Winning three important events this season has earned Leona Maguire the honor of winning the Mark H. McCormack Medal, making her the best amateur golfer in the world. These important events, the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate, ACC Championship and the NCAA South Bend Regional have definitively placed Maguire among the amateur golf elite. She also ended one shot behind Beth Allen, winner of a Ladies European Tour event at Buckinghamshire Golf Club.
But not only have these wins made her earn such an honor. The 20-year old Duke sophomore also received the 2015 ANNIKA Award and became the WGCA National Player of the Year.
This outstanding performance was recognized by the R&A and United States Golf Association (USGA), named after the founder of IMG, a marketing company. Mark H. McCormack is also a great supporter of amateur golf.
“I would like to congratulate Leona on her performances in what has been a tremendous season. To secure three victories in such a competitive environment as collegiate golf is a great achievement but to go on and come so close to winning a professional event is remarkable. Leona is a hugely talented golfer and an extremely worthy winner of the McCormack Medal,” said Johnnie Cole-Hamilton, Executive Director at R&A.
The World Amateur Golf Ranking TM launched women´s ranking in 2011 and has a list of 2,940 ranked players from 71 countries.
On earning the award, Leona said, “It’s a huge honor to win the Mark H. McCormack Medal. To be able to call myself the best female amateur in the world is a nice feeling. In the last few years a lot of big names have won it and they have gone on to do great things in the game. It caps a fantastic year for me and it is rewarding after all the hard work I have put in and my family as well.”