Maguire top of European pile
LEONA MAGUIRE (16), the runaway winner of the recent Portuguese Amateur Open, is Europe's top female amateur.
Listed at No 4 in the world amateur rankings, the Slieve Russell ace is the only European in the top 10. Japan's Mitsuki Katahira is No 1. Maguire's twin sister Lisa is 32nd, with Stephanie Meadow, in 138th, the only other Irishwoman in the top 200.
- Rebecca Coakley (78, 73) missed the cut at the New Zealand Open on six-over. Italy's Giulia Sergas (64, 69) leads by two on 11-under.
GUI pass range-finders
IRISH golfers have the green light to use electronic range-finders in all GUI Championships.
A proposal permitting devices "that measure distance only" was passed at the Union's AGM yesterday at Carton House. Using an instrument that provides any other information will result in "disqualification regardless if any such additional function is not actually used."
Eugene Fayne, was elected president of the GUI yesterday. Fayne is a 40-year stalwart of Athlone Golf Club.
McElroy leads Irish charge
BALLYMENA'S Dermot McElroy led Ireland's challenge at the Portuguese International Amateur Championship.
After two rounds of level-par 72, McElroy shared 14th, seven behind leader Eddie Pepperwell of England. Paul Cutler was 26th on two-over after successive 73s. Wayne Telford (70) and Reeve Whitson (78) were 34th on four-over, with Alan Dunbar (77) on five-over and Eddie McCormack (74) on six-over.
- The death has occurred of Desmond Rea O'Kelly, president of the GUI in 1991, its centenary year. From Howth Golf Club, he served for 17 years as a GUI officer, including honorary secretary from 1975 to 1989.