KirkwoodGolf: Leona Maguire Tabbed Edith Cummings Munson Golf Award Recipient

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Leona Maguire Tabbed Edith Cummings Munson Golf Award Recipient

DURHAM, N.C. – The awards keep coming in for Duke University rising senior Leona Maguire as she was tabbed the recipient of the 2017 Edith Cummings Munson Golf Award Monday by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA).

The award is presented annually for women's division I golf and goes to the student-athlete who is an upper classman and both a WGCA All-American Scholar and a WGCA All-America. If more than one student-athlete qualifies, the student-athlete with the highest GPA receives the award. A donation of $5,000 is given from the Curtis & Edith Cummings Munson Foundation to the general scholarship fund of the recipient's institution.

Maguire joins Blue Devil standout Amanda Blumenherst (2006) as the only golfers to win both the Edith Cummings Munson Golf Award and the WGCA Player of the Year in the same season.

A product of Cavan, Ireland, Maguire registered a NCAA-best 70.29 stroke average in 2016-17 on her way to being named the WGCA and ANNIKA Award as National Player of the Year. She posted eight top five finishes, including a runner-up finish at the NCAA Championships, and never finished lower than sixth place in 10 tournaments.

Maguire became the first two-time winner of the ANNIKA Award and is just the fifth player in WGCA history to win player of the year multiple times.

A three-time WGCA All-American Scholar, Maguire holds a 3.934 cumulative grade-point average as a psychology major. She has been named to the Dean’s List at Duke in five of the six semesters. Maguire was also selected CoSIDA Academic All-America and ACC Women’s Golf Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2016-17.

Maguire is set to compete in the 2017 U.S. Women’s Open this week at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., July 13-16.

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