In a world where male golfers dominate the sport, Leona Maguire is one to watch. With her unrivaled dominance and determination, she has earned herself a spot in history as the first ever female golfer to be undefeated in an international team tournament.
It was a chance for Team Ireland to compete in the Seve Trophy which is a tournament that honours one of golf’s favourite sons, Seve Ballesteros. Leona Maguire was part of an Irish team consisting of herself and her two brothers, Harry and Patrick. In the history of this event there has never been a woman included in the team.
In an interview with Des Cahill of RTÉ Sport, Maguire admitted that she was a little bit nervous going into the event but said she was excited to play alongside her brothers. In a very tight contest they beat Denmark by two points after being down by six going into the final day of play.
This tournament victory has been a long time coming for Leona. In 2014 she was the only finalist from an Irish team in the Junior Ryder Cup, and was also part of the victorious Team GB at the Curtis Cup earlier this year. But her most recent victory is by far her biggest yet.
In a country where women have had to fight for the right to vote, it is only fitting that Leona Maguire is part of a team that has made history with her inclusion.
With this win, she has shown the golfing world what girls are capable of when given the chance.
Her achievement in being part of an all-male team at international level has been receiving a lot of praise to which Maguire responded by saying that it’s not something that’s particularly difficult for her.
It’s probably not as big an achievement as people are making out, but if I can inspire anyone else to take up the sport then I’m delighted.
With this win, Leona Maguire has been proving to everyone that she is one of the best female golfers in the world. The next step for her now will be to improve and better herself as a golfer and see where that takes her.
As for Seve, he would be proud of Maguire’s achievement and we’re sure he’d smile at the thought that his legacy lives on.