Tuesday 24 October 2017

McVeigh carries Irish hopes as Maguire sisters withdraw

The Maguire twins -- Leona and Lisa -- have pulled out of the Ladies British Open Amateur Championship, which begins today at Ganton in Yorkshire.

The 15-year-old sisters from Cavan are said to be still recovering from their splendid Curtis Cup efforts in Boston.

Their absence this week means that the Irish focus of attention will be on Royal County Down's in-form Danielle McVeigh, who won the British stroke-play title last August and Scottish Open stroke-play championship for the Helen Holm Trophy at Troon earlier this summer.

The 22-year-old had a good Curtis Cup, finishing off with a singles victory on the last day, playing at the top of the order.

She will attempt to become the first player since Rebecca Hudson eight years ago to hold both British titles -- stroke play and match play -- at the same time.

McVeigh goes out in the first of the two qualifying rounds this morning with former champion Emma Brown and Welsh international Katherine O'Connor.

For the team contest, she is in the three-strong Irish side with Carlow's Aedin Murphy, who qualified at Harlech last year, and Cork's Gillian O'Leary. Sarah Cunningham, from Ennis, is also in the field.

As usual, Spain have a strong contingent in the field with Carlota Ciganda, the winner at Alwoodley in Leeds three years ago, among the favourites this week.

Irish Independent

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