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Maguire secures British title

Updated: Friday, 19 Aug 2011 20:09

Leona Maguire
Leona Maguire

Leona Maguire fired a second successive 69 for her final 36 holes to win the British Women's Strokeplay Championship by six shots at Royal Ashdown today.

Two shots off the pace overnight in joint third, Maguire ended the morning round an astonishing five strokes clear of the field after a best of the championship 69.

She continued her brilliance in the afternoon reaching the turn for the final time two under the card to increase her substantial lead.

A dropped shot at 11 was swiftly neutralised by a birdie at the next and a further bogey on 16 was obliterated by a birdie-birdie finish to match the morning 69 and finish a full 6 shots clear of Laurence Herman in second place.

Maguire adds her first British title to her ever-expanding trophy cabinet and can now, along with sister Lisa, truely celebrate their selection on the European team for the PING Junior Solheim Cup, announced two days ago.

In the International Team event, England pipped Ireland on countback for the 2011 title after both finished with aggregates of 305 over the first two rounds of the British Women's Open Amateur Stroke-play championship at Royal Ashdown Forest.

England's better second-round total of 150 to Ireland's 151 was the deciding issue.

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