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Leona Maguire wins the Annika Award and receives a wildcard for The Evian Championship

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Young Irish player, Leona Maguire, aged 21, receives the Annika Award presented by 3M for 2017, crowning her superb college season. This distinction offers her a wildcard and a place in the highly select line-up for The Evian Championship, the final major of the season, held from 14 to 17 September.

The naming of Leona Maguire as the winner of the Annika Award presented by 3M is anything but a surprise following the current amateur world number 1's impressive performance in college golf this season. At the age of 21, the Irish player set the tone in the autumn, withdrawing from the LPGA qualifiers, preferring to finish her amateur career properly for the Duke “Blue Devils”. The season turned out to be in the same vein, full of boldness and success: 3 wins at her 10 tournaments and a Top 6 finish at each of the competitions, including a superb runner-up place at the NCAA Championship.

Elected by a college of players, coaches and media representatives, Leona Maguire is the first player in the history of the Annika Award to win it twice, the first time in 2015. “This award is a huge honor for me”, confides the winner on the Golf Channel. “It’s something I’m very, very proud of to get the opportunity to win again”.

This victory means that Leona Maguire receives an exemption for The Evian Championship 2017. Evian is not an unfamiliar destination to her and for good reason. As one of the pioneering players in the first Evian Championship Juniors Cup in 2007, defending Irish colors with her twin sister, the amateur world number 1 already received a wildcard for The Evian Championship in 2015 at which she finished 34th, the top amateur in the event. With 7 college titles under her belt, Leona Maguire returns to Evian in fighting form.