Sport Golf

Friday 24 January 2020

Late bogey costly for Leona

Chris Smart

A bogey five at the tough closing hole on the Kuneticka Hora course in the Czech Republic on Saturday meant heartbreak for 15-year-old Leona Maguire as she missed out on a medal in the European Ladies Amateur Championship.

The Slieve Russell star had gone into the final round six strokes adrift and needing something special to get among the medals -- and she almost did it.

The Curtis Cup player finished with a one-under-par 71 for a 72-hole aggregate of 284 -- four-under par.

She had reached the turn in 37 and birdies on 11, 14 and 16 had put her in a strong position to swoop for a medal but the five at the last meant she finished one stroke behind the joint second-placed competitors, Line Vedel Hansen from Denmark, Spaniard Marta Silva and France's Manon Gidali. German Sophia Popov won the title and the gold with a total of 280.

Lisa Maguire, Leona's twin sister finished on 290 in joint 21st position and Mary Dowling ended on 304, 16-over par in 60th place.

Meanwhile, in the European Young Masters, the Irish players didn't challenge; only Alex Gleeson produced the odd touch of class. He closed with a 77 but was well down the field.

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