Friday 23 March 2018

Maguire makes fine start to defence of french u-21 title

Irish teenage star Leona Maguire made an encouraging start to the defence of her French ladies U-21 title at St Cloud yesterday, WRITES CHRIS SMART.

The 15-year-old Slieve Russell girl, who looks a near certainty to make her Curtis Cup debut in Boston in June, returned an excellent 72 -- one over par -- to put herself in a strong position to claim one of the 16 qualifying places in the knock-out stages.

Irish champion two years ago, she is currently in sixth position in the field, just three strokes behind the early leader, England's Charlie Douglass.

Maguire gave a fine putting display and hardly put a foot wrong around the tricky Paris layout.

Her twin sister Lisa, the reigning Irish title-holder, is also in with a fine chance of making progress after today's second qualifying round; she fired a highly-creditable 75.

Sarah Cunningham, the former junior star from Ennis, has high hopes of making it through to the last 16 as well after an opening 74. Carlow's Aedin Murphy, who burst to the fore when qualifying in the ladies British Open Amateur championship last year, has a tough fight on her hands after a disappointing 79.

Irish Independent

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