DURHAM, N.C. – With one tournament in the books, the Duke women’s golf program has moved to No. 1 in the Golfweek Women’s Collegiate rankings, which were released Sunday evening.
Duke is coming off carding a school-record 33-under-par, 819, to open the 2017-18 campaign at the Jim West Challenge in The Woodlands, Texas. The Blue Devils won by 22 strokes over sixth-ranked Oklahoma.
Rounding out the top 10 teams are Arkansas, Southern California, Alabama, Michigan State, Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Arizona State, Kent State and Notre Dame.
The team victory marked the 129th career victory for Duke head coach Dan Brooks and the first season-opening win since the 2006-07 campaign. The score also set a new Jim West Challenge tournament record for under par (-33) and 54-hole score (819).
Along with Duke claiming the team title, Blue Devil senior Leona Maguire registered her eighth collegiate victory as she turned in a school and tournament-record 13-under-par, 200, with rounds of 67, 63 and 70. A native of Cavan, Ireland, Maguire now ranks third all-time at Duke with eight wins and is four away from Amanda Blumenherst and Mary Anne Widman (12).
Duke will next compete in the Windy City Classic Oct. 2-3 in Chicago, Ill.