'It doesn't get much bigger than this' - Ireland's Leona Maguire wins British Amateur Championship
Irish golfer Leona Maguire won the Ladies' British Amateur Championship on Saturday with a 3&2 victory matchplay final over Spaniard Ainhoa Olarra.
The 22-year-old Cavan woman, who is the ladies' amateur world number one, captured the most prestigious amateur championship in British golf after holing five birdies through 16 holes.
After seeing off Lisburn's Paula Grant (4&2) in the quarter-finals and Anna Backman of Finland (3&2) in the semi-finals, Maguire got off to a flying start in the matchplay final after holing four birdies through on the front nine to set up a commanding three shot lead.
Olarra birdied the third and parred holes 8 through 11 to keep pace with Maguire, however, a bogey on 16 ender her day as Maguire's par was enough to seal victory and the championship.
Maguire said that the win was among the biggest of her burgeoning amateur career and that victory at the Pyle & Kenfig Golf Club in South Wales on Saturday made all the training and early morning starts worthwhile.
"It doesn't really get much bigger than the Ladies' British Amateur," Maguire told RTE Radio 1.
"There was a world class field here this week and there was some great golf played. I'm just delighted to come out on top.
"These are the sort of days that you practice for. These are the days that you are out on early mornings in cold weather that make days like today worthwhile."