Leona Maguire wins prestigious amateur golf tournament

The Cavan woman won the British Amateur Championship with a 3&2 victory over Ainhoa Olarra

BY Sinéad Farrell 18:00 Saturday 17 June 2017, 18:00 17 Jun 2017

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Leona Maguire has captured the British Ladies Amateur Golf Championship, following a 3&2 victory over Spain's Ainhoa Olarra.

Maguire had the better start to the matchplay final on Saturday, with four birdies on the front nine to open up a three-hold lead on the turn.

Birdie-pars on the 11th and 12th allowed her to extend that to a four-hole lead coming into the final six holes. Despite a birdie on the 15th for Olarra to cut the deficit back to two, Maguire held on for the win with another par shot on the 16th hole.

22-year-old Maguire follows the example of Stephanie Meadow, who previously won the tournament in 2012.

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