DURHAM, N.C. – The Women's WORLD AMATEUR GOLF RANKING™ system ranks the top female amateur golfers in the world on the basis of their average performance in counting events over a rolling cycle of the previous 104 weeks. Over the past three years, a Duke golfer has ranked No. 1 in the ranking in all but five weeks over a span of 152 weeks.
Duke senior Leona Maguire currently holds the second-longest streak at No. 1 coming in at 74 straight weeks dating back to August 3, 2016. Prior to this date, Blue Devil freshman Hannah O’Sullivan was No. 1 for 12 weeks from May 11 through July 27, 2017.
Maguire, who hails from Cavan, Ireland, held the top slot for almost a year prior to O’Sullivan taking over the spot from May 13, 2015 to May 4, 2016, which was a total of 52 weeks.
During a span of five weeks in April/May of 2015, Andrea Lee was ranked No. 1, which is the only time over the last three years that at Blue Devil golfer did not hold the top position.
Duke graduate Celine Boutier was No. 1 for 15 weeks from Dec. 24, 2014 to April 1, 2015 to become the first Blue Devil golfer to earn the top slot in the WAGR.
Maguire has been ranked No. 1 a total of 127 weeks as an amateur and is approaching Lydia Ko’s record of 130. As of Wednesday, Jan. 10, Maguire finished 2017 holding the top spot in the rankings. The two-time ANNIKA and WGCA National Player of the Year will kick off her 2018 collegiate season Feb. 11-13 at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge in Palos Verdes, Calif.
The WAGR for women was introduced by the R&A, the governing body of the sport of golf outside the United States and Mexico, in February of 2011. The rankings are updated each Wednesday.