Duke’s Leona Maguire Wins Second Annika Award

While the LPGA is certainly not lacking in young talent, it may not be long before they get to boast another teen superstar.

 
Leona Maguire, a junior at Duke University, won the Annika Award, one of the most prestigious honors in college golf, for the second time in the past three years.

Nearly turning pro after last season, Maguire opted to play one more season at Duke, one in which put together another phenomenal season. She finished the season #1 in the women’s college golf rankings.


Bullets

  • The Best: The Annika Award, named for LPGA legend Annika Sorenstam, was introduced in 2014, with Duke’s Leona Maguire winning it for a second time. She previous won in 2015. The award is voted on by college golfers, coaches, and media.
  • Impressive Season: In ten 2016-17 starts, Maguire finished T6 or better in all 10, with three victories, two second-place finishes, and three thirds.
  • Duke Degree: Maguire nearly turned pro last year, eventually withdrawing from the final stage of Q-School, with plans to graduate from Duke next spring.
  • Go Low: Maguire had a 70.29 scoring average, the best of anyone in women’s college golf since Lorena Ochoa had a 70.13 average in 2001.

Quotable

“She is probably the smartest player I have ever coached.”
Dan Brooks, Duke golf coach


Joel Cook

Joel Cook is Pro Golf Weekly's Lead Writer. He is a member of the Golf Writer's Association of America.



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