Maguire fights on but finishes outside top-50 at Zimmer Biomet

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Leona Maguire / Image from Symetra Tour

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Leona Maguire didn’t have her best stuff over the closing rounds at the inaugural Zimmer Biomet Championship hosted by Nancy Lopez but that didn’t stop the Cavan native from trying her best, finishing in a tie for 51st.

Maguire had been T11 after day one and then T18 after day two had a horror-show on day three where she carded a seven-over par 79 and there was no way back from there, although her hard fought level par 72 on the final day showed her tenacious spirit remained intact and she still maintains a healthy lead of $20,000+ on the Volvik race for the Card over her nearest challenger Julietta Granada

At the top of the leaderboard a final round 1-under par 71 was enough for Nuria Iturrios (Mallorca, Spain) to clinch a wire-to-wire victory and she stepped into the winner’s circle for the first time in her Symetra Tour career.

The victory is the latest in a string of successes for Iturrios over the last month. Within a week between the end of April and early May, the 23-year-old captured back-to-back titles on the Ladies European Tour (LET) in the Lalla Meryem Cup and Omega Dubai Moonlight Classic.

“I guess I like the big purses,” Iturrios said laughingly. “It’s so good to win again and I’m so happy with my work from the offseason. I feel great and want to keep going like this. I’m putting really good and I want to keep enjoying these moments, doing the work to get here.”

With the support of LPGA Tour and World Golf Hall of Famer Nancy Lopez, this event featured the largest purse in Symetra Tour history of $300,000. In turn, it provided the biggest winner’s payout ever on the “Road to the LPGA” at $45,000.

“I think it’s a really good thing that she helped make this event possible,” said Iturrios. “Really good for us to have her as an idol and I hope she can help create more events like this. We really enjoyed the tournament and it would be great to win more like this. I have to play like this again with a lot of weeks to go, but my goal is LPGA Tour as soon as possible.”

Following the eighth tournament of the 2019 Symetra Tour season, the Volvik Race for the Card welcomes a fresh top-10.

The victory and $45,000 winner’s checque move Nuria Iturrios up 33 places to No. 3, having earned $53,508 across seven starts this season.

Here is a look at the current top-10 heading into the second annual Valley Forge Invitational at Raven’s Claw Golf Club in Pottstown, Pa. from May 31-June 2:

1. Leona Maguire (County Cavan, Ireland) – $74,993
2. Julieta Granada (Asuncion, Paraguay) – $54,802

3. Nuria Iturrios – $53,508
4. Jillian Hollis (Rocky River, Ohio) – $39,885
5. Perrine Delacour (Paris, France) – $38,011
6. Maddie Szeryk – $33,631

7. Maria Parra (Guadiaro, Spain) – $33,221
8. Min Seo Kwak (Seoul, Republic of Korea) – $31,661
9. Cydney Clanton (Concord, North Carolina) – $31,204
10. Ssu-Chia Cheng (Taipei, Chinese Taipei) – $28,022

MEANWHILE, on the main LPGA Tour, Ireland’s Stephanie Meadow returned a final round 67 at the Pure Silk Championship to finish on four-under for the tournament and in T43 position, 13 shots behind overall winner Bronte Law.

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