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Cruising Maguire stays on course for Open glory


Ireland's Leona Maguire

Ireland's Leona Maguire

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Ireland's Leona Maguire

Leona Maguire cruised in the last 16 of the Ladies’ British Open Amateur Championship after two convincing wins in the match-play stages at Portstewart yesterday.

The World No 1 beat Sweden’s Martina Edberg by 8&6 in a morning canter.

Having stormed through to top the qualifiers by a six-stroke margin, the Slieve Russell star seized the initiative against Edberg by winning three of the first four holes.

She then found herself six up at the turn and won two of the next three holes finishing six-under par for the 12 holes played.

Maguire was soon back out after being paired with Camille Chevalier of France, who herself had recorded a good 6&5 win over Sweden’s Linnea Johansson.

She did provide a tougher test, but ultimately was no match for Maguire who sailed through into this morning’s last 16 draw with a 4&3 victory.

Maguire now faces Australian Joanna Charlton and will have extra motivation given it was Charlton who dumped out her twin sister Lisa Maguire in the first round, winning 4&3.

Royal County down teenager Oliva Mehaffey is also through after seeing off England’s Lianna Bailey 5&4 before a 2&1 win over Elizabeth Prior.

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