Both Leona and Lisa Maguire take to the fairways of the Ladies European Tour this week as competitors once more after an unusually lengthy spell apart for the Cavan sisters.
After enjoying a homecoming at Slieve Russell last week following her maiden professional win on the Symetra Tour, Leona Maguire returns to the fairways of the Ladies European Tour in Morocco on Thursday alongside sister Lisa for the Lalla Meryem Cup.
The pair have enjoyed very different levels of success since turning professional under the Modest! Golf umbrella last summer, but with Lisa having secured an invite to Agadir, opportunity is aplenty for Ireland’s favourite golfing twins as they take on the Blue Course at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam while the men of the Main Tour tackle the Red Course concurrently for the 46th edition of the Trophee Hassan II.
April has proved a watershed month for Leona in paid company after she brilliantly birdied the first playoff hole to defeat Pajaree Anannarukarn and claim her first professional victory at the Symetra Tour’s Windsor Classic a fortnight ago. And things only improved last week for the Cavan star when she accepted a special exemption to compete in the 2019 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, June 18 – 23, at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota.
Unfortunately, the path hasn’t been paved so smooth for Lisa, who traded blows with her sister and even surpassed that of Leona’s talent for years as their pair practiced at the hip in Ballyconnell growing up. Yet while Leona collected the adulation of winning her first professional event and a $22,500 cheque to go with it Stateside, Lisa was in France making the cut at a LET Access Series event, dragging her own bag on a trolley and picking up a cheque worth €363.25 for the performance.
But things can change quickly in golf and starts are everything. Both players will tee up on Thursday alongside 124 others with equal opportunity at the €450,000 event that will see them share a players’ lounge and practice facilities with their counterparts from the men’s Tour. Whatever happens, there’ll be no shortage of motivation for either Maguire in Morocco.
All the action tees off tomorrow and runs from the 25th to the 28th of April.