Leona Maguire is an Irish professional golfer. Maguire currently plays on the Ladies European Tour and LPGA Tour. She previously played on the Symetra Tour where she won two events. She holds the record for sitting at number one on the women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking for 135 weeks. She was ranked 1st in the ranking from May 2015 to May 2016 and from August 2016 to February 2018. She also holds the record for lowest ever score in the final round of a major by any golfer, male or female. She currently ranks at No. 43 in the Women’s World Golf Rankings.
She is the twin sister of Lisa Maguire, who is also a professional golfer.
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What is Leona Maguire Famous For?
- An Irish professional golfer.
Where is Leona Maguire From?
Leona Maguire was born on 30 November 1994. Her birth place is in County Cavan in Ireland. She holds an Irish nationality. She was born to her father, Declan Maguire, and her mother, Breda Maguire. She has two siblings, a sister, Lisa, and a brother, Odhran. She belongs to white ethnicity and her religion is Christianity.
Leona Maguire Career
- Leona Maguire started her Amateur golf career in March 2005.
- She made her amateur debut at the Castle Hume golf course in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh. She played off a handicap of 36.
- She won the 10th HSBC British Wee Wonders Championship by 11 shots at the Balgove Course, St Andrews, Scotland, with a finishing round of 61.
- She finished runner-up to her sister Lisa in the Young Masters Golf Junior Series at La Manga in Spain in November 2005.
- She finished joint third in the U12 World Golf Championships at Pinehurst in August 2006. Her sister, Lisa defeated over 800 competitors from 30 countries to become the new U12 world champion.
- She won the Hermitage Ladies Scratch Cup in May 2007.
- In 2007, she also won the St. Leonard’s Scottish U-16 Open; Connacht Girls U-18 Championship; Ulster U-19 Schools Championship; The Darren Clarke 2007 Girls Championship; Girls Interprovincial Championship.
- She finished runner-up in the Midland and Leinster Championships in 2007.
- She won the French U18 International title in Paris in 2008.
- She defended the Hermitage Ladies Scratch Cup in 2008.
- She won the Lancome Irish Ladies Close Championship in May 2008. Her sister Lisa won the Lancome Irish Girls Close Championship in July 2008.
- She finished runner-up to her sister Lisa at the European Young Masters at Chantilly in July 2008.
- The twin sisters were qualified for the European Junior Ryder Cup Team.
- The twin sisters were named jointly as the Women’s Amateur of the Year at the AIB Irish Golf Writers’ awards for 2008.
- She won the French International Lady Juniors U21 Amateur in April 2009.
- She won the Helen Holm Scottish Women’s Open Amateur Stroke Play Golf Championship in April 2009.
- Ireland won the European Championships for the first time in Irish golfing history, when Team Ireland defeated Finland in the final in July 2009. Leona and her sister Lisa were part of the Ireland team.
- She won the Irish Ladies Golf Union Order of Merit award for 2009.
- She won the second consecutive title at the French U21 Open in April 2010. She also retained the Esmond Trophy.
- She was awarded the European Ladies’ Amateur Golf Ranking’s silver medal in 2010.
- She won the Portuguese International Ladies Amateur Championship by 15 strokes in January 2011.
- She won the second consecutive French U21 title, Irish Women’s Open Strokeplay title, and Ladies’ British Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship in 2011.
- She was awarded the European Ladies’ Amateur Golf Ranking’s silver medal.
- Leona and her sister Lisa were named jointly as the Women’s Amateur of the Year at the AIB Irish Golf Writers’ awards for 2011.
- won the Irish Women’s Close Amateur Championship at the County Louth Golf Club, for the second time in her career in June 2012.
- She won the Hermitage Scratch Cup at Hermitage Golf Club in Lucan, Dublin in 2013.
- She left secondary school at Loreto College, Cavan in Ireland with top scholastic honors and joined Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, the U.S in 2014.
- She reached the World Amateur Golf Ranking number one in May 2015.
- She helped Duke to win the NCAA South Bend Regional title in 2015.
- She was voted the ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference) Player of the Year and ACC Freshman of the Year.
- She was also picked for the ACC All-Star team.
- She also won ACC Golfer of the Month awards for both March and April in 2015.
- She won the 2015 Annika Award for the best golfer of the year in American college women’s golf in May 2015.
- She was chosen as a member of the South Bend Region All-Star team in May 2015.
- She was honored both as the WGCA Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year for 2015 and was also chosen on the 2015 WGCA All-American team.
- She was also the recipient of the 2014–15 Golfstat Cup presented to the player who has the best scoring average.
- She also tied the Duke record of 24 par rounds or better in a season and tied the Duke record for most wins in a season with three.
- She won the Golfweek National Player of the Year award and also was selected to Golfweek First Team All-America in June 2015.
- She was named on the WGCA 2015 All-American Scholar Team in July.
- She was invited as a guest amateur to play in the European Ladies Tour’s ISPS Handa Ladies European Masters held at Buckinghamshire Golf Club, Denham, England on 2–5 July. She finished second but could not accept the 2nd place prize money as an amateur.
- She was awarded the Mark H. McCormack Medal given annually to the number one ranked female amateur player in the world in August.
- She finished as a leading amateur and became the first woman ever from the Republic of Ireland to make the cut in a major.
- She was awarded the European Ladies’ Amateur Golf Ranking’s gold medal in September.
- She won the Smyth Salver in July 2016 when she finished as the leading amateur at the Ricoh Women’s British Open, one of the major championships.
