Maguire two back of sensational amateur Fernandez

Ronan MacNamara
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Leona Maguire - Image from LET

Leona Maguire is two shots off the halfway lead at the Andalucia Costa Del Sol Open de Espana after a bogey-free 69.

Spanish amateur Cayetana Fernandez blew away the field and gave a glimpse of the potential she has with a sensational bogey-free 65 to lead Sweden’s Linn Grant by one on eleven-under.

Maguire rounded off her LPGA Tour season with a runner-up finish at the CME Group Tour Championship and she continued her excellent finish to the season with four birdies in a clean card.

Birdies on the second, sixth, eleventh and sixteenth kept her in the hunt and she is in solo-third.

The cream has started to come to the crop in the final LET event of the season with Maja Stark and Caroline Hedwall a shot behind Maguire on eight-under while Anne Van Dam, Carlota Ciganda, and KPMG Women’s Irish Open winner Klara Spilkova in ninth on -6.

17-year-old Fernandedz was the story of the day however. A member of the 2021 PING Junior Solheim Cup winning side for Europe the teenager put together a blistering back nine with birdies on 11, 13, 14, 15 and 18 to take the lead.

“It makes me very happy,” said the teenager. “I played an amazing round today. I made a lot of putts, and I enjoyed it a lot.

“I’m very happy and I’m glad to be here and tomorrow I hope to continue playing like this and I hope to get in the last group on the last day.

“Playing the LET tournament in Madrid allowed me to get to know professional tournaments because they are very different than the amateur ones. I am nervous also, it’s a thing you can’t control but if you control it well it’s okay to have some nerves on course.

“Yesterday I was more nervous because I played with Azahara [Muñoz] and she’s a really good player. Today I was more relaxed, my sister is my caddie, so she was speaking with me all the time and I played with Carla another Spanish amateur. I was relaxed until 15 when all the cameras were there, but I finished with a birdie so I can’t be happier than I am.”

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