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Leona Maguire
Blue Devils Jump into First at NCAA Madison Regional
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 05/08/2018
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MADISON, Wisc. – Boosted by a seven-under-par, 65, Tuesday, by senior Leona Maguire, the top-seeded Duke women’s golf team jumped into first at the NCAA Madison Regional as the Blue Devils carded a team-best nine-under, 279, and holds an eight-stroke lead with 18 holes remaining at the 6,313-yard, par 72 University Ridge Golf Course in Madison, Wisc.

Maguire, who hails from Cavan, Ireland, registered eight birdies on the day and turned in the tied for second-lowest 18-hole score in Duke NCAA regional history (65). She ranks tied with Virada Nirapathpongporn, who totaled a 65 in the 2001 regional in Chapel Hill, N.C., and ranks behind Amanda Blumenherst’s nine-under, 63, in 2007 in Baton Rouge, La.

“Starting off on the first side, I just felt like I played really well,” said Maguire. “I played the par fives really well, giving myself really good birdie chances on all of them. I birdied four out of five of them. I only missed one green today, giving myself a lot of birdie chances. That is something I kind of struggled with yesterday. I didn’t feel like I played all that bad yesterday. I just didn’t give myself enough chances. The goal today was to give myself as many chances as I could and I took advantage of quite a few of them, which was nice.”

As a team, Duke moved ahead of first round leader Virginia with its second consecutive under par ledger. The Blue Devils backed up its five-under score of 283 Monday with a nine-under, 279, and holds a 14-under, 562, through 36 holes. Virginia is second with a six-under, 570, while Southern California (573), Arizona State (574), Oregon State (574), Illinois (577), Northwestern (577) and Ohio State (577) round out the top six teams.

“I saw a lot of smart golf today,” said Brooks. “It was windy and I saw some great choices. I think that is why we were able to gain some strokes.”

Through Wednesday’s third round, the top six teams will advance to the NCAA Championship in Stillwater, Okla.

“It is good,” commented Brooks on holding the team lead. “What we talk about in this situation is preparation for nationals. We want to be a team that if we get ahead or behind we keep our foot on the pedal. It is always good prep no matter what situation you are in. You use it for the next event.”

With her seven-under score, Maguire jumped from tied 43rd after day one to tied third overall. She enters the final day of play with a six-under, 138, which is four shots behind Oregon State’s Nicole Schroeder (-10, 134). Erin Harper of Indiana (-6, 138) is second and Maguire is tied with Ohio State’s Jaclyn Lee.

Maguire had everything dialed in from the beginning Tuesday as she birdied the second hole and then collected four straight birdies from 6-9 to make the turn at five-under, 31. Her lone green missed on the day came on No. 11 and she suffered a bogey, but Maguire came back to birdie No. 11 and No. 14 to get to six-under-par. On the 160-yard, par three 17th, Maguire stepped up and sank a 45-foot birdie to move to seven-under.

It marked her 31st career round in the 60s, which is a new Duke career record moving past Blumenherst (30). For the day, Maguire hit 13 fairways, 17 greens and had 28 putts.

With a two-under, 70, in round two, sophomore Ana Belac moved into a tie for fifth with a four-under, 140. Belac, who is from Portoroz, Slovenia, had a great round and could have been much lower, but she couldn’t get many birdie putts to drop. She collected birdies on the par five second hole and then two-putted for birdie on the par five 11th. Belac finally was able to sink a long birdie on the 374-yard, par four 18th as she hit a 40-footer. She rolled 34 putts and missed only two greens all day, while hitting 12 fairways.

For the second straight day, freshman Jaravee Boonchant turned in an even-par, 72, and is tied 24th overall with 18 holes remaining. Boonchant, a native of Bangkok, Thailand, pulled her drive to the left of the first fairway and suffered a bogey to start, but came back to birdie the par five second hole to get back to even. She added a two-putt birdie on No. 9, but then suffered a three-putt bogey on No. 11, before sinking another birdie on the 12th hole. Boonchant turned in five pars and a bogey on No. 17 to close her day. She hit 14 greens, 11 fairways and had 33 putts.

A day after signing for a 68, junior Virginia Elena Carta had a 76 and is tied 24th through 36 holes. She notched three birdies on No. 9, No. 11 and No. 16, but a double-bogey on No. 17 dropped her score back. The Udine, Italy, product hit 12 greens, 11 fairways and had 36 putts in the second round.

Senior Lisa Maguire counted her second consecutive score as she registered an even-par, 72, which was the lowest ledger in NCAA play over her four-year career. Maguire opened her day with a sand save for par on No. 1 and then suffered her first of only two bogeys on the afternoon on the fourth hole as her drive went left out of the fairway. She two-putted for birdie on No. 9 to make the turn at even par. Maguire, who is from Cavan, Ireland, had a bogey on No. 10 and then had five straight pars. On the par five 16th, Maguire hit her second shot into the greenside bunker, but had a great shot out to five feet and connected for birdie to get back to even. She hit 10 greens, six fairways and had 27 putts.

