Late birdie denies Leona Maguire in Portugal
Defending champion Leona Maguire produced a dramatic final round charge before being forced to settle for second place in the Portuguese Ladies Amateur Championship.
The 17-year old from Slieve Russell was eight strokes behind eventual winner Roberta Roeller in joint second place with a round to go at Montado Golf Resort near Lisbon but went to the last just one behind.
Leona Maguire 8 behind in Portugal
Defending champion Leona Maguire fell eight shots behind runaway leader Rebecca Roeller of Germany entering the final round of the Portuguese Ladies Amateur Open in Lisbon.
The 17-year old fired a level par 72 to move up to joint second place at Montado Golf Resort but Roeller hit a two under par 70 to lead on six under par.
As twin sister Lisa hit a 70 in cold and damp conditions to move up to fourth, nine shots off the pace, Leona got off to a poor start when her opening tee shot ricocheted off the branch of a tree and out of bounds.
Leona Maguire six off the lead in Portugal
Defending champion Leona Maguire is six shots off the pace at the halfway stage of the Portuguese Ladies Amateur at Montado Golf Resort near Lisbon.
The 17-year old from Slieve Russell posted a two-over par 74 on a bright and breezy day, reaching the turn in level par before the wind strengthened on the tougher inward nine.
Her sister Lisa played well but was left to rue double bogeys at her first and last holes as she posted a frustrating 76 to finish the second round nine strokes behind Germany’s Rebecca Roeller, who leads the field by four after adding a 74 to her opening 66.
Maguire twins hit the ladies tour in Portugal
Teen twins Leona and Lisa Maguire will be gunning for glory on Ladies European Tour today.
Leona, 16, was invited to play in the ISPS Handa Portugal Ladies Open at Campo Real near Lisbon as the reigning Portuguese Ladies Amateur Open champion.
But the Cavan sensation also succeeded in getting an invitation for her twin sister Lisa for what will be their fourth start in a professional tour event.