Ireland’s Leona Maguire has been honoured as the leading woman in the 2015 world amateur golf rankings.
Maguire has been awarded the Mark H McCormack Medal after an outstanding season in which she won three events.
The 20-year-old also went close to winning a professional event as she finished one off the lead at last month’s Ladies European Masters at Buckinghamshire Golf Club.
Maguire said: “To be able to call myself the best female amateur in the world is a nice feeling. It caps a fantastic year for me and it is rewarding after all the hard work I have put in, and for my family as well.”
Johnnie Cole-Hamilton, Executive Director – Championships at The R&A, said, “I would like to congratulate Leona on her performances in what has been a tremendous season.
“To secure three victories in such a competitive environment as collegiate golf is a great achievement but to go on and come so close to winning a professional event is remarkable. Leona is a hugely talented golfer and an extremely worthy winner of the McCormack Medal.”