“I am very proud of Lisa,” said Brooks. “She is a hero. She has worked really, really hard. I am so thankful that she can see some scores from all the hard work.”

Duke turned in 19 birdies in the second round and is 21-under-par through 36 holes on the par fives.

“I am real proud of them,” commented Brooks on the nine-under day. “I am not surprised at what Leona did. She’s incredibly skilled and resourceful. Everybody did great. Virginia was a little bit off today, but it is a tough course and the wind was blowing. It can get the best of somebody and it just got her a little bit early in the round.”

Duke will tee off beginning at 9:30 a.m. (ET), Wednesday in the final round with a shotgun start. The Blue Devils will be paired with Virginia,  Southern California and Arizona State.

Duke Results
T43 T3 Leona Maguire  Duke  74  65       139  -5 
T7 T5 Ana Belac  Duke  70  70       140  -4 
T18 T24 Jaravee Boonchant  Duke  72  72       144  E 
T3 T24 Virginia Elena Carta  Duke  68  76       144  E 
T26 T30 Lisa Maguire  Duke  73  72       145  +1 

1 2 Team Scores
2  1 Duke 283  279       562  -14 
1  2 Virginia 279  291       570  -6 
3  3 Southern California 285  288       573  -3 
4  T4 Arizona State  288  286       574  -2 
5  T4 Oregon State  289  285       574  -2 
7  T6 Illinois 292  285       577  +1 
9  T6 Northwestern  294  283       577  +1 
8  T6 Ohio State 293  284       577  +1 
T10  9 Iowa State 295  286       581  +5 
6  10 Wisconsin 290  293       583  +7 
T12  11 Purdue 298  286       584  +8 
T12  12 Campbell  298  290       588  +12 
T10  13 Old Dominion 295  295       590  +14 
14  14 Notre Dame 299  297       596  +20 
15  15 Idaho 306  297       603  +27 
16  16 Murray State  307  302       609  +33 
18  17 North Dakota State 315  298       613  +37 
17  18 IUPUI 313  307       620  +44 

