Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Leona Maguire finishes ninth in "Annika"

World No 1 female amateur Leona Maguire would have been disappointed to finish only tied ninth in a field of 60 for the Annika Intercollegiate which ended at the Reunion Resort's Watson Course Orlando, Florida earlier today.
The Duke University player from Ireland had rounds of 67, 72 and 72 for a total of five-under-par 211, seven shots off the pace.
Southern California players filled the first two places and contributed hugely to their university winning the team title honours.
Karen Chung won the individual title with three rounds of 69 for an aggregate of 12 under par 204, two shots ahead of team-mate of Robynn Ree (68-66-72)
British women's open amateur champion Celine Boutier (Duke) finished T13 on 213 with scores of 68, 73 and 73.
Charlotte Thomas (Washington) finished T16 on 214 with rounds of  71, 73 and 70.
A third GB and I international in the field, English champion Bronte Law (UCLA) finished T25 on 216 with socres of 73, 73 and 70.
828 Southern California
851 Arizona
854 Arkansas
856 Duke
867 UCLA (6th)
865 Washington (8th)  

Leona Maguire teed off the day with birdies on No. 1 and No. 6 and held a two-under-par score through eight holes.  Bogeys on No. 9 and No. 12 dropped her back to even par, before closing with a birdie on the 14th and a bogey on No. 18 along with four pars.  
She hit 13 fairways, 15 greens and had 33 putts in the final round.
Blue Devil senior Celine Boutier earned her 23rd career top 20 finish (in America) as she carded rounds of 68, 73, and 72 for a three-under-par, 213.  Boutier connected on a birdie at the 386-yard, par four No. 4 early in her round Tuesday, but suffered bogeys on No. 5, No. 7 and No. 9 to drop back to two-over. 
 A native of Montrouge, Paris, Boutier regrouped and rolled in birdies on No. 10, No. 12 and No. 15 to get back to one-under for the day.  She suffered a bogey on the 18th to finish at even par, while hitting eight fairways, 11 greens and rolling a team-best 28 putts. 

Firing Duke’s lowest round to close the tournament, sophomore Gurbani Singh notched a one-under, 71, on her way to placing tied 28th with a one-over-par, 217.  Singh, who is from New Delhi, India, rolled in three birdies during a span of eight holes in the middle of her round.  She hit 16 greens, 12 fairways and had 32 putts to close action. 

Freshman Virginia Elena Carta had an exciting finish with three birdies over her final five holes as she turned in her second consecutive round of 73.  A product of Udine, Italy, Carta placed tied 28th with a one-over, 217, over the 54 holes of play.  Carta dialed in her approach shots down the stretch that featured birdies on No. 14, No. 15 and No. 17.  She also had a lip out birdie chance on the 18th as well, while totaling a team-high five birdies.  Carta finished the day hitting 10 fairways, 16 greens and having 34 putts

Duke will next compete in Chapel Hill, N.C., from Oct. 9-11 at the Tar Heel Invitational.