Saturday, April 16, 2016

Leona Maguire lying third in ACC 


GREENSBORO, North Carolina – The ACC Women’s Golf Championship opened Friday opened with Duke University  tied second overall with a six-over-par, 294, at the 6,089-yard, par 72 Sedgefield Country Club.  
The Blue Devils trail Virginia by 11 strokes, after the Cavaliers fired a five-under-par, 283, in round one.
Following Virginia (283), Wake Forest (294), Duke (294), NC State (297), North Carolina (298), Clemson (298), Florida State (299), Miami (301), Boston College (304), Notre Dame (304), Louisville (311) and Virginia Tech (320) closed out the field.
Wake Forest’s Jennifer Kupcho and Virginia’s Lauren Coughlin each carded six-under-par rounds of 66 to take the individual lead.
Thanks to three birdies over her final four holes, Blue Devil sophomore Leona Maguire from Ireland - the world's No 1 female amateur -  turned in a team-best two-under-par 70 and is third overall with 36 holes remaining. 
 The reigning ACC individual champion, Maguire opened her day with pars on her first four holes, including a key up-and-down from off the green on the 138-yard, par three third.
“The wind got up quite a bit today and I probably didn’t get off to as good of start as I would have liked,” said Maguire.  “The front nine here is definitely more challenging so I knew there would be chances on the back nine. I am just happy that I took them on the last four.  I am in pretty good shape heading into the weekend.”
Maguire, who hails from Cavan, Ireland, suffered bogeys on No. 5 and No. 7 to drop to two-over-par.  

She went on to make back-to-back birdies on No. 9 and No. 10 to get back to even par.  After a bogey on the challenging 402-yard, par four 14th, Maguire went on a roll with a tap-in birdie on No. 15 and back-to-back birdies on the 17th and 18th to close at two-under-par.
“There were definitely tricky pin positions out there today,” commented Maguire.  
“There were a few of them just sitting out there on the edges of slopes so you had to be at the right spots. I was on the right side of some and the wrong side of others.  It is a tough golf course and you have to play good golf around here and score well. I did that pretty well today and hopefully a little better tomorrow.  We will see what happens.”
Seeing action in her second tournament of the spring, sophomore Lisa Maguire, Leona's twin sister,  held an even-par score through 11 holes as she posted four birdies.  Maguire registered three straight birdies on No. 9, No. 10 and No. 11.  She rolled in a 30-footer on the ninth and then under 10-foot putts on the 10th and 11th.  Maguire was four-over-par during her final seven holes to finish with a 76.  She hit 12 greens, eight fairways and had 35 putts on day one.
Senior Celine Boutier struggled from the opening hole and ended up with an 81 in round one.  Boutier, who is from Montrouge,  a suburb of Paris, France, played her final four holes at one-under-par, which was keyed by a tap-in birdie on No. 15.

Duke Results
3 Leona Maguire Duke 70 -2
T12 Virginia Elena Carta Duke 74 +2
T12 Sandy Choi Duke 74 +2
T27 Lisa Maguire Duke 76 +4
T52 Celine Boutier Duke 81 +9
Team Scores
1 Virginia 283 -5
T2 Wake Forest 294 +6
T2 Duke 294 +6
4 North Carolina State 297 +9
T5 North Carolina 298 +10
T5 Clemson 298 +10
7 Florida State 299 +11
8 Miami 301 +13
9 Boston College 304 +16
10 Notre Dame 310 +22
11 Louisville 311 +23
12 Virginia Tech 320 +32


- T1 Jennifer Kupcho Wake Forest 66 -6
- T1 Lauren Coughlin Virginia 66 -6
- 3 Leona Maguire Duke 70 -2
- T4 Daniela Darquea Miami 71 -1
- T4 Naomi Ko North Carolina State 71 -1
- T4 Lauren Diaz-Yi Virginia 71 -1
- T7 Sydney Legacy Clemson 72 E
- T7 Anna Redding Virginia 72 E
- T9 Marisa Messana Clemson 73 +1
- T9 Elizabeth Mallett North Carolina 73 +1
- T9 Matilda Castren Florida State 73 +1

- T18 Rachael Taylor North Carolina State 75 +3
- T18 India Clyburn North Carolina State 75 +3

- T27 Lisa Maguire Duke 76 +4
- T38 Alice Hewson Clemson 77 +5