Saturday 16 December 2017

Leona dedicates 15-shot win to late grandfather

LEONA MAGUIRE continued her march of triumph in the Portuguese Ladies Championship when she clinched the title by 15 shots at the Aroeira Golf Glub near Lisbon yesterday.

The 16-year-old, from Slieve Russell Golf Club in Cavan, took an eight-shot lead into the final round and proved unstoppable as she scored a four-under-par 68 for a total of 274 (14-under).

Her nearest challengers were Karolin Lampert (Germany) and Holland's Karlijn Zaanen, who each finished on 289, one-over-par.

Lisa Maguire shot a level-par 72 for 292 and 10th place, which made her the next best finisher from Britain and Ireland.

The Cavan twins combined to win the Nations Cup section of this prestigious tournament for Ireland.

Over 80 of the top women amateurs in Europe compete in this championship.

Charlene Reid (Royal Portrush) and Gillian O'Leary (Cork), who was the 2004 champion, had final rounds of 75 (306 total) and 79 (308 total) respectively.

The victory was all the more special for the Maguires as they went to Portugal intending to dedicate their performance to their grandfather, Aidan McGovern, who died on January 8 when they were in America.

Lisa recovered well from a rain-interrupted second round in which she shot 76 to help her sister win the team event.

Irish Independent

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