Belfast Telegraph

Maguire named in junior squad

By Peter Hutcheon

Ulster's Lisa Maguire has been named in a junior squad to take on the current Vagliano Trophy team in a challenge match at North Berwick in October.

The 12-year-old's inclusion in that squad took some of the disappointment out of her defeat in the semi-final of the girls British Open championship at Southerndown yesterday.

She lost out five and four to England's Kelly Tidy ? who will be a team-mate of Maguire's in Scotland.

Maguire won the first hole, but Tidy quickly stamped her authority on the match by winning the third and then birdying three successive holes to go three up.

Kelly holed from 20 feet to win the thirteenth and a half on the next was enough to win her the match.

"It's disappointing to lose this morning but I'm delighted with how I played this week" she said.

"My ball striking and putting were just so solid all week that I hope I can be even better at next year's championship in Monifieth near Carnoustie."

Maguire was the first Irish girl to reach the last four of the British Amateur event and the run through seven matches was enough to guarantee the Slieve Russell player a place on the junior team.

The challenge match will be played on October 12 to 14 against the majority of the Vagliano Trophy squad from St Andrews. Due to the unavailability of certain players, first reserve, Florentyna Parker and fourth reserve, Michelle Thomson have been drafted into the Vagliano squad.

From those available, a junior squad was selected that includes Henrietta Brockway Tidy, the two finalists in the Girls' British Open Championship and their English colleague, County Durham's 18-year-old Ellie Givens, the winner of the English Girls' title. Scotland are represented by their Girls' Champion Carly Booth, Pamela Pretswell, the losing finalist in that championship and Sally Watson, 16, who played all four rounds in the recent Ricoh British Womens' Open and Megan Briggs.

Meanwhile, Kilkeel's Danielle McVeigh has won the women's individual golf competition at the World Student Games. McVeigh, who studies at Texas A&M University, shot a 76 in the final round in Bangkok to win by four shots.

The 20-year-old had a four-round aggregate of 292 to take the gold medal ahead of Mexico's Diana Cantu.

Ireland's eight-shot lead in the team competition disappeared and they had to settle for second place behind Mexico.


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