Thursday 23 November 2017

Maguire on fire after superb first day display at Ladies Open

Irish starlet Lisa Maguire fired herself into a challenging position for honours in the British Ladies Open stroke-play championship at Prestwick on the rugged Ayrshire coast.

The 18-year-old international from Slieve Russell was determined to make up for what has been a largely disappointing season and posted an excellent three-under-par first round 71 to lie in second place with 54 holes remaining.

Only Chinese teenager Jing Yan, who won the British Girls Open Championship on Friday, bettered Maguire's score.

Maguire was unhappy at being left out of the Vagliano Trophy side, for which twin sister Leona was chosen, that took on the Continent of Europe in June, is anxious to finish the season with a good display at Prestwick and in the Home Internationals next month.

She had halves of 36 and 35 with three birdies on the outward half- at two, three and seven and two coming home – at 10 and 13. There were just two bogeys on her card – at one and 13.

Leona is certainly not out of the hunt after a 76, but was annoyed she bogeyed two of the last four holes, while Castletroy's Chloe Ryan kept herself in a good position with a 75. Irish champion Paula Grant was going well up to the turn which she reached in level-par 38. Her sister Laura took a stroke more, while Jean O'Driscoll had two double bogeys and a triple in an 83.



Just one member of Ireland's victorious side in the recent Boys Home Internationals is included in the nine-strong Great Britain and Ireland team to take on the Continent of Europe for the Jacques Leglise Trophy in North Wales next week.

Robin Dawson, the 17-year-old Irish Boys Open Amateur Champion from Faithlegg, is the sole representative from this country.

Dawson was undefeated as Ireland won the Home Internationals at Forest Pines in North Lincolnshire, gaining 5.5 points out of a possible six.

It is a disappointment that he is the only Irish player in the side for the two-day clash at Royal St David's, Harlech on Friday and Saturday of next week.

Dawson qualified for the match-play stages of the British Boys Championship at Royal Liverpool last week and then came from behind to beat fellow countryman Gareth Lappin before bowing out to Scotland's Adam Fisher.

There are four Scots in the squad, including new British Boys Champion Ewen Ferguson and four English as well as Dawson at Harlech, with not a Welshman included on home soil. Four foursomes will be played each morning with eight singles each afternoon.

Great Britain and Ireland team – R Dawson (Faithlegg), C Syme (Dumfries and County),R Macintyre (Glencruitten), E Ferguson (Bearsden),B Neil (Blairgowrie),M Penge (Worthing),B Moore (Keddleston Park), B Amor (Marlborough), A Turner (Kenwick Park).

Irish Independent

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