Start Finish Player Team Scores
T3 1 Nicole Schroeder  Oregon State  68  66       134  -10 
T7 2 Erin Harper *  Indiana  70  68       138  -6 
T13 T3 Jaclyn Lee  Ohio State  71  68       139  -5 
T43 T3 Leona Maguire  Duke  74  65       139  -5 
T7 T5 Ana Belac  Duke  70  70       140  -4 
T1 T5 Beth Lillie  Virginia  67  73       140  -4 
T1 T7 Gabby Curtis  Wisconsin  67  74       141  -3 
T5 T7 Allisen Corpuz  Southern California  69  72       141  -3 
T18 T9 Sarah Cho  Northwestern  72  70       142  -2 
T13 T9 Stacey White  Campbell  71  71       142  -2 
T18 T9 Marta Martin  Purdue  72  70       142  -2 
T18 T9 Roberta Liti  Arizona State  72  70       142  -2 
T26 T9 Lexi Harkins  Wisconsin  73  69       142  -2 
T7 T9 Amelia Garvey  Southern California  70  72       142  -2 
T5 T9 Katharine Patrick  Virginia  69  73       142  -2 
T43 T16 Chayanid Prapassarangkul  Illinois  74  69       143  -1 
T43 T16 Katerina Vlasinova  Old Dominion  74  69       143  -1 
T43 T16 Chayanit Wangmahaporn  Iowa State  74  69       143  -1 
T13 T16 Brooke Riley  Northwestern  71  72       143  -1 
T13 T16 Charlotte De Corte  Old Dominion  71  72       143  -1 
T18 T16 Sophie Hausmann  Idaho  72  71       143  -1 
T7 T16 Sophia Zeeb  Arizona State  70  73       143  -1 
T26 T16 Jennifer Chang  Southern California  73  70       143  -1 
T52 T24 Niki Schroeder  Ohio State  75  69       144  E 
T26 T24 Pinyada Kuvanun *  Toledo  73  71       144  E 
T26 T24 Raquel Olmos  Arizona State  73  71       144  E 
T26 T24 Morgan Gonzales  Virginia  73  71       144  E 
T18 T24 Jaravee Boonchant  Duke  72  72       144  E 
T3 T24 Virginia Elena Carta  Duke  68  76       144  E 
T26 T30 Bing Singhsumalee  Illinois  73  72       145  +1 
T26 T30 Alanna Campbell  Iowa State  73  72       145  +1 
T18 T30 Tristyn Nowlin  Illinois  72  73       145  +1 
T26 T30 Olivia Mehaffey  Arizona State  73  72       145  +1 
T26 T30 Lisa Maguire  Duke  73  72       145  +1 
T7 T30 Anna Redding  Virginia  70  75       145  +1 
T7 T30 Aneta Abrahamova  IUPUI  70  75       145  +1 
T52 T37 Rio Watanabe  Ohio State  75  71       146  +2 
T52 T37 Dana Gattone  Illinois  75  71       146  +2 
T62 T37 Annelie Sjoholm  Campbell  76  70       146  +2 
T62 T37 Stephanie Lau  Northwestern  76  70       146  +2 
T52 T37 Hannah Kim  Northwestern  75  71       146  +2 
T26 T37 Grace Park  Illinois  73  73       146  +2 
T26 T37 Celia Barquin Arozamena  Iowa State  73  73       146  +2 
T52 T44 Amelia Mehmet Grohn  Iowa State  75  72       147  +3 
T43 T44 Cara Basso *  Penn State  74  73       147  +3
T18 T44 Connie Jaffrey *  Kansas State  72  75       147  +3 
T43 T44 Madison Kerley  Arizona State  74  73       147  +3 
T52 T44 Ellie Slama  Oregon State  75  72       147  +3 
T66 T44 Melati Putri  Purdue  77  70       147  +3 
T13 T44 Cova SanJuan  Purdue  71  76       147  +3 
T26 T44 Alyaa Abdulghany  Southern California  73  74       147  +3 
T52 T52 Susie Cavanagh  Oregon State  75  73       148  +4 
T52 T52 Abby Heck  Notre Dame  75  73       148  +4 
T43 T52 Mari Nishiura  Oregon State  74  74       148  +4 
T18 T52 Olivia Benzin  Oregon State  72  76       148  +4 
T26 T52 Emma Albrecht  Notre Dame  73  75       148  +4 
T26 T52 Anna Moore  Murray State  73  75       148  +4 
T62 T52 Natalie Roth  North Dakota State  76  72       148  +4 
T26 T59 Alex Wright  Ohio State  73  76       149  +5 
T26 T59 Becky Klongland  Wisconsin  73  76       149  +5 
T52 T59 Valeria Patino  Idaho  75  74       149  +5 
T81 T62 Desiree Andersson  Campbell  79  71       150  +6 
T43 T62 Adeena Shears  Ohio State  74  76       150  +6 
T43 T62 Maddie Rose Hamilton  Notre Dame  74  76       150  +6 
T66 T65 Janet Mao  Northwestern  77  74       151  +7 
T66 T65 Mia Ayer  Notre Dame  77  74       151  +7 
T66 T65 Jessica Reinecke  Wisconsin  77  74       151  +7 
T76 T65 Inez Wanamarta  Purdue  78  73       151  +7 
T81 T65 Taylor McCorkle  North Dakota State  79  72       151  +7 
T76 70 Julia Ford  Virginia  78  74       152  +8 
T66 T71 Abigail Portyrata  Old Dominion  77  76       153  +9 
T26 T71 Maggie Simmermacher  Old Dominion  73  80       153  +9 
T66 T71 Suthavee (Pun) Chanachai *  New Mexico State  77  76       153  +9 
T85 T71 Micaela Farah  Purdue  80  73       153  +9 
T81 T71 Michelle Kim  Idaho  79  74       153  +9 
T81 T71 Marion DeBove  IUPUI  79  74       153  +9 
T76 T77 Nattapan Siritrai  Iowa State  78  76       154  +10 
T62 T77 Ayelen Irizar  Campbell  76  78       154  +10 
T52 T77 Isabell Ekstrom  Campbell  75  79       154  +10 
T66 T77 Gabriela Ruffels  Southern California  77  77       154  +10 
T66 T77 Moa Folke  Murray State  77  77       154  +10 
T66 T82 Sana Tufail  Old Dominion  77  78       155  +11 
T85 T82 Raeysha Surendran  Murray State  80  75       155  +11 
T76 T82 Emma Groom  North Dakota State  78  77       155  +11 
T90 85 Elsa Moberly *  Eastern Kentucky  82  74       156  +12 
T90 T86 Lucila Puente Rodriguez  Murray State  82  75       157  +13 
T66 T86 Linette Holmslykke  Murray State  77  80       157  +13 
T76 T88 Aya Johnson  Wisconsin  78  80       158  +14
T85 T88 Laura Gerner  Idaho  80  78       158  +14 
T88 T90 Kendall Gray  Idaho  81  78       159  +15 
T90 T90 Alexis Thomas  North Dakota State  82  77       159  +15 
T88 T90 Nicole Howard  IUPUI  81  78       159  +15 
95 93 Isabella DiLisio  Notre Dame  88  75       163  +19 
T90 T94 Sierra Bennion  North Dakota State  82  83       165  +21 
94 T94 Amelie Svejda  IUPUI  83  82       165  +21 
96 96 Elizabeth Orr  IUPUI  89  80       169  +25 

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