Leona Maguire adds another Top 5 to her impressive resume

Ireland’s Leona Maguire carded her 22nd career top-five finish for Duke University at the Liz Murphy Collegiate Classic on the University of Georgia Course, finished T3 in the process and  and helping her Duke team to a tied second place in the tournament.

 Leona Maguire / Image from Duke Athletics
 
Duke turned in rounds of 292, 288 and 285 for a score of 865 and The Blue Devils shot three-under on the front nine Saturday morning led by a three-under, 33, by sophomore Ana Belac and Duke was even par on the final nine holes.  
 
“We had a great round [today],” said Duke head coach Dan Brooks. “Our last two rounds, if you combine them, were tied for the low for the tournament for those two days, so that’s a great way to close.”
 
Leona Maguire finished the weekend only one shot off the individual lead and tied third overall with rounds of 70, 69 and 71 for a six-under, 210 and her top 5 finish ranks her second on Duke’s all-time charts.  After opening her round with a bogey on No. 1, she got her score back to even par with a birdie on the sixth hole.  Maguire added a bogey on No. 7, but closed the day with a two-under-par ledger over the final 11 holes.  She notched birdies on No. 9 and No. 17 during that stretch.  Maguire hit 14 fairways, 14 greens and had 30 putts.  After hitting a season-low nine fairways in the first round, Maguire went on to not miss one over the final two rounds. 
 
Lisa Maguire, signed for her second round of even or under Saturday as she notched a 72.  After collecting three consecutive pars to open the day, Lisa drained her first birdie of the tournament on the fourth to go to one-under.  She added bogeys on No. 6 and No. 8 to fall to one-over, but responded with back-to-back birdies on No. 9 and No. 10 to get back to red numbers.  Maguire posted seven pars and added a bogey on the 16th to close with a 72.  She hit 14 greens, eight fairways and registered 32 putts.  
 
Alabama won the title with an 849, while Arkansas (865), Duke (865), Georgia (871) and Baylor (880) rounded out the top five teams.  Over the final two rounds, Duke shot a tied for team-best 573 score along with Alabama. 
 
Duke Results
3 Leona Maguire Duke 70 69 71 210 -6
6 Jaravee Boonchant Duke 70 70 73 213 -3
28 Ana Belac Duke 75 79 69 223 +7
28 Virginia Elena Carta Duke 77 72 74 223 +7
41 Lisa Maguire Duke 80 77 72 229 +13
 
Pos. School Rnd 1 Rnd 2 Rnd 3 Total To Par
1 Alabama 276 286 287 849 -15
2 Arkansas 290 284 291 865 +1
Duke 292 288 285 865 +1
4 Georgia 290 295 286 871 +7
5 Baylor 289 299 292 880 +16
6 Kennesaw State 297 296 290 883 +19
7 Daytona State 294 295 300 889 +25
8 Louisville 293 298 299 890 +26
9 Ole Miss 305 292 298 895 +31
10 Florida 315 291 292 898 +34
11 Denver 312 297 306 915 +51
12 Kansas 320 316 307 943 +79