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Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Maguire Opens Strong at Windy City Classic

From the Duke coach

October 3, 2016

GOLF, Ill. – With nine birdies in two rounds, Duke University junior Leona Maguire jumped out to a hot start Monday in the 2016 Windy City Collegiate Classic.  Maguire holds a nine-under-par, 136, with 18 holes remaining at the 6,338-yard, Glen View Golf Club in Golf, Ill.

A native of Cavan, Ireland, Maguire opened the day with six birdies over 18 holes and led early in the first round.  She played bogey-free over her first 27 holes, before suffering a lone birdie on hole, No. 2, which was her 28th hole of the day.  Maguire rebounded with a birdie on the 164-yard, par three second hole and then closed the long day with a birdie on the 350-yard, par four ninth.  She carded rounds of 66 and 70 for the total of 136.

Maguire only missed one green in the first round, while hitting all 14 fairways and logging 29 putts.  She once again didn’t miss a fairway in the second round, hit 14 greens and rolled 30 putts.  Over her first 90 holes of golf this season, Maguire has missed only two fairways.

Georgia’s Bailey Tardy leads the individual action with a nine-under-par, 135, but Maguire along with Northwestern’s Hannah Kim are only one shot off the lead at eight-under-par.

Senior Sandy Choi carded rounds of 74 and 73 for a 36-hole, 147, which is tied 32nd.

Junior Lisa Maguire turned in her second-best 36-hole ledger of her Duke career Monday with back-to-back rounds of 74, which was tied for 37th at four-over-par, 148.  

Sophomore Virginia Elena Carta signed for five straight pars in the opening round, but had a tough two-hole stretch with a bogey and triple-bogey on No. 15 and No. 16 to drop to four-over-par.  Carta, a native of Udine, Italy, closed the first round strong by playing the final 11 holes at two-under-par, to finish with a 74. 

Making her collegiate debut, freshman Ana Belac notched two straight scores of 75 and is tied 50th overall.  A native of Portoroz, Slovenia, Belac closed both rounds in solid fashion playing holes 1-9 at even par over 18 holes. 

As a team, Duke led the tournament with a three-under-par score early in the first round, but two triple-bogeys and a double-bogey dropped the Blue Devils back to even-par, 288, to conclude the first 18 holes.  A three-over-par, 291, in the second round gave Duke a 36-hole ledger of 579, which was three-over-par and in sixth place.

Georgia led the field with a 12-under-par, 564, while Southern California (568), Stanford (573), Northwestern (575), Florida (578), Duke (579), Purdue (581), Iowa State (583), Arizona (583) and Oklahoma State (587) rounded out the top 10 teams.

The Blue Devils will tee off in the final round Tuesday starting at 9:15 a.m. (ET), off hole No. 1 along with Northwestern and Florida.


Duke Results
T1 T2 Leona Maguire Duke 66 70 136 -8
T37 T32 Sandy Choi Duke 74 73 147 +3
T37 T38 Lisa Maguire Duke 74 74 148 +4
T37 T38 Virginia Elena Carta Duke 74 74 148 +4
T50 T50 Ana Belac Duke 75 75 150 +6

1 2 Team Scores
3 1 Georgia, U. of 282 282 564 -12
T1 2 Southern California 281 287 568 -8
T7 3 Stanford 291 282 573 -3
T1 4 Northwestern 281 294 575 -1
T7 5 Florida 291 287 578 +2
6 6 Duke 288 291 579 +3

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