Leona Maguire led from wire-to-wire to win the 2011 Irish Women’s Open Strokeplay title at Elm Park today.
After opening with 64 and 70 to lead the field by 5 strokes overnight, the Co. Cavan teenager fired a flare to the trailing field with a 2 putt birdie at the first, and never looked back.
Further birdies at the short fifth and long eight saw her turn two under the card to lead nearest challenger Stephanie Meadow (Royal Portrush) by ten strokes with just 9 holes remaining.
Leona's twin sister Lisa saw her final round challenge fade after a double bogey at the short third.
Leona's only blemish of the weekend was a double bogey on the fifteenth, but she had plenty in the tank to spare and romped home eight shots ahead of the field.
Meadow went on to sign for a best of the day 70 to finish second while Lisa was next best on three over for the three rounds.
Ireland won the team event followed by Spain, Wales, Germany England and Scotland.