2015 - Leona Maguire, Duke
Duke University’s Leona Maguire is the winner of the second-annual ANNIKA Award Presented by 3M.
Maguire, the No. 1-ranked amateur player in the world, follows in the footsteps of Alison Lee of UCLA, winner of the inaugural ANNIKA Award. Madelene Sagstrom of LSU and Dana Finkelstein of UNLV were honored as finalists for the 2015 award.
Maguire is a native of County Cavan, Ireland and was a three-time All-Ireland School Champion. She won the Irish Women’s Close Championship in 2008 and 2012 and was a member of the 2008 European Junior Ryder Cup Team.
She finished outside the top seven in only one of 11 events during the 2014-2015 golf season, on her way to tallying three wins (ACC Championship, NCAA South Bend Regional and Darius Rucker Intercollegiate). She also finished runner-up at the NCAA Championships and 2014 ANNIKA Intercollegiate Presented by 3M.
“To win golf tournaments is one thing, but to win an award that’s voted on by your peers and the coaches and the media, that’s another level,” says Maguire. “When I saw Alison (Lee) being presented with the award, I probably didn’t think that I was going to be sitting here.”
“We’re excited to salute Leona as the 2015 ANNIKA Award winner,” says Annika. “She is a great young player with a very bright future ahead of her.”
Adds Maguire: “It’s an incredible honor to have my name on a trophy that Annika put her name to. It’s a nice way to cap off a nice season.”