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Maguire selected women’s golf Player of the Year

Duke junior Leona Maguire was named the winner of the PING Women’s Golf Coaches Association National Player of the Year on Tuesday. Maguire earned the award for the second time in three years and became just the fifth collegiate golfer to earn the award multiple times.

A native of Cavan, Ireland, Maguire collected one of the best stroke averages in NCAA history this past season with a 70.29 ledger.

Over 10 events in 2016-17, Maguire registered eight top five placements, three victories, nine rounds in the 60s and 21 rounds of even or under par. She finished no lower than tied for sixth over the course of the season. Maguire won the ACC Individual Championship, while helping the Blue Devils claim Duke’s 20th ACC title in school history. She finished runner-up at the NCAA Championship, won the LSU Tiger Golf Classic and the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge. Maguire also placed tied sixth at the NCAA Albuquerque Regional.

Recognized annually as the top honor in women’s collegiate golf, the PING WGCA Player of the Year Award is awarded to the best player in Division I, II and III women’s golf.

Also released Tuesday morning were the WGCA First Team All-America selections with Maguire earning the recognition for the third straight season.

Wake Forest: Sophomore Jennifer Kupcho was named a first-team All-America Tuesday by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association. She becomes the fifth Demon Deacon to earn first-team All-America honors.


Elon: Following a stellar season on the mound, freshman pitcher Kyle Brnovich was selected as the CAA Rookie of the Year on Tuesday. Including Brnovich, Ryne Ogren, Kyle Jackson, Hayden Platt and George Kirby also picked up accolades.

Mount Olive: Drew Ellis, Austin Hutchison, David Mayo, Zack Mozingo, Ricky Surum and Bruce Zimmermann landed spots on the National Collegiate Baseball Writers of America and Division II Conference Commissioners Association All-Region teams. Coach Carl Lancaster was named NCBWA Southeast Region Coach of the Year after leading his team to a 48-10 overall season and UMO’s 14th Conference Carolinas Championship and eighth straight appearance in the Division II tournament.

Women’s Tennis

UNC: Courtney Nagle has been named ITA Assistant Coach of the Year, while Hayley Carter earned ITA Senior Player of the Year honors, announced on Tuesday by The Intercollegiate Tennis Association.

Track and Field

Mount Olive: Freshman Leah Hanle was named 2017 Women’s Outdoor Southeast Regional Track Athlete of the Year and assistant coach Jackie Kirby was named the 2017 Women’s Outdoor Southeast Regional Assistant Coach of the Year. In addition, freshman Leah Hanle and juniors Jonathan Dahlke and Adam Craig head to their third national championship this academic year after qualifying for the 2016 NCAA DII Cross Country National Championships and the 2017 NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field National Championships earlier this year.

St. Augustine’s: Tia-Adana Belle was named Atlantic Region Women’s Track Athlete of the Year. Shawn Rowe was chosen Atlantic Region Men’s Track Athlete of the Year. Coach George Williams was selected Atlantic Region Men’s Coach of the Year, and Sandy Chapman was voted Atlantic Region Men’s Assistant Coach of the Year. The Falcons are also seeking their fifth consecutive men’s national title this weekend at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Championships. The meet will be held at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. from Thursday to Saturday.

Shaw: Destinee Williams of the women’s team will compete in the 2017 NCAA Division II Outdoor Championships. Williams will compete in the 100-meter hurdles after lowering her preliminary time with a 13.74 in the event which now ranks her nation’s 12th-fastest time in the event and a school’s record.

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