Duke women's golf star Leona Maguire cruises to Ladies’ British Open Amateur Championship victory
After being crowned as the ACC individual champion in April and coming up just one shot short of a chance at an NCAA title last month, Leona Maguire was rolling.
And this week at the Pyle & Kenfig Golf Club in Bridgend, South Wales, the world's top female amateur golfer stayed right on track.
With a 3-and-2 victory against Ainhoa
“It was a great match all day,” Maguire said. “I knew that Ainhoa was going to push me to the very end and she did that with some birdies down the stretch, especially with that putt she
Following 36 holes of stroke play to cut the field down to 64, Maguire made quick work of her first three opponents to advance to the quarterfinals. The Cavan, Ireland native won her first match 5-and-4 before taking the next two, each by a score of 7-and-6—she chipped in from 40 feet out on the 12th hole to close out her round of 16 contest.
From there, Maguire faced fellow Irishwoman, Paula Grant, who finished atop the leaderboard in the
Finland's Anna Backman could not slow Maguire down in the morning matchup, either. Maguire cruised to a 3-and-2 victory, with
With a birdie on the first hole against Olarra, the Blue Devil star set the tone and never let up. She held as large a lead as four through 12 holes before her Spanish opponent closed to within two on the 15th.
Maguire ultimately closed the match on 16 with a two-putt par, becoming the second Duke standout to win the Ladies' British Open Amateur Championship in the last three years—former Blue Devil Celine Boutier captured the crown in 2015.
“This is definitely one that I wanted to check off my list before I turn pro,” Maguire said. “There are some great names on that trophy and it’s great to be joining them.”
Maguire's Duke teammate and rising sophomore Ana
Maguire will now prepare for the next two majors on the LPGA circuit. The U.S. Women's Open will take place at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., July 13-16, before the Ricoh Women's British Open gets underway at Kingsbarns Golf Links in Fife, Scotland, Aug. 3-6.