Duke's Leona Maguire Presented with the ANNIKA Award for National Player of the Year

BRADENTON, Fla. (GoDuke.com) – Duke University freshman Leona Maguire has been named the 2015 winner of the ANNIKA Award as the National Player of the Year at the NCAA Championships in Bradenton, Fla.  The award was voted on by Division I women’s golf coaches, student-athletes and media.

Maguire, who hails from Cavan, Ireland, collected a school-record 70.78 stroke average, while notching eight top five and 10 top 10 placements out of 11 tournaments during her rookie campaign.  The ACC Player and Rookie of the Year totaled three victories on the season at the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate, ACC Championship and the South Bend Regional.

Her stroke average of 70.78 bested Duke alumna Amanda Blumenherst’s mark of 71.00 from the 2006-07 and 2007-08 campaigns.  Maguire equaled Blumenherst’s Blue Devil record of 24 rounds of even or under par as well from the 2005-06 season, while her nine top five finishes this season ranked tied third.

Maguire netted a team-best 10 rounds in the 60s and counted all 32 rounds during the 2014-15 campaign.  She registered a head-to-head mark of 894-54-13 on the year.   Maguire currently ranks No. 1 nationally in both the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings and the Golfstat Cup.

In the Duke freshman record books, Maguire closed the season ranking tied second in top five finishes (9), tied second in top 10 finishes (10), tied third in top 20 finishes (10), tied first in victories (3), first in stroke average (70.68) and tied first in even or under par rounds (24).

She helped lead Duke to three team titles, including the NCAA South Bend Regional along with a second finish in stroke play competition at the NCAA Championship.   The Blue Devils went on to advance to the match play semifinals before falling to Baylor, 3-2.