This Much I Know: Golfer Leona Maguire

This Much I Know: Golfer Leona Maguire

Pursuing my passion as my job has been a dream come true.

I was relatively shy growing up, but being involved in sports helped me to come out of my shell more and more. I loved playing on teams and meeting new friends in that way.

I grew up in a competitive household and we all loved playing every sort of sport or game with and against one another. Anything from Monopoly to Cluedo to a game of crazy golf was competitive.

Being a professional golfer, I have developed a strong sense of self-discipline over the last few years. I am effectively my own boss when I am training and practicing, so I hold myself to the highest of standards when it comes to the development of my game. I love routine and structure and I feel as though setting plans and schedules helps me to maximise my time with greater efficiency.

My earliest memory is going to Cavan GAA matches with my dad and my sister. We would go to every match, wear our county colours, and cheer madly when the lads scored.

Maintaining some work/life balance can be very difficult especially when I travel so much and play a sport where you can never achieve perfection. It is difficult to take a break when you are constantly trying to improve an area of your game even by the smallest of margins.

The best advice I’ve received is that everything happens for a reason, even though it might not seem like it at the time — as my dad often says, “if it’s for you, it won’t go by you”.

The trait I most admire is a strong work ethic. Someone who is determined to achieve their goals no matter what obstacles are put in the way. I also admire people who go out of their way to make a difference in the world and in the lives of others, especially those less fortunate.

My main fault is that I am a perfectionist at heart. Knowing where to draw the line when it comes to seeking perfection can be difficult, especially in a skill-based sport like golf.

My idea of happiness is being outside playing or watching sport with my family and friends, laughing, and eating some good home-cooked food.

My idea of misery would be trading my life on the golf course for a desk job.

If I could be reborn as someone else for a day I’d be Simone Biles — I think she is just an incredible athlete.

The thing I find most irritating about other people is two-facedness.

My biggest challenge has been attending college full time [Duke University in North Carolina] while also trying to play golf at an elite level.

My faith is a very important part of my life, and I truly do believe in a higher power that is greater than all of us on earth. I would like to think that there is an afterlife and that I will see all my loved ones that have gone before me again.

I would like to think my hand-eye coordination is my main skill — It’s fairly refined at this point. Anything that involves using ball, club, or stick is usually right up my alley.

My greatest fear is snakes. I have seen a few of them on golf courses recently, and regularly when I play in Australia.

I am definitely a morning person. I love getting up early in the morning to train and get all my work done during the morning and afternoons when it’s bright outside.

So far, life has taught me that nothing is impossible as long as you set your mind to it and just go after it with everything that you have.

Davy ambassador Leona Maguire visited the was in theDavy offices where she spoke to staff, clients, and their children, about balancing the performance, business, and personal elements of elite sport

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