Hannah McCook is looking for her second win in as many weeks with a one shot lead in the final round of the Irish Women’s Open Stroke Play Championship at County Louth.
The recent Welsh Women’s Open Champion followed Friday's 81 with a 5 under par 69 on Saturday, which included six birdies and an eagle at the par-5 3rd hole.
“I hit it into 10 feet on the 2nd and just missed for eagle, so following it up by hitting it close again on the 3rd and managing to hole that one was nice,” explained the past Stirling University Scholar.
“I hit it really close again then on 4 and 5 to go 5 under through 5 holes and was thinking to myself, OK Hannah, calm down now!”
Following a minor spill on the 387yard 8th, McCook birdied the 9th, 13th and 14th to get back to 5 under and equal the best score of the day alongside Anna Foster (Elm Park).
“The birdies on 13 and 14 were both down to really good iron shots, I hit it into a couple feet both times. Winning last week has given me a huge boost so I am just riding the wave now and we will see what happens.”
Paula Grant, who led alongside Lauren Murray after day one, now finds herself tied for third position despite a level par round today:
“I actually found it difficult to club myself compared to having to consider the strong winds in the first round, I just made a couple of silly mistakes and missed greens in the wrong place making it hard to get up and down, but still a lot to play for tomorrow.”
With tee times starting at 8am on Sunday, the final group of McCook, Meekers and Lewis will tee off at 11.24am.
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