Thursday 14 November 2019

Maguire twins show fighting spirit to reach quarter-finals

Chris Smart

The brilliant Maguire twins reached the quarter-finals of the Spanish Ladies Open Amateur Championship over the Sherry course at Jerez in Cadiz yesterday.

And there is the fascinating possibility that 16-year-old Leona and Lisa from Slieve Russell could meet tomorrow in the title decider.

Lisa had a battle royal in round one with compatriot Danielle McVeigh, the 2009 British stroke-play champion from Royal County Down, before prevailing at the third extra hole of sudden-death. It was neck-and--neck with Maguire edging home with a birdie at the 21st.


She then went on to overwhelm 6&4 Spaniard Luna Sobron, who had earlier eliminated top seed Ines Lescudier on the final green. Maguire was too powerful for Sobron and took command early on. She now faces England's Holly Clyburn for a place in the last four. Third seed Leona Maguire had to pull out all the stops to get through the first two rounds.

First she secured a 2&1 victory over Mandy Goyos and then was taken all the way to the wire by France's Alexandra Bonetti -- squeezing home on the closing green. Portuguese Open champion Leona now plays the hugely-talented Emilie Alonso, another of the French contingent.

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