Leona Maguire bounced back from a second round 75 that scuppered her title chances with a bogey-free 67 that ensured her momentum continues ahead of a return to action next week in New York.
Maguire’s four-under par 67 saw her claim a top-15 finish at the Donald Ross Classic in Indiana, where she took home a cheque worth $3,185. It means Maguire maintains her position in third place on the Volvik Race for the Card standings.
In her first event as part of a three-week stint on Symetra Tour duty, the Cavan professional’s three-under par total was a full 10 shots off victory but having found 13 of 14 fairways and 15 of 18 greens in regulation, it was a performance very much in line with her patented consistency as the fledgling pro looks to escalate her graduation to the LPGA Tour.
Winning was never in the equation on Saturday, however, as Patty Tavatanakit blitzed the field with a stunning 64 to claim top honours.
In her rookie year, the Thai pro played like a seasoned pro, firing a magnificent seven birdies in a bogey-free effort that secured her a deserved win.
“I feel like I’m living a dream, just to play golf and not think about anything else,” said Tavatanakit, who entered the final round two shots back of the lead. “My mental game has got a lot stronger and knowing there is more golf ahead gives me the vibe to stay calm, that the rest will take care of itself. I’m happy to win and the hard work is paying off.”
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