Wednesday 13 December 2017

Maguire tees off strongly at Portstewart

Ireland's Leona Maguire
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Leona Maguire swept impressively into the match-play stages of the Ladies British Open Amateur Championship at Portstewart yesterday as she led the qualifiers by a proverbial mile after a second successive stunning round.

The 20-year-old international star from Slieve Russell fired a brilliant five-under-par 68 to add to her 67 of the previous day for an 11-under par 135 total.

That took her to the top of the qualifiers list by a staggering six strokes from France's Celine Boutier, Maguire's predecessor as world number one, and Jessica Bradley from Tiverton in Devon.

Maguire's twin sister Lisa improved by six strokes on her first round to edge into the match play phase on the cut-off mark of 150, four-over par.

Meanwhile teenage star Olivia Mehaffey, already the winner of the Irish Girls and Scottish and Welsh women's open titles this season, Paula Grant,Maria Dunne and Jessica Carty also made it through.

But disappointingly Chloe Ryan and Sinead Sexton missed out after a lack-lustre two days.

Leona Maguire had four birdies in the last six holes but finished with one of three bogeys in her round.

Irish Independent

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