Sunday 19 November 2017

In brief: McVeigh shrugs off bug to triumph


Danielle McVeigh had to overcome a nasty dose of food poisoning before clinching her second top-class victory in 10 months on Scottish soil.

McVeigh played brilliantly on the back nine at Royal Troon to succeed Leona Maguire as Helen Holm Scottish Amateur Open Strokeplay Champion.

Winner of the British Ladies Amateur Championship last summer, the 22-year-old wrapped up a two-stroke victory over England's Nikki Foster on 10-under par after a 74 on the Championship links at Troon.

The Maguire twins, Leona and Lisa, finished in a tie for sixth on six-under. McVeigh and Leona Maguire claimed the team trophy for Ireland and they and Lisa are certain to be named this afternoon on the Curtis Cup team to face the US in June.

Sweden's Sophie Gustafson and Anna Nordqvist won the Ladies European Tour's Nations Cup yesterday. Ireland tied for 17th on one-over, Rebecca Coakley and Hazel Kavanagh closing with a 70.


Gareth Flannigan from Ballyholme landed the Mitsubishi Motors Laser SB3 Eastern Championship after a close-fought series on Dublin Bay at the weekend.


Sailing with Jeremy Tomalinson and Brian Spence, Flannigan managed to place second in the final race yesterday while title rival Ben Duncan of Howth could only manage 18th.

Controversial Kazakhstan rider Alexander Vinokourov triumphed in the Liege-Bastogne-Liege race yesterday following a breakaway with Alexandr Kolobnev. Vinokourov sprinted to the line to take his second win in the race and his most significant victory since returning from a blood doping ban in the autumn.

Meanwhile, David McCann from Belfast added the Melaka Governor Cup two-day in Malaysia to his list of wins yesterday.


Keith Cronin, the defending British Rally champion, suffered a crushing disappointment on the final stage of the Pirelli International Rally in the North of England.

Cronin had dominated from the start and started the last stage with a 17-second lead over former champion Gwyndaf Evans.

However, disaster struck when a tyre punctured and the remains of the rubber flailing around damaged the Impreza's wiring loom, bringing it to a halt less than 200 yards from the finish, handing victory to Evans and his Belfast co-driver Chris Patterson.

Craig Breen was only four seconds behind Evans starting the final stage, but the Kilkenny driver also suffered a puncture, leaving him in third place at the finish. Meanwhile, Niall Maguire won the Hillgrove Hotel Monaghan Stages Rally for the seventh time.

Irish Independent

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