After taking the top spot in the Women’s Amateur Golf Rankings and helping her Duke Blue Devils to the semi-finals of the NCAA Women’s Championship this week, 2013 Spirit Player Leonna Maguire also took home the ANNIKA award on May 25. This award is named after golf superstar Annika Sorenstam, and is given to the most outstanding female collegiate golfer for the year. Leonna is just in her first year at Duke.
In her debut season at Duke, Leona Maguire won three tournaments among a total of eight top-5 finishes. The freshman from Ireland added another line to her resume May 25 by winning the ANNIKA Award, given to the top player in women’s college golf.
Maguire, Golfweek‘s top-ranked player and the top player in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, won the award by a vote from her peers plus coaches and select media members. She is only the second winner of the award but also the second freshman. Alison Lee won last year at the end of her first season with UCLA.
Maguire helped lead Duke to three team victories this season. At Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla., at this week’s NCAA Championship, Maguire shot 2-under 286 to help Duke secure the second spot on the team leaderboard and advance to match play. She tied for second individually.