McVeigh aims to find form in Open defence
Danielle McVeigh launches the defence of her Ladies British Open Amateur title at Tenby, Wales, today.
The 22-year-old Curtis Cup star from Royal County Down won the crown at Royal Aberdeen last August, having lifted the Welsh Open stroke play title three months earlier.
She played well in the transatlantic clash in Boston in June, but then went off the boil, failing to make the knockout stages of the British Ladies Championship.
It is a major disappointment that the brilliant Maguire twins, Lisa and Leona, have pulled out. However, Sarah Cunningham, a member of the Irish side which finished runners-up in the European Girls Championship last month, Victoria Bradshaw, Aedin Murphy and Sinead O'Sullivan are among the other players from Ireland in the 120-strong line-up.
Competitors play one round today, another tomorrow and then the leading 40 go forward to the final 36 holes on Friday, on Wales' oldest course.