Belfast Telegraph

UK Website Of The Year

Home Sport Golf

Leona Maguire sure delaying plans to turn pro will help her succeed

By Liam Kelly

Published 24/11/2016

Staying amateur: Leona Maguire
Staying amateur: Leona Maguire

Leona Maguire, the world's No.1 female amateur, is opting out of the final stage of LPGA Qualifying School next week to remain in the unpaid ranks for the next 18 months.

Maguire, 22 next Wednesday, will concentrate on her golf and studies at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina until she graduates in 2018

She will then turn all her attention to gaining her playing rights on the LPGA Tour.

The Cavan golfer, who represented Ireland in the Olympics last summer and played the women's professional British and US Opens, came through stage three of the LPGA Q-School, but has decided not to take up her place in Daytona Beach next week.

Maguire announced her decision yesterday and said: "Upon considerable deliberation, I have decided to withdraw from stage three of LPGA Q-school and not pursue membership for 2017.

"This is not a decision I have taken lightly, but one that I feel is best for me in the pursuit of my long-term aspirations. I am thankful for the continuous support of my parents, friends, team-mates, coach Shane O'Grady, ILGU and everyone at Duke for their guidance.

"My dream is and always has been to compete alongside the world's best on the LPGA and this remains resolutely unchanged.

"It is my intention to turn professional after graduation in May 2018, and I look forward to enjoying many more unforgettable experiences representing Duke, Ireland and myself as an amateur golfer until then."

Belfast Telegraph

How to Complain

If you have a complaint about the editorial content of the Belfast Telegraph or Sunday Life then contact the Editor here. If you are not satisfied with the response provided then you can contact the Independent Press Standards Organisation here

Your Comments

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? customercare@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Read More

From Belfast Telegraph