It was a reunion that didn’t last as long as hoped for the Maguire twins as the pair’s return to the fairways as competitors was cut short by the halfway mark at the Lalla Meryem Cup.
With Leona and Lisa arriving in Morocco after enjoying some practice at home in Slieve Russell, the sisters opened with rounds of 76 and 81 across a seriously tough track in the Blue Course at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam.
And while Leona managed to dig deep to grind out a one-under par 71 that saw her move inside the top-15 at plus-one on a brutal scoring day in Morocco, Lisa’s hopes faded in the opposite direction as she posted a bitterly disappointing 86 on day two.
The pair have enjoyed very different levels of success since turning professional under the Modest! Golf umbrella last summer, and while Lisa would’ve been hoping to take advantage of a special invite to Agadir, it never came close to materialising for the struggling pro.
Yet, having traded blows with Leona through most of her amateur career, there’s no doubt that the talent remains within Lisa Maguire. By that same token, there’s no doubt her confidence has taken a massive hit, but it only takes one week in golf to turn everything around. Some would say that things can even turn on one swing and while the knives will be out after this latest disappointment, there’s a wave of support still out there for Lisa and a confidence behind it that says she will eventually turn things around.
Spaniard, Nuria Iturrios added a 71 to her opening 68 to lead the way by one, and Leona by eight, at seven-under par.