Irish international Leona Maguire claimed the NCAA South Regional individual title with a 54-hole total of four-under-par, 212 at Warren Golf Course on Saturday.
Leona trailed another Duke player, Celine Boutier, by one stroke heading into the final round, but in wet conditions, she ended up with a one-stroke victory as Boutier carded a final round 74 and finished with a three-under-par, 213.
The 20-year-old Maguire, who hails from Cavan, has jumped to second in the world following a stellar first year playing college golf in America.
“It is great,” commented Maguire on the victory.
“To get another win is a bonus and obviously to get the team win was big today.
“We have been really working towards regionals and nationals all year so it is really nice the whole team came together at this time and got the win.”
Leona was recently named the ACC Player and Freshman of the Year by the league’s 11 head coaches.
She grabbed a birdie on the 462-yard, par five second hole to move to one-under-par early in the final round.
She went on to make seven straight pars and made the turn with a one-under, 35.
After bogeys on No. 10 and No. 13, Maguire dropped to one-over-par for the day. She came back with a birdie on the 180-yard, par three 14th hole to get back to even where she stayed to close the day.
“Yeah, it was pretty much Irish weather today,” added Maguire.
“It wasn’t too bad. It was sort of on-and-off rain all day.
The course played a lot longer today – the grass was wet and the ball wasn’t flying quite as far.
“So you had to adapt to a little of that. I just tried to hit a lot of fairways and greens to give myself chances.
“I am really looking forward to nationals. Everybody has been talking about it all year, so it will be really nice to get down to Florida and see what it is all about and hopefully bring home another title.”