Irish golfer Leona Maguire has returned home to Co Cavan, following her first professional win.

A homecoming took place at the Slieve Russell golf club in Ballyconnell this evening for the 24-year-old.

Leona Maguire secured her first pro win last week at the Windsor Golf Classic in California in what is her second season in the professional ranks.

Maguire fired a final round of 65 to move to the head of the leaderboard at 12 under par, but a birdie from Pajaree Anannarukarn of Thailand forced a deciding hole.

The 2016 Olympian then made a birdie to win in style.

The Cavan golfer claimed the $22,500 winner’s share of the $150,000 total purse.

"It was a long time coming, I knew I was close for a few weeks and I had been playing some really good golf but to get that first win is always nice and it’s something that I'll never forget."

Leona and her twin sister Lisa took up golf together. Their father Declan said the hard work has finally paid off.

"It's been a tough couple of years for Leona and Lisa, trying to make it on to the pro game, it’s never easy to get a win at this stage but this gives her a little bit of a cushion and a good chance to get her LFGA card. We're delighted it's gone so well, so quickly."

This evening her twin sister Lisa said she was delighted for Leona but admitted that their sibling rivalry is alive and well.

"There was always a lot of competition between the two us growing up, definitely a friendly rivalry. We are both our biggest competitors and our biggest supporters, so that's always nice".

Back at the Slieve Russell this evening Leona Maguire said it was wonderful to share her success with those who have followed her career.

"It's nice to be able to share this win with everyone here and know we have such great support here" she said.

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