Ireland & # 039; s Maguire leads first day-night pro event after setting the course record

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Maguire finished in style on the 18th, set against the Dubai Marina skyline Dubai First Lightlight first-round leaderboard-8 L Maguire (Ire); -6 O Cowan (Ger); -5 N Iturrios (Spa); -4 K Lampert (Ger), C Booth (Sco), C Hedwall (Swe); -3 K Henry (Sco), S Kemp (Aus), M Skarpnord (Nor), E Henseleit (Ger) Other selected: +1 T Johnson (Eng), B Morgan (Wal; +5 C Woods (US), A Boulden (Wal)

Leona Maguire from Ireland scored an eight-under-par-64 track record in the first professional day-night tournament.

The Dubai Moonlight Classic on the Ladies European Tour is held on a Door Nick Faldo designed Emirates Golf Club course with spotlights.

Each of the 56 players plays at least nine holes of one of the two opening rounds in the 54-hole tournament under the new environmentally friendly LED lights.

Maguire lowered a 25-foot birdie on the 18th under the lights to lead with two.

"It seems that night golf suits me, I can't really complain," said world number 237 Maguire, who made nine birdies and one bogey.

Maguire spent 135 weeks at the top of the amateur world ranking. jst of women, before becoming professional in June.

Asked about playing part of her round under spotlight, the 24-year-old said. "I adjusted fairly quickly, actually it was a lot better than I thought.

" The lights went on when we were 13 and 14, which was a bit tricky and then I played the last four holes really beautiful. "

Olivia Cowan from Germany is two shots behind Maguire after a bogey-free round of 66.

New LET number one Nuria Iturrios is back again in the third.

Carly Booth from Scotland is fourth with Caroline Hedwall and Karolin Lampert on four under.

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