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Leona Maguire
Maguire Holds 36-Hole Lead at Gator Invite
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 03/11/2017
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – After 36 holes of action Saturday at the Gator Invitational, Duke University junior Leona Maguire holds a one-stroke lead with a two-under-par, 138, at the 6,002-yard, par 70 Mark Bostick Golf Course in Gainesville, Fla.

Maguire, a product of Cavan, Ireland, turned in a one-over-par, 71, in round one Saturday morning and then turned around to collect a two-under-par, 67, in the second round.  She leads by one over Florida’s Maria Torres (139) and three strokes over Florida’s Taylor Tomlinson (141).  Maguire owns one victory in 2016-17 and five over her career.  

The two-time All-America and current top-ranked amateur golfer in the nation, Maguire opened the day with seven straight pars before suffering a double-bogey on the 158-yard, par three eighth hole.  She responded with two pars and back-to-back birdies on the 11th and 12th holes to return to even par.  Maguire had a bogey on No. 15 and pars the rest of the way to close round one with a 71.  She hit 11 fairways, 13 greens and rolled 30 putts.  

In round two, Maguire turned in a bogey-free round of three-under, 67, as she rolled in a 10-foot birdie on No. 10, 12-footer on No. 16 and closed by draining a 15-foot birdie on the 385-yard, par four 18th.  For round two, Maguire hit 12 fairways, 15 greens and had 29 putts.  

As a team, Duke was four strokes off the lead following the first round as host Florida shot a 285 and the Blue Devils carded a 289.  The Gators added three more strokes to their lead in the second round as Florida shot a 280 and Duke turned in a 283.  Over the first 36 holes, Florida is at five-over-par, 565, while Duke is seven strokes back with a 572.  Rounding out the top 10 is UCF (579), Campbell (589), Maryland (590), Florida International (595), Clemson (597), Virginia Tech (599), South Florida (601) and Troy (605).  

Junior Gurbani Singh continued her solid play with rounds of 73 and 69 for a two-over-par, 142, which is tied for fourth overall.  Singh, who hails from New Delhi, India, was even par over her first 11 holes in round one, but went through a span of four bogeys over six holes on the back nine on her way to concluding round one with a 73.  She hit 12 greens, 11 fairways and rolled 31 putts.  

Singh turned it around in the afternoon and carded one of only four under-par ledgers in round two as she signed for a one-under-par, 69.  After going even par through 10 holes, Singh notched back-to-back birdies on No. 11 and No. 12 to get to two-under for the afternoon.  She suffered a bogey on No. 13 and then three straight pars, before rolling in another birdie on the 320-yard, par four 17th.  Singh had a bogey on the final hole to conclude the day at 69.  She hit 13 greens, 11 fairways and had 30 putts in the second round.  

A native of Seoul, South Korea, Sandy Choi collected rounds of 73 and 73 on the day and will enter the final day of play tied 12th with a six-over-par, 146.  Choi had a slow start in round one with three bogeys over her first nine holes, but was able to get two strokes back with birdies on No. 12 and No. 14 to get her score to one-over through 14 holes.  She closed with bogeys on the 16th and 18th holes on her way to finishing with a 73.  Choi hit 10 fairways, nine greens and had 29 putts.  

In the second round, Choi had back-to-back bogeys on No. 4 and No. 5, but came back with birdies on No. 8 and No. 11 to return to even par.  She had a tough finish with three bogeys over her final four holes to conclude the day with a 73.  Choi hit nine fairways, 11 greens and had 32 putts over her final 18 holes.

After finishing in the top 10 in three straight tournaments, freshman Ana Belac totaled rounds of 72 and 76 to open at eight-over, 148, which is tied for 21st.  A product of Portoroz, Slovenia, Belac was held to only one birdie over her first 36 holes, which came on the 358-yard, par four No. 1, which was her last hole of her first round.  

