Never-say-die Maguire holds nerve to claim Spanish title
Irish teenage star Lisa Maguire was celebrating last night after being crowned Spanish Ladies Open Amateur Champion in Cadiz.
The 16-year-old Curtis Cup sensation from Slieve Russell lifted the title over the Sherry course at Jerez with a tense last-green victory in the 18-hole final over French girl Emilie Alonso. In winning, Lisa gained revenge on behalf of her twin sister Leona, the Portuguese champion, who had been beaten by 6&4 Alonso in the quarter-finals.
"I am absolutely thrilled. It was a terrific match and I had really had to hold my nerve," said Lisa.
There was never more than one hole in it, but Lisa did not take the lead until the 361-metre 15th which she birdied. Alonso had been one up with five to play, but the Irish teenager won the 14th where Alonso got into all sorts of trouble. Maguire then finished with three halves in par.
In the quarter-finals on Saturday, Lisa edged out England's Holly Clyburn at the 21st having never been ahead until that third extra hole. She was three down with seven to play, but won 12, 13 and 15 only to lose the 16th. But she squared at the 18th to force extra holes. The semi-final was much easier, Lisa beating Antonia Scherer of Germany by 5&3.
The Spanish Men's Open was won by Laurie Canter who beat Stiggy Hodgson in an all-English final.