It’s been a positive end to the year for Leona Maguire.
Having turned professional earlier in 2018, the Irishwoman fell short in her bid to secure an LPGA Tour card, finishing 37th in the ultra-competitive Symetra Tour, Stateside.
It’s still been a superb season at both amateur and professional level for Maguire however, with the latest encouraging result coming at the season-ending Andalucia Open de Espana on the Ladies European Tour.
The 23-year-old shot her first under par round of the week on Sunday at La Quinta, with a two-under 69 taking her to +1 overall, good enough for a tied 18th finish.
The impressive bogey-free round contained two birdies in the last four holes. The event was claimed by now three-time LET winner Anne Van Dam, who at -13 won by three shots ahead of home favourite Azahara Munoz.
The Spaniard, who has won this event for the past two iterations, cut the gap to just two shots after 15 holes. But a costly tee shot to the par three 16th went over the back of the green and rolled down a steep hill to force her to hit a provisional.
The resulting double bogey ultimately put paid to her three-in-a-row ambitions.
🚨 Dutch Double in Spain 🚨
— Ladies European Tour (@LETgolf) November 25, 2018
This is Maguire’s first European Tour event as a professional, and while T18 is an excellent return for a debut, it’s far from her first taste of action on the European front.
Her best result on the Tour came way back in 2015, when the then-prodigious amateur finished runner up at the Ladies European Masters.
It’s merely a snapshot of her remarkable talent, and now with months of professional experience to call on, Maguire is all set to have a fantastic 2019.