MARRAKESH, MOROCCO — After playing 90 holes of Ladies European Tour final stage qualifying, it took an extra hole to determine the five golfers who received their full Ladies European Tour card for the 2019 campaign at the Amelkis Golf Club in Marrakesh, Morocco.
Duke University 2018 graduate Leona Maguire and Sarah Nilsson each finished the five rounds of qualifying at 13-under-par, 347, to tie for fifth and went to a playoff to determine who earned their card. On the first playoff hole, Maguire drained a 15-foot birdie putt to claim Category 5c status, which secures entry into the majority of tournaments next season on the LET circuit.
“I’m delighted,” commented Maguire. “I knew going into the playoff that one spot would make a huge difference for next year. I’m just delighted that I could birdie it and get that fifth spot. I’m excited to play with some new golfers in new places.”
Bronte Law carded a 26-under, 334, to earn medalist honors, while Linnea Strom (-25), Esther Henseleit (-18), Sian Evans (-16) and Maguire rounded out the five golfers who earned full status.
Maguire, who hails from Cavan, Ireland, turned in rounds of 68, 70, 70, 72 and 67 to finish at 13-under. Her round of 67 was bogey free as she notched birdies on No. 6, No. 8, No. 10, No. 12 and No. 16.
“I think I’ll go home and enjoy Christmas with the family and plan my schedule in the new year,” said Maguire. “I’d like to win an event. This is my first year as a pro and the last few months, so it will be good to get my first year under my belt and see where that takes me.”