- She regained her world number one amateur ranking in August 2016 after earning points at the British Open.
- She was awarded the Mark H. McCormack Medal given annually to the number one ranked female amateur player in the world in August 2016.
- She helped Ireland to a third-place bronze medal in the 2016 Espirito Santo Trophy.
- Maguire was awarded the European Ladies’ Amateur Golf Ranking’s gold medal for the second successive year.
- She helped Duke win the East Lake Cup held at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia, USA in November.
- She announced to turn professional after the Brazil Olympics.
- She helped the Duke to win the team title in 2017. She won LSU Tiger Golf Classic.
- She won the ACC Championship for the second time in her career in April 2017 and helped Duke to win the ACC team title.
- She was voted the ACC Women’s Golfer of the Year for the second time in her career in May.
- She was named the USA Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) National Player of the Year for the second time in three years in May.
- She won the British Ladies Amateur Golf Championship for the first time in June.
- She was named the ACC Women’s Golf Scholar-Athlete of the Year in June.
- She won the Golfweek National Player of the Year award for the second time in her career in June.
- She was awarded the 2017 Edith Cummings Munson Golf Award by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) in July.
- She was awarded the Mark H. McCormack Medal given annually to the number one ranked female amateur golf player in the world in August.
- She helped Duke to win the team title, setting a new school team scoring record of 33-under par total of 819.
- She set a new Jim West Challenge tournament record for under par (-33) and 54-hole score (819).
- She was awarded the European Ladies’ Amateur Golf Ranking’s gold medal for the third successive year in October.
- She was named 2017 Global Golf Post Female Amateur of the Year in November.
- She was named the Irish Golf Writers’ Women’s Amateur of the Year and AmateurGolf.com Women’s Player of the Year for 2017.
- She broke Lydia Ko’s record for the most weeks at the top of the World Amateur rankings, with 131 weeks in January 2018.
- She was named as an honorary recipient of the ACC Weaver-James-Corrigan postgraduate scholarship in 2018, which is awarded to selected student-athletes who intend to pursue a graduate degree following completion of their undergraduate requirements.
- She was presented with the Duke University Lifetime Achievement Award in April 2018.
- She was awarded the ACC Plaque for Excellence, Scholarship, and Athletics in May.
- She was awarded the 2018 Edith Cummings Munson Golf Award by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) for the second year in a row in July.
- She turned professional in June 2018.
- Leona and her twin sister, Lisa signed to singer Niall Horan’s golf management company, Modest! Golf.
- She also signed sponsorship deals with Puma, Ping, Allianz, and KMPG.
- She made her professional debut on the LPGA Tour at the ShopRite LPGA Classic in June 2018. She finished in 15th place.
- She made her debut on the Symetra Tour at the Decatur-Forsyth Classic in June, finished in third place.
- She made her professional debut on the Ladies’ European Tour at the Andalucia Costa Del Sol Open De Espana Femenino in November.
- She entered the top 300 in the world ranking after she finished fourth in the IOA Championship on the Symetra Tour in April.
- She won her first professional tournament at the Windsor Golf Classic in Windsor, California in April 2019.
- She broke the course record at the LET Omega Dubai Moonlight Classic on the Faldo Course at Emirates Golf Club in Dubai in May. Her round of 64 was the lowest in her professional career.
- She secured her LPGA Tour card for the 2020 season by finishing seventh on the money list on the Symetra Tour.
- She was ranked 100 on the LPGA Priority List for the 2020 season.
- She achieved her first top-five finish as an LPGA professional with a fourth place in the ISPS Handa Vic Open at the 13th Beach Golf Links on the Bellarine Peninsula in Victoria in February 2020.
- She ended the year ranked number one on the LPGA Putting Average statistics list with an average of 28.69 putts per round, the first Irish golfer to achieve first place, and also the first alumna from Duke University to do so.
- She achieved her highest placing in an LPGA Tour event and also the highest ever by any Irish female golfer, with the joint second at the Lotte Championship, held in Kapolei, Oahu, Hawaii in April 2021.
- She entered the Women’s World Golf Rankings top 100 for the first time.
- She finished second to Nelly Korda at the Meijer LPGA Classic at the Blythefield Country Club, Grand Rapids, Michigan in June.
- She finished 13th in the 2021 Women’s British Open.
- She reached career-high number 43 in the world golf ranking.
- She was selected to represent Team Europe at the 2021 Solheim Cup.
- She broke the all-time rookie points record in either the Solheim Cup or the Ryder Cup with a total of 4.5 points, which helped Europe to win the cup.
Who is Leona Maguire Boyfriend?
Leona Maguire is not married yet. The Irish golfer is reportedly single at present. She maintains a private life regarding her personal life. There isn’t any information about her dating history. Any developments about her relationship status will be updated here.
How Tall is Leona Maguire?
Leona Maguire stands at the height of 1.68 m i.e. 5 feet and 6 inches tall. She has a body weight of around 130 lbs i.e. 59 kg. The Irish golfer has an athletic and slim body build. Her eye color is hazel and her hair color is black. Her sexual orientation is straight.
What is Leona Maguire Net Worth and Career Earnings?
Leona Maguire earns from her professional career as a golfer. Her income comes from prize money, contracts, endorsements, and sponsorships. When she turned professional in 2018, she signed sponsorship deals with Puma, Ping, Allianz, and KPMG. She passed the $1 million mark in career earnings in August 2021. As an amateur, she forfeited over $100,000 in prize money as a result of her amateur status. At present, her net worth is reportedly estimated at around 200k.