World No. 1 amateur and 2016 Smyth Salver winner, Leona Maguire, sealed a return to the Ricoh Women’s British Open last week with victory at the 114th Ladies’ British Open Amateur at Pyle & Kenfig Golf Club, beating Spain’s Ainhoa Olarra in the 18-hole final.
22-year-old Irishwoman, Maguire, who captured the 2016 Smyth Salver at Woburn Golf Club, finishing T25th in her Championship debut, is no stranger to success having held the top spot in the Official World Amateur Golf Ranking for more than two years.
Her latest victory underlines her domination of the amateur rankings, having recently been awarded the Annika Award for the second time in three years, becoming the first two-time winner of the accolade, presented to the top player in Women’s college golf.
Maguire joins the 2016 US Amateur Champion, Eun-Jeong Seong and 2016 LGU Order of Merit champion, Olivia Mehaffey, in the field competing at Kingsbarns Links from 3 – 6 August.