Leona Maguire makes history at Evian
Leona Maguire

Leona Maguire

World Amateur No 1 Leona Maguire is used to making her mark and she was at it again in France on Friday when she was believed to be the first woman representing the Republic of Ireland — amateur or professional — to make the cut in a women's major.

The Slieve Russell and Duke University star made three birdies in her last nine holes for a second round 73 at the Evian Championship to make the five over cut by two strokes.

Out in three over par, she came home in one under for a two over par 73 to go into the weekend 12 shots off the lead held by Mi Hyang Lee of Korea.

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Galway born Alison Walshe, who left Ireland aged two and a half and has represented the USA all her life, has also made the cut in women's majors.

Jordanstown's Stephanie Meadow, now a professional, was third behind Michelle Wie on her professional debut in the US Women's Open at Pinehurst last year.