Leona Maguire, produced two strong performances to ease into tomorrow’s third round of the Ladies’ British Open Amateur Championship in South Wales.

The Irish Olympian, who recently won the Annika Award for the second time, beat Elena Hualde Zuniga 5&4 in the first round before moving up the gears to record an emphatic 7&6 win over Paula Neira Garcia to reach the next round.

“I played really nice golf this morning, made some good birdies and carried it on into this afternoon’s round. I hit a lot of fairways and greens to give myself a lot of chances. Once you get into match play you can be a bit more aggressive and go after a few more pins.''

“I’ll take each match as it comes. There’s a really strong field out here. I had a good performance today and we’ll take it from there once tomorrow’s round starts.” spoke Leona yesterday afternoon.

Olivia Mehaffey and leading qualifier Paula Grant also paved a comfortable path to the third round of match play after producing excellent golf in windy conditions on the South Wales coast.

Mehaffey, who plays collegiate golf in the United States for Arizona State University, defeated Scotland’s Chloe Goadby 4&3, which was followed by a 5&4 win over Mairead Martin (Kanturk).

Grant continued her fine form this morning with a solid 4&2 victory against Denmark’s Cecilie Finne-Ipsen. England’s Rochelle Morris also lost out to the 2013 Irish Women’s Close Champion as she secured her place in the third round following a 4&3 win.

“I was two down through six holes in the morning’s match but I made a good comeback against Cecilie. I played really solid golf in the afternoon and made a lot more birdies. Overall, a pretty good day. The conditions were tough and the wind was going in the opposite direction to yesterday.''

''You have to keep plugging away, keep hitting the fairways and hopefully hole some putts. I think I can do well here but I’ll take it one step at a time, one match at a time and see how things go. It’s nice to finish early and rest before tomorrow."​

The third round and quarter final matches take place at Pyle & Kenfig this morning.

Credit- ILGU

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