Belac had a two-over-par, 72, in round one as she hit 12 greens, seven fairways and had 30 putts.  In her second round, she had a tough start with a double-bogey on her first hole and bogey on her third to start out three-over through three holes.  Belac had eight consecutive pars and then was three-over-par over her next three holes on her way to finishing with a 76.  She hit 10 greens, eight fairways and registered 32 putts.  

In her first tournament back after having her tonsils removed, sophomore Virginia Elena Carta had a 77 in round one as she was limited to only one birdie, which happened on the 522-yard, par five seventh.  Carta collected three birdies in her second round on her way to finishing with a 74.  She is tied 38th overall with an 11-over, 151.  

Junior Lisa Maguire, who is playing as an individual, collected rounds of 77 and 76 and is tied 51st with a 153.  A native of Cavan, Ireland, Maguire had one birdie over her first 36 holes.  

Duke will open the third and final round beginning at 9:15 a.m., with a shotgun start along with Florida and UCF off holes one through four.  

Fans can follow the final round with live scoring via www.GolfStat.com.

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Duke Results
T4 1 Leona Maguire Duke 71 67 138 -2
T14 T4 Gurbani Singh Duke 73 69 142 +2
T14 T12 Sandy Choi Duke 73 73 146 +6
T9 T21 Ana Belac Duke 72 76 148 +8
T41 T38 Virginia Elena Carta Duke 77 74 151 +11
T41 T51 Lisa Maguire * Duke 77 76 153 +13

1 2 Team Scores
1 1 Florida 285 280 565 +5
2 2 Duke 289 283 572 +12
T4 3 UCF 295 284 579 +19
3 4 Campbell 293 296 589 +29
6 5 Maryland 297 293 590 +30
7 6 Florida International 299 296 595 +35
10 7 Clemson 304 293 597 +37
T4 8 Virginia Tech 295 304 599 +39
T11 9 South Florida 307 294 601 +41
T8 10 Troy 303 302 605 +45
13 11 Kansas, Univ. of 309 299 608 +48
T11 12 Wisconsin 307 302 609 +49
T8 13 Mercer University 303 309 612 +52

