KirkwoodGolf: Four Blue Devils Receive All-American Scholar Accolades

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Four Blue Devils Receive All-American Scholar Accolades

DURHAM, N.C. – The Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) released the All-American Scholars Wednesday for the 2016-17 campaign with Leona Maguire, Virginia Elena Carta, Lisa Maguire and Sandy Choi receiving accolades.

The criteria for selection to the All-American Scholar Team are some of the most stringent in all of college athletics. The minimum cumulative GPA is 3.50.

Leona Maguire earned honors for the third straight year, after receiving PING Women's Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) and ANNIKA Award National Player of the Year recognition. She turned in a 70.29 stroke average to lead the nation and was the second-lowest in NCAA history. A three-time First Team All-America, Maguire won the ACC Individual Title this past spring for the second time in three years. Maguire, who hails from Cavan, Ireland, is pursuing a degree in Psychology and has been named to the Dean's List at the end of five semesters.

Earning Scholar All-American for the first time in her career, Choi collected a 74.25 stroke average as a senior. A product of Seoul, South Korea, Choi notched All-ACC accolades for the third consecutive year, while collecting three top-five finishes on the season. Choi turned in a season-best tied for fourth placement at the ACC Championship with rounds of 71, 73 and 71 for a one-under-par, 215.

Carta, the 2016 NCAA Individual Champion, received the honor for the second consecutive season. She is coming off a year where she totaled a 73.39 stroke average to go along with one top five, two top 10 and six top 20 finishes. She notched a season-best second place finish at the LSU Tiger Golf Classic where she carded rounds of 73, 67 and 70 for a six-under-par ledger. Carta earned All-ACC accolades as a sophomore with the Blue Devils.

Lisa Maguire received Scholar All-America for the second time in her career and the first time since her freshman campaign. Maguire has appeared in 25 tournaments over the last three seasons. She is a two-time ACC Honor Roll selection and is majoring in psychology.

As a team, Duke won the ACC Championship along with the East Lake Cup and LSU Tiger Golf Classic on the season.