DURHAM, N.C. – With Duke University senior Leona Maguire’s No. 1 listing in the Women's WORLD AMATEUR GOLF RANKING™ system Wednesday, Jan. 31, the Blue Devil standout has been at the top spot for 131 weeks, which breaks the previous record of 130 by Lydia Ko.
Maguire, a native of Cavan, Ireland, has been No. 1 in the WAGR for 79 straight weeks from August 2016 to January 31. She was also No. 1 for 52 weeks from May 2015 to May 2016.
The WAGR 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 156 weeks.
The WAGR for women was introduced by the R&A and USGA, the governing body of the sport of golf outside the United States and Mexico, in February of 2011. The rankings are updated each Wednesday.
Maguire and the Blue Devils will kick off their 2018 collegiate season Feb. 11-13 at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge in Palos Verdes, Calif.