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Leona 'humbled' by third medal



Leona Maguire

Leona Maguire

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Leona Maguire

Irish golfer Leona Maguire has won the Mark H McCormack medal for being the leading women's amateur golfer for the third consecutive year.

Maguire (right) is coming off a strong season in which she won the Ladies' British Open Amateur Championship at Pyle & Kenfig, while she also finished second in the NCAA Championship.

The 22-year-old has won seven times on the collegiate circuit which led to her receiving the Annika Award for the best female collegiate golfer in America for the second time.

The Cavan-born golfer is going into her final year at Duke University, and capped a stellar year by making the cut at the Women's British Open at Kingsbarns two weeks ago.

"It's a huge honour for me," Maguire said of being leading amateur.

"To win it once was one thing, but to win it three times is quite a humbling feeling.

"I know there have been some great names before me but to have my name on there three times is something very special and something that I am very proud of."

Banbridge's Olivia Mehaffey also finished in the top ten of the world rankings, placing ninth.

Belfast Telegraph