World Number One Leona Maguire wins Ladies British Am
Leona Maguire, the 2017 Ladies British Open Amateur champion<br>(R&A photo)
Leona Maguire, the 2017 Ladies British Open Amateur champion
(R&A photo)

PENFIG, WALES (June 17, 2017) - Leona Maguire won The 114th Ladies’ British Open Amateur Championship at Pyle & Kenfig today, defeating Spain’s Ainhoa Olarra 3&2 in the 18-hole final on the South Wales coast to seal the biggest amateur win of her career.

Maguire will now take her place in US Women’s Open next month and the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Kingsbarns, near St Andrews, in August, when she will aim to win the Smyth Salver as the low amateur for a second time after doing so at Woburn last year.

First Irish win since 2012

Maguire, who is number one in the women’s WORLD AMATEUR GOLF RANKING™ and the Golfweek/AmateurGolf.com Women's World Ranking, becomes the first Irishwoman to win the championship since Stephanie Meadow defeated Spain’s Rocio Sanchez Lobato 4&3 at Carnoustie in 2012.


The 22-year-old from County Cavan made a flying start after dispatching a birdie opportunity on the 1st but the match returned to all-square on the following hole, Olarra saving par while Maguire struggled with a bogey.

Olarra hits back

Maguire found herself behind, remarkably for the first time in the championship’s entire match play stage, after Olarra, who won the Spanish Amateur Championship in 2013, picked up a birdie on the 3rd hole to move 1up.

The South Carolina University scholar saw her lead pulled back immediately when Maguire fought back with a birdie to win the 4th hole and was powerless to stop the Great Britain and Ireland international regaining control of the contest on the 5th hole after she rolled in a birdie on the par-5 to take a one hole advantage.

Maguire extends lead

Maguire, who recently won the Annika Award for the second time in her career, strengthened her position even further after winning the 7th and 9th holes to move 3up but Olarra reduced the deficit at the 10th.

Nevertheless, the three-hole gap was restored on the 11th when the two-time McCormack Medal winner notched up her fifth birdie of the round and the Duke University student remained steady with a par on the 12th to go 4up after her Spanish opponent could only manage a bogey.

Spanish resolve

Olarra’s refused to throw in the towel and the youngster from San Sabastian halted Maguire’s momentum by winning two of the next three holes, producing a vital birdie on the 15th.

The match was decided on the following hole, however. Olarra had struggled with her putting throughout the match and a bogey on the 16th left Maguire with a par putt to win the championship which she duly rolled in for a 3&2 victory.


In the first of this morning’s semi-finals, Maguire defeated Finland’s Anna Backman 3&2 to secure her passage to the final.

Olarra closed out her match with Norway’s Stina Resen on the par-3 15th, rolling in a birdie putt to seal a 4&3 win.

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

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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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