the match play stage of the Women's Amateur Championship at West Lancashire after an excellent qualifying day

Northern Ireland will have three representatives in the match play stage of the Women's Amateur Championship at West Lancashire after an excellent qualifying day

Northern Ireland will have three representatives in the match play stage of the Women's Amateur Championship at West Lancashire after an excellent qualifying day

Northern Ireland will have three representatives in the match play stage of the Women's Amateur Championship at West Lancashire after an excellent qualifying day.

Paula Grant (Lisburn), Jessica Ross (Clandeboye) and Beth Coulter (Kirkistown Castle) all finished inside the top 64 in the 18-hole stroke play qualifier yesterday - reduced from 36 holes after Storm Francis swept in on Tuesday - to progress.

Grant was among the best finishers, her level-par 72 seeing her finish in a tie for sixth and making her one of the top seeds going into the knockout ties, which start today.

Ross, the best ranked of the Ulster trio in the amateur world rankings, finished on three over, while Coulter was a shot further back at four over.

At the men's Amateur Championship at Royal Birkdale, both Tom McKibbin (Holywood) and Matthew McClean (Malone) are into the match play section after finishing inside the top 64 in their stroke play qualifier.

McKibbin shot a two-over-par 73 in his round, while McClean snuck in right on the cut mark after a five-over 76.

Also making the cut for the match play were Irish quartet Mark Power (Kilkenny), Robert Moran (Castle), Marc Boucher (Carton House) and Rowan Lester (Hermitage).

Belfast Telegraph