Golf: Leona Maguire leads world amateur rankings

Leona Maguire
Leona Maguire

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.”