Wednesday 22 November 2017

Spanish pair destroy Maguires' Open dreams

The Maguire flames were extinguished at the Ladies British Open Amateur Championship in south Wales when both Leona and Lisa fell by the wayside.

Leona was the first to go, beaten 3&1 in the third round over the Machynys Peninsula Course in Llanelli by Spaniard Noemi Jiminez, and twin sister Lisa followed her on to the sidelines hours later when she went down 3&2 to another Spaniard, Luna Sobron, in the quarter-finals.

Leona, from Slieve Russell, got off to a disappointing start against Jimenez, losing two of the first three holes and finding herself three down after six.

The Curtis Cup star was forced to play catch-up after that and although she did put up a fight, she never really looked like bridging the gap and eventually succumbed on the penultimate hole.

It was a similar story for Lisa in the afternoon as she made a disastrous start against Sobron, losing four of the first five holes.

She rallied bravely, winning eight, nine and 10 to reduce the deficit to just one but was unable to level the match and when the Spaniard took the 13th the writing really was on the wall. Sobron captured the 16th as well to close out the match.

Earlier Lisa had defeated Italian Roberta Liti by 2&1 in round three. Sobron now meets German Karolin Lampert this morning for a place in the final.

In the other semi-final Jiminez clashes with the last surviving Briton, Georgia Hall, ranked No 7 in the world, who went down to Northern Ireland's Stephanie Meadow in the semi-finals at Carnoustie last June.

Hall has already shown her liking for south Wales as last August she won the British Girls Championship at nearby Tenby.

Today's winner will not only receive the imposing Championship Cup but will also receive invitations to the Ricoh British Women's Open at St Andrews in August and the US Women's Open next year.

Irish Independent

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