The possibility of a place on the medal podium for Ireland at the World Women's Golf Team Championships may well have slipped away on a near perfect day for scoring at Carton House.

The Irish, who were bronze medallists two years ago, needed to make a move under par on the easier of the two 18-hole layouts today but instead registered a  one-over-par total over the O’Meara Course from their two best cards.

Ireland subsequently dropped down from sixth to 10th place on two-under-par, a massive 13 shots off third position and 16 strokes behind the leaders the United States.

Olivia Mehaffey, who led out the team, double bogeyed her fourth hole but fought back to two-under playing the 18th, only to finish with a double-bogey six for a level-par 73.

Behind her on the course, 17-year-old Annabel Wilson put her second shot in the water on the par-five 15th to turn a fine birdie opportunity into a bogey on her way to a 74 while Paula Grant’s 75 was discarded as just two cards are counted.

It was that kind of day for Ireland but not for the Americans, two of whom - Jennifer Kupcho and Kristen Gillman - shot 65s to move them into a one-shot lead on 18-under from Korea on 17-under and Japan on 15-under.