Leona Maguire captures British Amateur Championship

Leona Maguire secured the biggest win of her career at Saturday’s Ladies’ British Amateur Championship final against Ainhoa Olarra of Spain.

The Irish player won 3&2 in the 18-hole decider of the matchplay event held at the Pyle and Kenfig Golf Club in Wales.

It earns the 22-year-old entry into the Women’s US and Women’s British Opens.

Maguire, top of the world amateur rankings, earlier defeated Paula Grant of Lisburn in the last eight and Anna Backman of Finland in the semi-finals.

Maguire was the leading amateur at last year’s Women’s British Open at Woburn and will aim to repeat that feat at the 2017 tournament at Kingsbarns, near St Andrews, in August.

BBC Sport – Golf

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