Mod­est am­bi­tions

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lot of get­ting used to for the Ir­ish­woman.

Asked to name the big­gest les­son she has learned since turn­ing pro, she replied: “I think just get­ting used to life on tour. There’s been a lot of travel and a lot of events, all back to back.

“I think one of the big things in the am­a­teur game is the events are a lot more spread out and hav­ing started the sea­son half­way in and missed the first half of the sea­son I had to catch up a lit­tle bit and so I had a six-week run of events all in a row that I had never done be­fore.

“So it was ad­just­ing to that and the dif­fer­ent things that come with that. Play­ing in proams and dif­fer­ent golf courses every week, dif­fer­ent grasses and travel and all the ad­just­ments with that, it just takes a lit­tle bit of learn­ing to fig­ure it out.

“Hav­ing to plan out my weeks, whether it’s a Fri­day start or a Thurs­day start, whether I’m in the pro-am or not, and plan­ning out my prac­tice rounds and my prac­tice sched­ule. So it def­i­nitely took some ad­just­ments.”

Hav­ing a strong sup­port in place is cru­cial on both sides of pro-am di­vide and Maguire is now grate­ful to have added the Mod­est! Golf man­age­ment com­pany, set up by Niall Ho­ran, to her team.

“I’m very for­tu­nate to have good peo­ple around me, start­ing at home. My par­ents have sac­ri­ficed a lot to get my­self and Lisa to where we are and that’s con­tin­ued into the pro­fes­sional game.

Shane (O’grady) has been with me now for 10 years and now Mark (Mc­don­nell) and all the guys at Mod­est! as well have been a tremen­dous help, sort­ing out a lot of the de­tail that comes along with pro­fes­sional golf.

“I’m very lucky to have the team that I have to help make that tran­si­tion as smooth as pos­si­ble.”

And while Maguire con­tin­ues her am­bas­sado­rial role with the 20x20 cam­paign to in­crease fe­male par­tic­i­pa­tion, at­ten­dance and me­dia cov­er­age across all sports by 20 per cent by the year 2020, she also has a firm idea of where she wants her own game to be by then.

“A lot can hap­pen in two years. I’d love to be out on the LPGA and play­ing every week out there and the Olympics will be com­ing up again in 2020 in Tokyo. I had a fan­tas­tic ex­pe­ri­ence in Rio so I would love to have the op­por­tu­nity to play in the Olympics again.

“So, just try and im­prove. The past six months has been a big learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for me, so just try and im­prove my game and get out onto the LPGA and keep play­ing in ma­jors. That’s my goal for 2020.”

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