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Alex Maguire falls in British Amateur semi-finals at Royal Lytham

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Irish amateur Alex Maguire has narrowly missed out on a spot at the 2022 Open Championship after losing his semi-final at the Amateur Championship. Photo: Sportsfile

Irish amateur Alex Maguire has narrowly missed out on a spot at the 2022 Open Championship after losing his semi-final at the Amateur Championship. Photo: Sportsfile

Irish amateur Alex Maguire has narrowly missed out on a spot at the 2022 Open Championship after losing his semi-final at the Amateur Championship. Photo: Sportsfile

Alex Maguire battled back from three down after seven holes before falling 3&1 to new South African star Aldrich Potgieter in the semi-finals of the Amateur Championship at Royal Lytham and St Anne’s.

The recently crowned East of Ireland champion from Laytown and Bettystown, beat Australia’s Charles Max 2&1 in a tight quarter-final as Douglas’ Peter O’Keeffe fell 2&1 to England’s John Gough.

Maguire (21) got back to one down with five to play against Potgieter who won the 15th and 17th in pars to secure a showdown with England’s Sam Bairstow, who beat Gough 5&4.

Two down after 10 holes, O’Keeffe (40) fought back to all square with four to play before Gough parred the 15th and birdied the 16th to go two-up before matching the Cork star’s birdie from 20 feet at the 17th with a clutch 12-footer from the fringe.

Meanwhile, Mallow’s James Sugrue birdied three of his last five holes to head the Irish posse in the Kaskáda Golf Challenge at Kaskáda Golf Resort in the Czech Republic.

The 2019 Amateur champion carded a second successive 69 to share 25th on four-under.

He was nine shots behind Denmark’s Martin Simonsen, who shot 65 to lead by one stroke on 13-under from Germany’s Freddy Schott.

Niall Kearney shot 69 and Tom McKibbin 71 to leave them tied 43rd on two-under with Conor Purcell a shot further back after a 73.

Paul Dunne followed his 66 with a disappointing 79 to miss the cut while Gavin Moynihan withdrew.

In Michigan, Leona Maguire made four birdies in a bogey-free 68 to move into the top 10 in the Meijer LPGA Classic.

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The Cavan star (27) was tied for ninth in the clubhouse on seven-under par, seven shots behind overnight leader Jennifer Kupcho who followed an opening 63 with a 67 to lead by two shots from Nelly Korda on 14-under. Stephanie Meadow was set to miss the cut after a two-over 74 left her on level-par.


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