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Saturday, January 31, 2009

Rhian seventh, Kylie
ninth as Portuguese
championship is cut
to three rounds

The 79th Portuguese women's open amateur championship has been reduced from four rounds to 54 holes following the loss of Friday's play because of flooding at the Quinta do Peru course near Lisbon.
Leading British or Irish player after Saturday's second round is Rhian Wyn Thomas (Vale of Glamorgan) whose last competitive event was the Ladies European Tour Qualifying School at La Manga.
Rhian, pictured, has scored 77 and 75 for a two-round tally of eight-over-par 152. She birdied the eighth today but dropped shots at the fourth, 10th, 17th and 18th. The late, back-to-back bogeys were costly because they dropped her down from sixth place.
Kylie Walker (Buchanan Castle), the only Scot in the field and another player who has gone to Portugal from failure to win LET status at the Q School, dropped down to a share of ninth place with scores of 76 and 77.
St Rule Trophy winner Kylie has had only one birdie in 36 holes - at the 12th today. She dropped shots at the second, third, fifth, ninth, 11th and 13th in halves of 40 and 37.
In this championship last year, won by Spain's Carlota Ciganda, who enrolled at Arizona State University earlier this month, Kylie finished seventh. To equal or better than performance will be the red-head's target in Sunday's third and final round.
French players are occupying first and second places ahead of the demoted first-round leader, Lara Katzy (Germany).
Lucie Andre is now in the pole position on level par 144 with a pair of 72s. She leads by two from compatriot Rosanna Crepiat.
Par 144 (2 x 72)
144 Lucie Andre (Fra) 72 72 (36-36).
146 Rosanne Crepiat (Fra) 74 72 (38-34).
147 Lara Katzy (Ger) 71 76 (41-34).
149 Marion Duvernay (Fra) 78 71 (38-33), Irene Diaz-Negete (Spa) 74 75 (38-37).
150 Anna Arese (Spa) 76 74 (36-39).
152 Rocio Sanchez (Spa) 78 74 (38-36), Rhian Wyn Thomas (Wal) 77 75 (36-39) (jt 7th).
153 Kylie Walker (Sco) 76 77 (40-37), Mariona Ricordeau (Fra) 76 77, Cristina Turegano Mate (Spa) 76 77.
154 Adriana Zwanck (Spa) 78 76, Jane Niebralla (Ger) 78 76, Laura Stempfl (Ger) 77 77, Mandy Goyos (Spa) 77 77.
Selected scores:
156 Katherine O'Connor (Wal) 80 76 (jt 17th).
159 Hannah Jenkins (Wal) 83 76 (jt 23rd).
160 Tara Davies (Wal) 80 80, Niamh Kitching (Ire) 80 80 (jt 31st).
MISSED THE CUT (162 or better qualified for final round)
163 Amy Boulden (Wal) 87 76 (jt 43rd).
165 Rachel Drummond (Eng) 82 83 (48th).
167 Anna McCormack (Ire) 84 83 (jt 49th).
169 Victoria Bradshaw (Ire) 85 84 (jt 55th).
174 Sara Crowe (Ire) 90 84 (jt 63rd).
179 Aoife Lowry (Ire) 99 82 (69th 0f 70).