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Ulster duo Meadow and Maguire fighting to make the weekend at US Women's Open

Stephanie Meadow is two shots off the cut mark after her opening round at the US Open.
Stephanie Meadow is two shots off the cut mark after her opening round at the US Open.
Gareth Hanna

By Gareth Hanna

Ulster pair Stephanie Meadow and Leona Maguire are both in with a chance of making the cut at this week's US Women's Open.

The second major of the season is being played at Country Club of Charleston with a fierce Friday fight to make the top 60 ahead of both local hopefuls.

Meadow, who finished third in the 2014 US Open, is just two shots off the cut line after a three over par opening round 74.

The Jordanstown girl, starting at the 10th, was one over at the turn after a steady eight pars and solitary drop shot on her opening nine holes.

However, she faced a real fight when she dropped another three shots on the first six holes of her back nine.

The day, at least, had a positve ending with a birdie at the par five ninth to leave Meadow in 82nd, setting up a second round rally to make the cut.

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Leona Maguire carded a four over par opening round at the US Open.

Cavan girl Maguire, who won the 36 hole qualifier earlier this month, is one shot worse off at four over par after a topsy-turvy opening round.

A double bogey at the second was followed by a further drop shot at the sixth before birdies on two of the front nine's final three holes left her just one over par.

It was to be a disappointing back nine however, featuring six pars and three more bogeys, leaving Maguire needing a better round to make it through to the weekend.

Meadow is off at 7.24pm BST in round two while Maguire tees off at 12.44pm BST alongside English legend Laura Davies.

Japan's Mamiko Higa is in the lead after a flawless six under par 65, with Germany's Esther Henseleit and American amateur Gina Kim a shot back.

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