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Leona pipped on countback

The 28th St Rule Trophy women's international amateur tournament

became the first to be decided over 18 holes.

With four players, including Ireland's Leona Maguire, having shot a two-under-par 73 in the first round, a card play-off decreed that Australia's Ashley Ona was the winner by virtue of having the best inward half (34 ).

Southerly winds gusting up to 50mph on the Old Course at St Andrews made for the bit of golfing history in the prestigious event.

Only 11 players in the quality field of 59 were able to complete their second rounds before play was suspended at 11.45 yesterday as golf balls were not remaining stationary on some of the more exposed greens.

The tournament was then reduced from its traditional three rounds to two. Then, just before 3.0, with the gale showing no sign of abating, it was decided to abandon play and declare the winners on the basis of the first-round scores returned over the New Course on Saturday.

Irish Independent