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Koreans rule as inconsistency costs Maguires

Ireland'S amateur ladies finished in a tie for 11th place in their bid to bring home the Espirito Santo Trophy in Buenos Aires at the weekend -- a major improvement on the 24th spot they occupied in Adelaide two years ago.

But with the team of the Maguire twins, Leona and Lisa, and Danielle McVeigh being considered the strongest Ireland had ever fielded in the event, it was a trifle disappointing as a medal was their realistic objective.

However, they ended only five strokes outside the medal positions and given greater consistency, they could well have made it.

A brilliant performance from Korea saw them romp to the title, winning by an amazing 17 strokes from the United States with Sweden, France and South Africa sharing third spot.

Leona Maguire, the 15-year-old French U-20 Open champion from Slieve Russell, was in splendid form on Saturday, returning a three-under-par 69, which comprised 15 pars and three birdies -- at the ninth, 15th and 16th.

Her sister Lisa had a double-bogey at the second and finished on two-over-par 74 but McVeigh ended a thoroughly disappointing week with a 79, which included six bogeys, one double-bogey and just one birdie.

With a final-day aggregate of 143 -- one-under-par -- the Irish trio finished the competition with a total of 577 -- one-over-par -- and finished ahead of the other home countries.

Wales were four strokes behind them in joint 17th place with England 25th and Home International champions Scotland disappointing in joint 28th.

Irish Independent