Irish golfers Leona and Lisa Maguire are amassing commercial brand partnerships at a rate that the biggest sporting bodies would have to admire.
Yesterday they were announced as having signed a new sponsorship deal with Wealth Management specialists Davy. The familiar red branding will appear on the twin’s shirt sleeves at this weekend’s IOA Championship in Beaumont, California, alongside those of KPMG, Allianz and Puma.
Leona Maguire recorded a top-five finish at the Natural Charity Classic in Florida just under two weeks ago and is playing at the very top of the professional game having done so at College level in the US in recent years.
Davy are now on board to play a key supporting role by providing the Maguire sisters with financial planning and consultation services.
The Maguires join fellow Irish golfer Paul Dunne in representing Davy on courses across the globe. The brand was also worn by All Ireland Club Hurling Champions Cuala when they defended their title in 2018.
“Davy is extremely proud to support people in their pursuit of achieving world-class outcomes, be it in business or in their personal lives,” said Brian McKiernan, CEO of Davy Group.
“As an Irish company, we are delighted to extend that support to two of the brightest and most ambitious young female golfers Ireland has ever seen, in Leona and Lisa Maguire.”
“We are confident both will make their mark on the world stage and look forward to working with them both as they endeavour to achieve success in the professional game.”
“I am proud to become a Davy ambassador and represent them on my travels across the world as a professional golfer, said Leona. “It’s great to be supported by such a successful Irish company and I’m looking forward to working closely with the Davy team.”
“We really appreciate the support and encouragement Davy have shown both Leona and I and we are both very excited about the future,” added Lisa.
“It’s great Davy are supporting young Irish talent and we cannot thank them enough for the belief they have shown in us.”
Leona Maguire has already enjoyed a fantastic start to her professional career, carding a pro-career best on the Symetra Tour under a fortnight ago, replicating the form which made her one of the most decorated amateur golfers in history.
She made her professional debut in June last year at the ShopRite LPGA Classic in Galloway, New Jersey (USA) where she finished in 15th place. She followed this appearance with a 3rd place finish at the Decatur-Forsyth Classic in Decatur, Illinois (USA) just one week later. Leona secured her place on 2019 Ladies European Tour in December, where she finished 5th in the Qualifying Finals Lalla Aicha Tour School at Marrakesh, Morocco, after impressively carding rounds of 68, 70, 70, 72, 67.
Leona is an ambassador for the 20X20 initiative representing KPMG.
Lisa Maguire shares an equally stellar amateur record, having excelled in the Duke Women’s Golf’s ACC Championships in 2017 and 2018, at Duke University. She won 16 amateur titles before turning professional in June of 2018, debuting alongside her sister at the ShopRite LPGA Classic.
There is a novelty factor in being twins and competing at such a high level. It’s the raw taelent and winning nature though that really makes these two talented golfers stand out.
You get the feeling that this is just the beginning for them.
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