Monday 22 January 2018

Maguires bid for Open glory at Ashdown

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The Maguire twins will attract most of the attention when the British Ladies Open Strokeplay Championship gets under way at Royal Ashdown Forest in East Sussex today.

They are the lowest-handicappers in the 116-strong field, with Leona playing off plus-five and Lisa off plus-four. Lisa strolled to the European title in Sweden last month, and both subsequently acquitted themselves well in the Irish Ladies Open.

Having not played in either the British Girls Individual Championship or the Home Internationals, the 16-year-old twins are raring to go in this prestigious event which was won two years ago by Danielle McVeigh at Royal Aberdeen.

Also included in the line-up are Gillian O'Leary and Sarah Cunningham, who both play off scratch, Victoria Bradshaw and Charlene Reid.

Scotland's Pamela Pretswell, a plus-four handicapper, defends the title she won last year at Tenby.

Royal Ashdown Forest, considered one of Britain's top inland courses, is famous for not having any bunkers. But it's a true test of golf, full of contrived hazards, heather, narrow fairways, hollows and streams.

Irish Independent

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