Start Finish Player Team Scores
T4 1 Leona Maguire Duke 71 67 138 -2
T4 2 Maria Torres Florida 71 68 139 -1
T4 3 Taylor Tomlinson Florida 71 70 141 +1
T14 T4 Gurbani Singh Duke 73 69 142 +2
T9 T4 Maria Balcazar UCF 72 70 142 +2
T9 T4 Marta Perez SanMartin Florida 72 70 142 +2
T4 T7 Kelly Grassel Florida 71 72 143 +3
T14 T7 Ashley Holder UCF 73 70 143 +3
T1 T9 Karolina Vlckova * Florida 70 74 144 +4
T9 T9 Camila Serrano Florida International 72 72 144 +4
T41 11 Ludovica Scandroglio Maryland 77 68 145 +5
T4 T12 Elizabeth Bose Virginia Tech 71 75 146 +6
T33 T12 Anna Svanka Campbell 76 70 146 +6
T14 T12 Sandy Choi Duke 73 73 146 +6
T14 T12 Samantha Wagner Florida 73 73 146 +6
T1 T12 Annelie Sjoholm Campbell 70 76 146 +6
T14 T17 Allison Woodward Virginia Tech 73 74 147 +7
T14 T17 Gabi Oubre Troy 73 74 147 +7
T23 T17 Xialin Tian Maryland 74 73 147 +7
T33 T17 Carlotta Ricolfi * Florida 76 71 147 +7
T23 T21 Kennedy Swann Clemson 74 74 148 +8
T9 T21 Ana Belac Duke 72 76 148 +8
T23 T21 Alice Hewson Clemson 74 74 148 +8
T55 T21 Johanna Larsson UCF 78 70 148 +8
T1 T21 Gabby Curtis Wisconsin 70 78 148 +8
T29 T21 Alexandra Papell Maryland 75 73 148 +8
T29 T27 Ashley Burke South Florida 75 74 149 +9
T33 T27 Becky Klongland * Wisconsin 76 73 149 +9
T63 T27 Anne Taylor Hough * Virginia Tech 79 70 149 +9
T14 T30 Terese Romeo Mercer University 73 77 150 +10
T41 T30 Carolina Rotzinger-Ballesteros Florida International 77 73 150 +10
T55 T30 Bianca Lohbauer Troy 78 72 150 +10
T41 T30 Ana Paula Valdes Clemson 77 73 150 +10
T33 T30 Kaeli Jones UCF 76 74 150 +10
T14 T30 Katerina Krasova Florida International 73 77 150 +10
T41 T30 Ayelen Irizar Campbell 77 73 150 +10
T33 T30 Mariale Merchan South Florida 76 74 150 +10
T41 T38 Lizzie Winyarat Kansas, Univ. of 77 74 151 +11
T41 T38 Nicole Autrique South Florida 77 74 151 +11
T9 T38 Nadine White Campbell 72 79 151 +11
T33 T38 Ariadna Fonseca Kansas, Univ. of 76 75 151 +11
T63 T38 Sydney Legacy Clemson 79 72 151 +11
T23 T38 Whitney Stevenson Virginia Tech 74 77 151 +11
T55 T38 Bunyaporn Zeng Wisconsin 78 73 151 +11
T41 T38 Virginia Elena Carta Duke 77 74 151 +11
T63 T38 Nani Merchan South Florida 79 72 151 +11
T41 T47 Jessica Hoang * Clemson 77 75 152 +12
T14 T47 Panitta Yusabai Maryland 73 79 152 +12
T23 T47 Ayaka Nakayama UCF 74 78 152 +12
T29 T47 Desiree Andersson Campbell 75 77 152 +12
T55 T51 Chomchana Phuchanbanchob Kansas, Univ. of 78 75 153 +13
T41 T51 Lisa Maguire * Duke 77 76 153 +13
T41 T51 Coralia Arias Florida International 77 76 153 +13
T55 T51 Yitsen Chou Kansas, Univ. of 78 75 153 +13
T33 T55 Marin Hanna Mercer University 76 78 154 +14
T55 T55 Becca Horner Troy 78 76 154 +14
T33 T55 Hannah Mae Deems Mercer University 76 78 154 +14
T41 T55 Tiffany Kang * Mercer University 77 77 154 +14
T23 T59 Fatima Cano Troy 74 81 155 +15
72 T59 Maria Rodriguez South Florida 81 74 155 +15
T63 T59 Michelle Cheung Wisconsin 79 76 155 +15
T70 T59 Jessica Reinecke Wisconsin 80 75 155 +15
T41 T59 Amanda Hollandsworth Virginia Tech 77 78 155 +15
T29 T59 Ludovica Farina Maryland 75 80 155 +15
T63 T59 Mary Janiga Mercer University 79 76 155 +15
T70 T66 Nicolette Donovan * UCF 80 76 156 +16
T41 T66 Lauren Salazar * Maryland 77 79 156 +16
T55 T68 Jessica Spicer Virginia Tech 78 79 157 +17
73 T68 Diana Velez-Gordillo Florida International 82 75 157 +17
T55 T70 Lauren Lightfritz Mercer University 78 80 158 +18
T41 T70 Ana Rengifo * Florida International 77 81 158 +18
T63 T70 Victoria Chandra Kansas, Univ. of 79 79 158 +18
T63 T70 Sydney Needham * Florida 79 79 158 +18
76 74 Xinyun Yu * Kansas, Univ. of 84 78 162 +22
T74 75 Bria Jansen Troy 83 80 163 +23
77 T76 Madison Pacheco * Florida 88 79 167 +27
T74 T76 Marisa Messana Clemson 83 84 167 +27
78 - Brooke Ferrell Wisconsin W W - -

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