Duke University junior Leona Maguire has been named recipient of the 2017 Edith Cummings Munson Golf Award.
The award is presented annually for Women's Division I Golf and goes to the student-athlete who is an upper classman and both a WGCA All-American Scholar and a WGCA All-American. If more than one student-athlete qualifies, the student-athlete with the highest GPA receives the award. A donation of $5,000 is given from the Curtis & Edith Cummings Munson Foundation to the general scholarship fund of the recipient's institution.
Previous winners of this award include Stephanie Meadow (2013 and 2014), Brooke Pancake (2011 and 2012), Azahara Munoz (2008 and 2009) and Amanda Blumenherst (2006).
Maguire was named a WGCA First Team All-American after breaking her own school record to post an NCAA-best 70.29 stroke average during the season. She posted eight top five finishes, including a runner-up finish at the NCAA Championships, and never finished lower than sixth place in 10 tournaments.
Maguire was named the PING WGCA Player of the Year following the season, becoming just the fifth player in history to win the award multiple times. She is also one of only two student-athletes to be named the PING WGCA Player of the Year and recipient of the Edith Cummings Munson Golf Award in the same year, sharing the honor with fellow Blue Devil Amanda Blumenherst (2006).
A three-time WGCA All-American Scholar, Maguire has a 3.934 cumulative GPA as a psychology major.
About the Women’s Golf Coaches Association
The Women’s Golf Coaches Association, founded in 1983, is a non-profit organization representing women’s collegiate golf coaches. The WGCA was formed to encourage the playing of college golf for women in correlation with a general objective of education and in accordance with the highest tradition of intercollegiate competition. Today, the WGCA represents over 600 coaches throughout the U.S. and is dedicated to educating, promoting and recognizing both its members and the student-athletes they represent.
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