This afternoon's final of the 112th Ladies' British Open Amateur Championship will be contested by Sweden's Linnea Strom and Celine Boutier from France, Continent of Europe team-mates at the upcoming Vagliano Trophy match at Malone GC, Belfast.
CELINE BOUTIER IS NEW BRITISH OPEN AMATEUR CHAMPION
Celine Boutier, 21-year-old No 3 seed from the Paris suburb of Montrouge, is the new Ladies' British Open Amateur Champion. She beat 18-year-old Swedish player Linnea Strom from Gothenburg by 4 and 3 in the windswept 18-hole final at Portstewart Golf Club, Northern Ireland this afternoon.
DAY 4 OF THE LADIES' BRITISH OPEN AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP
World No 1 Leona Maguire's impressive run in the Ladies' British Open Amateur Championship was stopped in its tracks, by 26-year-old Australian Joanna Charlton, in this morning's round of the last 16. There was a measure of consolation for Irish supporters when Olivia Mehaffey (Royal Co Down) and Paula Grant won their ties to reach the quarter-finals.
Leona Maguire, whose World No 1 female amateur ranking makes her favourite to win the Ladies' British Open Amateur Championship, has qualified as the top seed for the match play round with a score of 11 under. She was also part of the Irish trio of Olivia Mehaffey, Chloe Ryan and herself who took the international team title ahead of the Swedish in 2nd and United States in 3rd.
ELIN ESBORN LEADER IN THE PORTSTEWART CLUBHOUSE ON DAY 1
Elin Esborn, an 18-year-old from Gothenburg, Sweden, knocked World No 1 Leona Maguire off the pole position after 6pm as the first qualifying round in the Ladies' British Open Amateur Championship drew to a close in the evening sunshine at Portstewart Golf Club, Northern Ireland
DAY 1 OF THE LADIES' BRITISH OPEN AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP
World No 1 Leona Maguire lived up to her star billing with a brilliant, six-under-par round of 67 (35-32) to take a two-stroke lead. Pleasant weather allowed many of the field to score under par on the first morning at Portstewart Golf Course, Northern Ireland.
The Ladies’ Golf Union has chosen the five-star Radisson Blu St Helen's Hotel, Dublin as the official hotel for next year's Curtis Cup match between the best female amateur golfers in Great Britain & Ireland and their counterparts in the United States.
COMMISSIONING OF THE CURTIS CUP 2016 OFFICIAL ARTWORK
The 39th Curtis Cup match takes place from the 10-12 June 2016 and Dun Laoghaire G.C., situated near the picturesque village of Enniskerry in Dublin, Ireland, will host the match between the top women amateur players from GB & I and the USA.
JOINT STATEMENT FROM THE LADIES’ GOLF UNION AND THE R&A
Exploratory discussions are underway between the Ladies’ Golf Union (LGU) and The R&A towards establishing a more closely coordinated working relationship and the possibility of a merger between the two organisations.
LADIES’ GOLF UNION RAISES OVER £500,000 TO STOP BREAST CANCER FOR GOOD
Lady golfers from across Great Britain and Ireland have joined forces to fight breast cancer as the Ladies’ Golf Union (LGU) presents Breakthrough Breast Cancer with an incredible donation of £500,000.
The 41st Curtis Cup match between Great Britain & Ireland and the United States will be played in 2020 at a venue selected by the Ladies’ Golf Union. Golf clubs who would like to be considered as hosts for the prestigious three-day match in June of that year are now invited by the LGU to express a written interest by 31st March 2015.
The Ladies Golf Union and IMG today can confirm a new five-year broadcast agreement for the Ricoh Women’s British Open with the UK’s two largest sports broadcasters, Sky and the BBC, running from 2017 – 2021, in an arrangement similar to that announced last week by the R&A for the Open Championship.
Lincolnshire Ladies' County Captain and seven times County champion, Helen Hewlett (nee Dobson) has accepted an invitation from the Ladies’ Golf Union, to be team manager of the Great Britain & Ireland teams for the Vagliano Trophy matches at Malone Golf Club, Belfast on June 26-27 and next year's Curtis Cup match at Dun Laoghaire Golf Club, near Dublin.
LGU CONGRATULATES VICE PRESIDENT ON HER NEW YEAR'S HONOUR
Yorkshire’s Sue Johnson, a Vice President of the LGU and one of the first Presidents of England Golf, has been made an OBE for services to golf in the New Year Honours list.
“This is a very great honour,” said Sue, who has held prominent positions within golf at national, county and club level. “I must be very lucky to be honoured for doing something which has given me the greatest pleasure.”
The United States Golf Association announced today that Robin Burke, of Houston, Texas, has been selected as captain of the 2016 USA Curtis Cup Team. The 39th Match will be played from 10-12 June. 2016 at Dun Laoghaire Golf Club near Dublin, Ireland. The Curtis Cup Match is an eight-female team competition between the USA and Great Britain and Ireland (GB&I).
LEONA MAGUIRE READY FOR THE CHALLENGE OF PORTSTEWART
If international class counts for anything then the winner of the 112th Ladies' British Open Amateur
Championship at Portstewart Golf Club, Northern Ireland this week should be one of the nine players who will be playing in the GB and I versus Continent of Europe Vagliano Trophy match at Malone Golf Club, Belfast on June 26th and 27th.
COUGHLAN-RYAN TO CAPTAIN JUNIOR TEAM AGAINST CONTINENT OF EUROPE
The Ladies’ Golf Union (“LGU”) is pleased to announce the appointment of Claire Coughlan-Ryan of Ireland as Captain of the GB&I Junior Vagliano team which will play a Continent of Europe side at Malone Golf Club, Belfast, in June 2015.
The 5 player GB & I team to defend the Astor Trophy title in Australia from 11-16th January has been named. A mixture of youth and experience has been selected to defend the Astor Trophy for Great Britain & Ireland in Australia.