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Ladies British Am: World #1 Maguire Rolls Into 3rd Round
15 Jun 2017
by Royal & Ancient

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World #1 Leona Maguire is two steps closer to winning the<br>Ladies British Open Amateur for the first time (R&A photo)
World #1 Leona Maguire is two steps closer to winning the
Ladies British Open Amateur for the first time (R&A photo)
KENFIG, WALES (June 15, 2017) - Leona Maguire, who currently leads the both the women’s WORLD AMATEUR GOLF RANKING™ and the Golfweek/AmateurGolf.com Women's Amateur Ranking, produced two strong performances to ease into tomorrow’s third round.

The Irish Olympian, who recently won the Annika Award for the second time, beat Elena Hualde Zuniga 5&4 in the first round before moving up the gears to record an emphatic 7&6 win over Paula Neira Garcia to reach the next round.

“I played really nice golf this morning, made some good birdies and carried it on into this afternoon’s round”, said Maguire.

“I hit a lot of fairways and greens to give myself a lot of chances. Once you get into match play you can be a bit more aggressive and go after a few more pins.

“I’ll take each match as it comes. There’s a really strong field out here. I had a good performance today and we’ll take it from there once tomorrow’s round starts.”

Ireland Well Represented

Paula Grant, who led the qualifiers after two rounds of stroke play, continued her fine form this morning with a solid 4&2 victory against Denmark’s Cecilie Finne-Ipsen. England’s Rochelle Morris also lost out to the 2013 Irish Women’s Close Champion as she secured her place in the third round following a 4&3 win.

“I was two down through six holes in the morning’s match but I made a good comeback against Cecilie”, said Grant.

“I played really solid golf in the afternoon and made a lot more birdies. Overall, a pretty good day.

“The conditions were tough and the wind was going in the opposite direction to yesterday. You have to keep plugging away, keep hitting the fairways and hopefully hole some putts.

“I think I can do well here but I’ll take it one step at a time, one match at a time and see how things go. It’s nice to finish early and rest before tomorrow."

Grant Comeback

Grant, who led the qualifiers after two rounds of stroke play, continued her fine form this morning with a solid 4&2 victory against Denmark’s Cecilie Finne-Ipsen. England’s Rochelle Morris also lost out to the 2013 Irish Women’s Close Champion as she secured her place in the third round following a 4&3 win.

“I was two down through six holes in the morning’s match but I made a good comeback against Cecilie”, said Grant.

“I played really solid golf in the afternoon and made a lot more birdies. Overall, a pretty good day.

“The conditions were tough and the wind was going in the opposite direction to yesterday. You have to keep plugging away, keep hitting the fairways and hopefully hole some putts.

“I think I can do well here but I’ll take it one step at a time, one match at a time and see how things go. It’s nice to finish early and rest before tomorrow."

Other Qualifiers

Also progressing to the third round are Beatrice Wallin, Marthe Wold, Alessandra Fanali, Sara Kouskova and Leonie Harm after good wins this afternoon.

Defending Champion Out

Julia Engstrom’s defence of the Ladies’ British Open Amateur Championship ended in defeat by Alice Hewson during the first stage of match play at Pyle & Kenfig today.

The Swedish youngster, who became the youngest ever winner of the championship aged 15 last year, was defeated by the England international on the first extra hole of a compelling contest in this morning’s first round.

Hewson found herself in a sudden death situation once again during her second round match-up against Anna Backman but came up short after losing on the first extra hole to the Finn.

Last year’s runner-up Dewi Weber also made an early exit from the championship after succumbing to a one hole loss against Marta Perez Sanmartin.

The Ladies’ British Open Amateur Championship is being contested by 144 competitors from 24 countries.

The first stage of the championship comprises two qualifying rounds of stroke play before the leading 64 players progress to the match play stage. Each match will consist of one round of 18 holes.

ABOUT THE Ladies British Amateur

This championship, along with the US Women’s Amateur Golf Championship, is considered the most important in women’s amateur golf.

The first stage of the Championship involves 144 players each of whom plays two rounds of 18 holes. The 64 lowest scores over the 36 holes will compete in the match play stage of the Championship. Each match will consist of one round of 18 holes, including the Final.

The ‘Pam Barton Memorial Salver’ is awarded to the winner of the Championship, while the runner-up receives The Diana Fishwick Cup. An international team award is presented after the stroke play qualifying rounds.

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Results For Ladies British Open Amateur Championship
WinIrelandLeona MaguireIreland1500
Runner-upSpainAinhoa OlarraSpain1000
SemifinalsFinlandAnna BackmanFinland700
SemifinalsNorwayStina ResenNorway700
QuarterfinalsGermanyAnastasia MickanGermany500

View full results for Ladies British Open Amateur Championship

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