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Leona Maguire wins LPGA tour card in the final tournament

By Brian Keogh  

Leona Maguire

Maguire (24), who tied for 33rd in the season-ending Symetra Tour Championship in Daytona Beach to win the seventh of 10 cards awarded to the leading money winners on the second tier tour.

“It's a dream come true," said the Co Cavan native, who claimed two wins and seven top 10 finishes from 16 starts.

“It's something I've been working towards for so long. It's been a season packed with so many great memories, and I cannot wait for the new season to start."

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The Symetra Tour Graduation Class

Following one of the most storied collegiate careers in NCAA history, Leona Maguire made her debut on the Symetra Tour at the 2018 Forsyth Classic presented by Decatur Park District and tied for third. Over 28 starts since then, she played the weekend 23 times.

That stretch includes 11 consecutive cuts made to open 2019, as well as wins in the Windsor Golf Classic and Symetra Classic.

Maguire owns the all-time record for weeks (135) at No. 1 in the Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking.

The four-time WGCA First Team All-American was also a four-time All-ACC selection, three-time ACC Player of the Year, two-time WGCA and ANNIKA National Player of the Year, and two-time runner-up at the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship for Duke University.

Furthermore, Maguire competed in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games with a tied for 21st showing to tie for low amateur. 

Maguire on earning 2019 LPGA Tour card: “It means a lot. I suppose it has been about a year-and-a-half in the works. It was nice to get those two wins early in the year, which set me up pretty nicely. I didn’t really play my best golf towards the end of the season, but a big week last week helped a lot coming into this week.

It was a little close this week. The first two days the leaderboard got a bit bunched, but it was nice to be able to finish it off with a good round today. I’m excited for next year.”

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