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Tuesday 27 September 2016

Maguire gets Curtis call-up with Dunne and Mehaffey

Phil Casey

Published 29/04/2016 | 02:30

Leona Maguire, winner of the 2015 Irish Independent Young Sportstar of the Year award Photo: Getty
Leona Maguire, winner of the 2015 Irish Independent Young Sportstar of the Year award Photo: Getty

Three players from Ireland, including World No 1e Leona Maguire, have been selected on the Great Britain and Ireland's Curtis Cup team which takes on the United States at Dún Laoghaire GC from June 10-12.

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The winner of the 2015 Irish Independent Young Sportstar of the Year award is joined by compatriots Olivia Mehaffey (Royal Co Down)and Maria Dunne from Skerries, with England represented by Bronte Law, Alice Hewson, Meghan MacLaren, Rochelle Morris and Charlotte Thomas.

Maguire, Law, Mehaffey and Hewson were selected automatically as the top players in the world amateur ranking, with MacLaren and Morris earning their places as the top players not otherwise exempt from the LGU order of merit.

The United States has won eight of the last nine contests, although Great Britain and Ireland did taste victory in the last home tie at Nairn in 2012

Meanwhile, the first day of the Volvo China Open saw Hennie Otto rediscover his form in brilliant fashion. Otto has not recorded a top-10 finish since winning the Italian Open in 2014 and has made two halfway cuts in nine events this season, but in Beijing he carded seven birdies and an eagle to complete a flawless 63.

At nine-under par, the South African enjoyed a two-shot lead over Austria's Bernd Wiesberger, with Frenchman Gregory Bourdy, Swede Peter Hanson, Finland's Roope Kakko and Paraguay's Fabrizio Zanotti all on six-under.

The in-form Joost Luiten, who has finished second in the last two events, was a shot further back alongside Sweden's Alex Noren and Spain's Borja Virto Astudillo.

Sweden's Rikard Karlberg was part of a large group on three-under and was celebrating winning a new car for a hole-in-one. He holed out with a seven iron from 201 yards on the 16th and won a Volvo XC90 built near his home city of Gothenburg.

Former winner Damien McGrane recorded three birdies and two bogeys on his way to a 71, while Belfast's Michael Hoey was three shots further back on two-over.

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