Sunday 20 October 2019

Joy for Leona but Lisa misses out on European Q-School final

Leona Maguire. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Leona Maguire. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Brian Keogh

Leona Maguire heads to the Final Stage of the Ladies European Tour Q-School on a high after she compiled the lowest 72-hole total of her life to finish an impressive second in her pre-qualifier in Morocco.

While was disappointment for her twin sister Lisa, who bogeyed two of her last three to miss out by two strokes on five-over after a fourth round 73, Leona (24) closed with a five-under 67 to finish six strokes behind Sweden's Linnea Strom on 17-under par at Amelkis Golf Club in Marrakesh.

"It's the lowest total I've had for four rounds ever gives me good confidence and momentum heading into finals," said Leona, who will concentrate on the second tier Symetra Tour in the US next season.

"[Coach] Shane [O'Grady] and I found something with my putting after Spain that helped a lot this week. I took advantage of the par fives more this week which I've been working on."

Strom (22) posted rounds of 66, 69, 62 and 68 to top the qualifiers on 23-under par as 38 players made it through to the 90-hole Final Stage, which begins at Amelkis Golf Club and Palm Golf Ourika this Sunday.

Meanwhile, Ryder Cup hero Francesco Molinari was named 2018 Hilton European Tour Golfer of the Year after a momentous season that saw him win the BMW PGA, The Open Championship and the Race to Dubai.

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