What a performance! 20-year-old Leona Maguire finishes 2nd at European Masters

The future is bright for the Cavan golfer.

Maguire with her father on the 18th green.
Maguire with her father on the 18th green.
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IRELAND’S LEONA MAGUIRE came up agonisingly short in her pursuit of a first professional title but her performance at the Ladies European Masters was another demonstration of her burgeoning potential.

The 20-year-old, who is currently the world number one ranked amateur, finished in second at the Buckinghamshire Golf Club in what was just her third professional event.

A bogey four on the 18th hole cost her a place in a play-off with eventual winner Beth Allen.

Nonetheless, it was a superb performance from Maguire as she carded a final round 69 to finish on 11 under par for the tournament.

After her tee shot found the green-side bunker on the final hole, Maguire played a delightful chip to within 10 foot but her par putt slid off to the right.

(Source: Kevin McGillicuddy)

Maguire is currently a student in Duke University, North Carolina and was recently named Women’s Golf Coaches Association Player and Freshman of the Year, which are the organisations highest honours for the 2014/15 season.

The rising star from Cavan had already collected the ACC Player and Rookie of the Year accolades after a peerless first season in America which saw her claim eight top-five finishes and two tournament wins.

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Speaking earlier in the week about the prospect of turning professional, Maguire said: “It’s always a great opportunity to play against the pros to test your game. Obviously I’d love to be out here one day playing against them.

“I’m going to take it as it comes. I’ve one year done in college in the States so I’ve three more left but we’ll see how it goes. I’ll take it as it comes.”

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