DAVIDSON, N.C. – For the second time over her last three Symetra Tour starts, Duke University alumna Leona Maguire is a winner as she carded a 10-under-par ledger to win the Symetra Classic by five strokes at the River Run Country Club in Davidson, N.C.
Maguire, a 2018 Duke graduate, turned in a bogey-free, six-under-par, 66, in the final round Friday. She opened the tournament with rounds of 70 and 69 on her way to finishing with a 10-under, 206. Maguire earned a check of $26,250 and now leads the money list with a total of $73,790.
“It was nice that I could sort of cruise in a little bit today,” said Maguire. “I got pushed down the stretch a lot by Steph [Na] and EJ [Seong]. This one is special, being back in North Carolina. I had four incredible years at Duke and felt really at home this week.”
She notched her first victory on the Symetra Tour last month at the Windsor Golf Classic.
Maguire is the first two-time winner on the Symetra Tour this season has now captured five straight top-five finishes. In her six total starts, Maguire has never finished outside the top-25.
“I’ve got off to a fast start this year and expected to get off to a good start, but maybe not quite this good,” Maguire said. “Have been playing some really solid golf. My putting has been a lot better this year and that has been a big thing for me. I gave myself a lot of chances last year and didn’t take them, but putting has been really solid especially the last few weeks. I was saying to my caddy that this week was more the bogeys I didn’t make rather than the birdies I did.”
Maguire needs one more victory to automatically earn her LPGA card. She will next compete in the Zimmer Biomet Championship in Auburn, Ala., May 23-26.