Cavan’s Lisa Maguire (Slieve Russell) overcame the atrocious weather conditions to become the first Irish golfer, in its 25 years old history, to win the prestigious European Ladies Individual Amateur Championship. Her final round of 79 was enough to take the coveted title by four strokes.
University of Alabama-based Stephanie Meadow (Royal Portrush) had a remarkable (in the conditions) final round of 73 to ensure an Irish one-two, jumping from seventh to second place, on the final day’s play on the Noordwijkse course in the Netherlands.
Only Denmark’s Charlotte Kring Lorentzen ,who had been vying for 2nd or 3rd position throughout the week, stopped an Irish 1-2-3, finishing on ten over par, with Lisa’s twin sister Leona in fourth place on 12 over par.
For Lisa Maguire this was the prize she really wanted: “My twin sister, Leona, had already won twice this year,” Lisa said. “In Portugal and in Ireland. I had only one victory, in the Spanish Amateur. So we’re even now. And this European title was the one I really wanted.”
“It was tough,” the young Cavan girl added. “It was one of the toughest days ever on a golf course. I knew that making as many pars as possible was going to be the key today. Especially when Charlotte came a bit closer. But I was able to pull it off.”
A great day for the Irish ladies , and especially for the Ballyconnell twins.
1 MAGUIRE, Lisa 73-68-73-79 +5
2 MEADOW, Stephanie 78-71-75-73 +9
3 KRING LORENTZEN, Charlotte 74-70-75-79 +10
4 MAGUIRE, Leona 73-75-72-80 +12