Maguire hails team-mates for impressive scoring as they lead Aramco Team Series in New York

Adam McKendry

Leona Maguire (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Team captain Leona Maguire praised her team for dovetailing well as they claimed a one-shot lead after the opening round of the Aramco Team Series – New York at Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point.

The Cavan woman combined with team-mates Liz Young, Tvesa Malik and amateur Golden Tate – a former NFL wide receiver – to sit 11-under-par after day one in New York.

The quartet went out in five-under, making just one bogey, and returned in six-under to claim sole possession of top spot, just a single stroke ahead of the team captained by Spain’s Ana Peláez Trivino.

“We all got along really well and had a nice time out there,” said Maguire.

“We didn’t realise how long we’d been out there until we walked off the 18th green which is always a good sign. We dovetailed nicely and it’s always nice to be in the lead.

“It was a little nicer on the back nine, it’s a good test out there. It was playing long on a lot of holes with a lot of with woods and hybrids, so hopefully it will be a little kinder tomorrow. It worked pretty well today, so more of the same for tomorrow.

“A good night’s sleep tonight and we’ll be ready to go.”

Team Peláez Trivino, containing Nicole Garcia, Emma Grechi and amateur Michael Singer, had two nines of five-under to be the only other team in double-figures at 10-under-par, with Team Nelly Korda on eight-under-par.

Belgium’s Manon de Roey leads the individual leaderboard after a bogey-free four-under 68 in New York, which leads Nelly Korda and Madelene Sagstrom by one shot.

Maguire had a disappointing individual round on day one, posting four bogeys on her front nine but managing to recover for a two-over 74 after a birdie on the par-five 18th.


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