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Bronze for Paula Grant in Argentina

Lisburn's Paula Grant will be keen to challenge for a Curtis Cup place this year and she showed she will fight right to the death for her chance when she closed with a 69 to finish a brilliant third in the South American Amateur Championship in Argentina.
Grant ended up just two shots behind Paraguay's Milagros Chaves, who claimed victory with a chip-in birdie at the last as the overnight leader Silvia Garces double bogeyed.
"It was a great week and the clubs arriving a day late wasn’t a major issue," said a delighted Grant, whose clubs and luggage were delayed in transit — the clubs remaining in Heathrow as her baggage was sent to Chile instead of Buenos Aires — but leaves now with a bronze medal in her carry on.
"I just tried to do as much preparation as I could. It was nice to be able to dig deep and put in some good rounds after the bad start."
The Irish Women’s Close champion was three shots behind Garces at Martindale Country Club overnight but after going out in two under, she followed bogeys at the 10th and 11th with three birdies on the spin from the 13th.
She was still four-under for the championship with two holes to play and briefly found herself in a tie for the lead with Chaves and Garces, who were playing in the group behind.
As Grant finished par-par for a 69 to lead in the clubhouse on four-under 284, Chaves followed a birdie at the 16th with another at the par-five 17th, where Garces made an eagle three to lead by two strokes from the Paraguayan on seven-under.
But the Colombian found greenside sand in two at the 18th, came up short of the green with her third and then chipped poorly 15 feet right of the hole after seeing Chaves spectacularly chip in for birdie three after going through the back of the green.
The winner shot a 69 to win by a shot on six-under-par from Garces, who missed her bogey putt to force a playoff, with Grant a further shot back in third.
Her clubs eventually arrived the evening before the second practice day and she did not feel that had anything to do with a four-over-par opening 76, which arguably cost her dear.
An optometrist by profession, she plans to play all the big women's events this year, adding: "Yes I’ll play everything, I do locum work which is flexible so it’s perfect for golf."
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