The Women’s British Open takes place next week at Woburn Golf Club from 28-31 July and Ireland’s top amateurs will compete in the Championship.
Leona Maguire (Slieve Russell) and Olivia Mehaffey (Royal County Down Ladies) will take to the course amongst the best golfers in the world. In the field are world number one Lydia Ko, who just came off another win in the LPGA Marathon Classic, Paula Creamer, Laura Davies, Brooke Henderson and Brittany Lang, to name just a few.
There are only five amateurs in the field to date, as world number 1 amateur Hannah O’Sullivan, number 4 Maria Parra Luque and 22 Julia Engstrom join Mehaffey and Maguire.
Maguire played in the Women’s US Open earlier this month at Cordevalle, California and missed the cut by one. However, she will now switch focus to the Women’s British Open and then to the Olympics, where she will represent Team Ireland alongside Stephanie Meadow, Padraig Harrington and Seamus Power. Mehaffey has a busy few weeks on the road as she is preparing for Woburn, playing the Home International Matches at Conwy, Wales and will then begin college life at Arizona State University.
Attention should first be turned to the final qualifying stage for the Women’s British Open at John O’Gaunt Golf Club, where Irish international and Curtis Cup player Maria Dunne will be hoping to triumph. She will compete against 97 other amateurs and professionals for the final few places.
Woburn Golf Club first hosted the Women’s British Open in 1984 and the 2016 Open will mark the 10th staging of the event at the Club. Further information can be found on the official website: www.ricohwomensbritishopen.com
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