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Wednesday 22 February 2017

Rio-bound Maguire finishes top amateur at Woburn

Chris Smart

Published 01/08/2016 | 02:30

Leona Maguire with the amateur trophy after day four of the Ricoh Women's British Open at Woburn Picture: PA
Leona Maguire with the amateur trophy after day four of the Ricoh Women's British Open at Woburn Picture: PA

Leona Maguire added to her large collection of silverware yesterday when she was the top amateur at the Ricoh Women's British Championship at Woburn in Bedfordshire.

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The 21-year-old from Slieve Russell GC in Co Cavan had every reason to be extremely proud of her performance in the 72-hole Major despite slipping in her final round - the only time in the week she ended over par.

But her four-round aggregate of 284 - four under par - left her six strokes ahead of the next best amateur, Curtis Cup colleague Bronte Law, to pick up the coveted Smith Salver - and in joint 25th overall she left a whole host of world stars trailing in her wake.

"I had a great week. It was fantastic playing with so many top pros and I had a lot of fun. I enjoyed every minute of it," said Maguire (pictured), who now heads to the Olympics in Rio and then back to California for her final year at Duke University.

The championship was won by Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn with a score of 272 - 16 under par - three clear of American Mo Martin and Korean Mirim Lee. The leading Briton was Scotland's Catriona Matthew on 279, nine under par in joint fifth.

After comfortably making the half-way cut, the Irish star produced her best golf of the tournament on Saturday, carding a brilliant four under par 68 to move to seven under overall and into the top ten.

She was out in 34 with birdies at one and eight and there were three more birdies on the homeward stretch - and she slipped on only one hole, dropping a stroke at the 13th.

Maguire started well enough yesterday, parring the first four holes and then picking up a birdie three on the fifth but after that things went downhill and she immediately dropped a stroke at the short sixth.

Out in 36 she struggled on the back nine recording a bogey five on the 13th,making a mess of the 484-yard 15th and dropping a stroke, and for the first time in the tournament narrowly failing to par the last to finish in three over par 75.

But it was still a marvellous overall performance and augurs well for the future.

Irish Independent

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