Maguire grabs top-25 finish as Reid revels in first LPGA win

Leona Maguire (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

Leona Maguire’s consistent campaign continued as she signed off with a four-under par round of 67 for a top-25 finish at the LPGA Tour’s ShopRite Classic.

The Cavan professional fired five birdies in-all with just one dropped shot, saving her best round of the week until last by some two strokes before finishing on a seven-under par tournament tally.

All up, that was good enough for a share of 24th with the former world amateur number one banking $11,955 for the performance and also moving inside the top-50 on the Race to CME Globe.

It’s perfect preparation for what Maguire will be hoping is a leading role this week as she enters Major company for the third time this year at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.

Meanwhile, Stephanie Meadow was unable to create such momentum after she closed her tournament with a one-over par round of 72.

That snuck the Jordanstown professional a top-60 finish at even par while she also collected $3,255 for her week’s work and banked four precious rounds ahead of another Major tilt.

At the top, a week’s work doesn’t come much better than 19-under par winning tallies with England’s Mel Reid now an LPGA Tour champion and first time Rolex winner.

The six-time Ladies European Tour winner and three-time European Solheim Cup Team member sealed victory at the ShopRite LPGA Classic  with a four-under par 67 on the Bay Course of Seaview to win by two strokes.

“I’m just over the moon, so emotional,” said Reid.

“So happy for myself and my team, there is a lot more to it than just me hitting a golf ball.

“I read a tweet yesterday and it was probably one of the only bad tweets that I got saying she’ll choke. It gave me a bit of motivation. I know it sounds stupid, but probably the best thing I could have read. I was definitely not letting that happen.

“The older you get in this game you do create a few scars. But being 33 years old and lifting this trophy when I had some young players behind me, it goes to show I guess that I like adversity. I’ll always be a fighter and try and fight my way through things. I’m so happy and relieved that I got it done.”

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