“We Met via Text” – Lucas Glover and Leona Maguire Share Unlikely Success at Grant Thornton Invitational

Lucas Glover and Leona Maguire (Image via Cliff Hawkins)

Despite entering the 2023 Grant Thornton Invitational as underdogs, Lucas Glover and Leona Maguire defied expectations and captivated the golfing world with their impressive performances. The duo finished the first round of the event just one shot behind the leaders, Tony Finau and Nelly Korda, surprising many who did not consider them among the favorites.

With a remarkable 15-under-57 round, Maguire and Glover found themselves tied for second place with the pairing of Megan Khang and Denny McCarthy. Notably, most participating pairs this week share common coaches, but Maguire and Glover bucked this trend. Glover revealed during a press conference that their partnership began through a text connection, and they met for the first time at Tiburon on Tuesday.

Discussing their unexpected synergy at the Grant Thornton Invitational, Glover expressed, “I think they just assigned us to each other, and we met via text and went from there, played some Tuesday.”

Maguire and Glover’s first-round performance included eight birdies on the front nine and four on the back, complemented by one eagle, resulting in a score of 57. While Korda and Finau led the leaderboard with a score of 16-under, Maguire and Glover’s impressive display hinted at their potential to be formidable contenders.

The Grant Thornton Invitational boasts a high-caliber field of 16 teams comprising both LPGA and PGA Tour players. As the inaugural edition of the tournament, it is scheduled to conclude on Sunday, December 10.

The second round of the 2023 Grant Thornton Invitational will see Leona Maguire and Lucas Glover tee off on Saturday, December 9, at 12:34 p.m. ET. They are set to start their game alongside the tournament leaders, Nelly Korda and Tony Finau.

Finau and Korda, who shot 14 birdies and one eagle on Friday, currently hold top positions on the leaderboard. Commenting on their performance, Finau noted (via the tournament’s official website), “Lexi pulls a 9-iron and gets it to the hole. I was between 8 and 9. I was like, she hit a 9, I can’t hit an 8. So they obviously hit the ball very solid, very flush. I would say they hit it a lot straighter than the men, than we do on our tour. They’re just so solid. I don’t know how else to describe it.”

The second round is scheduled to commence at 11:10 a.m. ET, with Andrea Lee and Billy Horschel taking the first shots of the day. They will be grouped with Cheyenne Knight and Tom Hoge.

Tee times for the second round of the 2023 Grant Thornton Invitational (all times in ET) are as follows:

11:10 a.m. – Lee/Horschel and Knight/Hoge
11:22 a.m. – Boutier/English and Reid/Henley
11:34 a.m. – Thompson/Fowler and Vu/Dahmen
11:46 a.m. – Henderson/Conners and Sagstrom/Aberg
11:58 a.m. – Hull/Rose and Corpuz/Champ
12:10 p.m. – Yin/Taylor and Ko/Day
12:22 p.m. – Khang/McCarthy and Zhang/Theegala
12:34 p.m. – Korda/Finau and Maguire/Glover