Leona Maguire will be, officially, referred to as a rookie throughout this season on the European Tour, yet the Cavan native is far from inexperienced as she tees it up for her season opener in Australia this week.

The former world amateur number one gained her Ladies European Tour card at Q School late last year, finishing fifth to secure the highest category card available for the 2019 season.

And while the Tour opened in a reduced-field event last month in Abu Dhabi, this week's event, The Pacific Bay Resort Australian Ladies Classic in Bonville, sees Maguire play her first event on the European circuit since securing her card as a professional.

But the 24-year-old has been here before.

Twelve years ago, in fact, when the Slieve Russell golfer played on Tour as a 12-year-old, alongside twin sister Lisa at the Northern Ireland Open back in 2007.

Likewise, Maguire played many Tour events on both the Ladies PGA Tour in America and on the European equivalent throughout a stellar amateur career, including a top-25 finish at the British Open in 2016.

But now, less than nine months on from turning professional, Maguire is right on track to replicate her amateur successes on the professional circuit and the Duke University graduate will be looking to hit the ground running at the New South Wales event.

"I’m looking forward to it," said Maguire, speaking to the Ladies European Tour.

"It’s nice to start the year somewhere warm and good and I’m lucky that I have a good enough category to get into as many events as I want, which is a really nice place to start the year.

"I’m looking forward to seeing a lot of faces that I haven’t seen in a while, juniors and amateurs."

Maguire has not enjoyed too much down time since securing her card via the qualifying school in Morocco just five days before Christmas, and the former Curtis Cup player played a recent LPGA Tour event, also in Australia, earlier this month.

And Maguire admits that she has not made too many changes to her game in the meantime, however, there will be a new caddie for 2019, as Darren Clarke's Open winning bag man John Mulrooney joins the team.

"I was at home for three or four weeks for Christmas and I stopped off in Dubai on the way here. It’s been the shortest off-season I’ve had, so I haven’t changed much. I’m happy with how it is and looking forward to getting started," she said.

"I’m technically a rookie but I don’t feel like it too much. I’ll learn the golf courses and how it all works as I go along. The Irish Opens and majors that I’ve played in will help me along the way."

The tournament starts on Thursday morning, with Maguire teeing it up at 8am (local time) alongside local golfer Whitney Hillier and Jenny Haglund from Sweden.