Leona records her first win on US college circuit

Leona Maguire Golf

Leona Maguire, a fresher at Duke University, with her Individual award won in the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate at Long Cove Club, South Carolina

FERMANAGH’S adopted golfing stars, sisters Leona and Lisa Maguire, now sports scholarship freshers at Duke University in the US continue to blaze a trail.

The twins, who are from Ballyconnell, but were well-known on local courses here before going west, are starting to make their mark against fierce international competition.

It was Leona’s turn last week when she won a play-off to record her first win on the US college circuit.

It was a ‘double’ victory in that her brilliant play in the closing stages enabled Duke University to retain the team title in the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate at the Long Cove Club in South Carolina.

Leona closed with three of her final five holes to push Duke’s team tally under par and force a play-off for the individual title with Sweden’s Madelene Sagstrom, a final year student at Louisiana State University.

She finished at 6 under par 207 over the regulation 54 holes, sank a 12 footer for birdie on the first play-off hole to secure the title.

Her twin, Lisa tied at 72nd spot in a field of 90, with scores of 81, 81 and 74.


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