2017 Ladies' British Open Amateur Champion
Leona Maguire (IRE)
Leona Maguire won The 114th Ladies’ British Open Amateur Championship at Pyle & Kenfig, defeating Spain’s Ainhoa Olarra 3&2 to seal the biggest win of her career. Maguire became the first Irishwoman to win the championship since Stephanie Meadow defeated Spain’s Rocio Sanchez Lobato 4&3 at Carnoustie in 2012.
26-30 June 2018
The 115th Ladies’ British Open Amateur Championship will take place at Hillside. Hillside is located in Southport in the heart of England’s Golf Coast. It is situated adjacent to Royal Birkdale as well as Southport & Ainsdale, with Formby Golf Club a few miles down the road. A true championship links, Hillside is a regular venue for The Open Final Qualifying and has also hosted several prestigious championships including The Amateur Championship.
The course meanders through majestic sandhills and tranquil pinewoods, and many of the holes have elevated tees with fantastic views over the Irish Sea.
The back nine holes were redesigned in the 1960s, making the homeward journey a challenging one for golfers of all standards.
After playing the course, Greg Norman wrote to the Club saying that "The back nine were the best in Britain".
Hillside Golf Club Ltd
Tel: +44 (0) 1704 567169
The first stage of the Championship involves 144 players each of whom plays two rounds of 18 holes. The 64 lowest scores over the 36 holes will compete in the match play stage of the Championship. Each match will consist of one round of 18 holes, including the Final.
The ‘Pam Barton Memorial Salver’ is awarded to the winner of the Championship, while the runner-up receives The Diana Fishwick Cup. An international team award is presented after the stroke play qualifying rounds.
History of the Ladies British Open Amateur
Founded in 1893 by the Ladies’ Golf Union, the Ladies British Open Amateur was first played at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club in Lancashire.
The first three championships were won by England’s Lady Margaret Scott, who defeated the founder and secretary of the Ladies’ Golf Union Issette Pearson in the final of her first two victories.
Before the rise of the women’s professional game, the Ladies British Open Amateur was one of the most important golf events for female competitors. Today, along with the US Women’s Amateur Golf Championship, it is considered the highest honour in women’s amateur golf.