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Women's Golf - Archives 2002-03

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No Image Virada Nirapathpongporn Falls In U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Final
Women's Golf 06/22/2003

June 22, 2003 BY DOUG FERGUSON, ASSOCIATED PRESS Palm Coast, Fla. Michelle Wie now has a national championship to go with her unlimited potential. Wie, the 13-year-old phenom from Hawaii, outlasted Virada Nirapathpongporn for a 1-up victory June 22 at Ocean Hammock to become the youngest winner in the 27-year history of the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links. "I'm happy out of my mind,'' said Wie, who graduated from eighth grade last month. "I like beating a lot of people. I'm glad I survived all those matches.'' It wasn't easy for the 5-foot-11 teen, whom Tom Lehman once dubbed the "Big Wiesy'' because her swing reminds so many of Ernie Els. She took the lead with a 25-foot eagle putt on the 14th hole, only to give it back when her drive found the water hazard that lines the left side of the fairway. Nirapathpongporn, who last year won the NCAA title as a sophomore at Duke, missed a 3-foot par putt on the 17th to fall behind, only her third bogey of the 36-hole final. Her

No Image Virada Nirapathpongporn Advances to Finals of U.S. Amateur Pub Links
Women's Golf 06/21/2003

June 21, 2003 PALM COAST, FLA.-Duke University senior Virada Nirapathpongporn advanced to the finals of the 2003 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship on Saturday and will take on Michelle Wie for the championship on Sunday in Palm Coast, Fla. The 36-hole championship will be played at the Ocean Hammock Golf Club on Sunday. Nirapathpongporn advanced to the semifinal round by besting D'Rae Ward, 4 and 3. Her strong play continued in the afternoon when she recorded seven birdies en route to a 5-and-4 victory over Beth Allen. "Today I wasn't really thinking birdies or scoring," the Duke senior said. "It didn't hit me that I had seven birdies and was seven under through 14 until now." Allen bogeyed three consecutive holes early in the round and couldn't catch her unflappable opponent. "You just can't do that, especially against her because she's so consistent," said Allen, who was still pleased with her overall performance. "I'm not ashamed of anything this week at

No Image Six Blue Devils To Compete In 2003 U.S. Women's Open in North Plains, Oregon
Women's Golf 06/19/2003

June 19, 2003 DURHAM, N.C. - Three current members of the Duke women's golf team and three former Blue Devils have earned invitations to play in the U.S. Women's Open. The current members of the Duke squad include senior's Virada Nirapathpongporn and Leigh Anne Hardin along with sophomore Liz Janangelo. Former Blue Devils Candy Hannemann, Jean Bartholomew and Beth Bauer will also be playing. The U.S. Open will be played this year at the Pumpkin Ridge Golf Course in North Plains, Oregon from July 3-6. Hardin will be making her third straight appearance in the U.S. Open after carding a 36-hole total of 148 at the Canoe Brook Country Club in Summit, N.J. on June 10 to qualify. The Martinsville, Ind., product will be looking to make her first cut at the U.S. Open in 2003. Nirapathpongporn, a Bangkok, Thailand native, will be making her second straight appearance in the open after posting a total of 146 at the Charlotte Country Club in Charlotte, N.C. Last year, Nirapathpongporn

No Image Virada Nirapathpongporn Medals At U.S. Pub Links; Wins First Round In Match Play
Women's Golf 06/19/2003

June 19, 2003 PALM COAST, FLA. Duke University rising junior Virada Nirapathpongporn earned medalist honors at the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship on Wednesday and then won her first round of match play on Thursday at the 6,068-yard, par-72 Ocean Hammock Golf Club in Palm Coast, Fla. Nirapathpongporn fired rounds of 72, 69 for a total of 141 to lead Aimee Cho by one stroke in the qualifying rounds. A Bangkok, Thailand native, Nirapathpongporn then downed Carling Cho 3 and 2 in the first round of match play competition. In round two on Friday, Nirapathpongporn will next take on Gabby Wedding, who defeated Allison Johnson 3 and 1. Results from the first round of match play June 19 at the 27th U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links played at the par-72 (36-36), 6,068-yard Ocean Hammock Golf Club in Palm Coast, Fla.: Virada Nirapathpongporn (141) def. Carling Cho (158), 3 and 2 Gabby Wedding (152) def. Allison Johnson (152), 3 and 1 Brooke Tull (150) def. Emily

No Image Duke's Jason Widener Named Head Men's Golf Coach at UNC Wilmington
Women's Golf 06/11/2003

June 11, 2003 WILMINGTON, N.C. - Former Duke standout and assistant coach Jason Widener has been named to direct UNC Wilmington's successful men's golf program. Widener, 32, served as the top men's and women's golf assistant at Duke for three seasons and fills the position vacated by Grant Robbins, who accepted the head position at his alma mater, Memphis, in late April. "I'm very excited about the opportunity at UNC Wilmington," said Widener. "There's tremendous support from the athletic department and the community. A solid program is already in place and I look forward to the future." "We're delighted to have Jason lead our men's program," said Peg Bradley-Doppes, UNCW's athletic director. "Jason is recognized by his peers as one of the bright, young golf coaches in the country, and was the overwhelming choice of the selection committee. Our program has moved to the national forefront, and we believe Jason is the right person to take it to the next level. We're very excited

No Image Liz Janangelo Wins Connecticut State Open By Four Strokes
Women's Golf 06/05/2003

June 5, 2003 DURHAM, N.C. - After completing her freshman campaign at Duke just two weeks ago, Liz Janangelo registered a four-stroke victory at the Connecticut State Open on Tuesday at the Fox Hopyard Golf Club in East Haddam, Conn. Janangelo took a four-stroke lead into the final round and played the last seven holes in one-over-par fashion to take the tournament by four strokes over New York pro Cheryl Anderson. She finished the two-day tournament with rounds of 68-75=143, which was one-over-par. Former Duke standout, Kati Poppmeier, finished as the runner-up pro with rounds of 72-76=148. Janangelo was a first team NGCA All-America selection as a freshman at Duke this past season, which marked only the third time in school history at freshman has won the honor. She led Duke with two victories and her 73.66 stroke average was the third-best on the Duke freshman charts. - d - u - k - e -

No Image Virada Nirapathpongporn To Compete in LPGA Kellogg-Keebler Classic
Women's Golf 05/28/2003

May 28, 2003 DURHAM, N.C. - Duke University rising senior Virada Nirapathpongporn will compete in the LPGA Kellogg-Keebler Classic this week from May 30-June 1 at the Stonebridge Country Club in Aurora, Ill. It will mark the second LPGA event the 2002 NCAA Individual Champion has appeared in this year as she played in the Kraft Nabisco Championship in the fall. Nirapathpongporn finished tied 21st with a 76-72-72-73=293, which was the third-best amateur score in the field. Nirapathpongporn, a Bangkok, Thailand product, was selected National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) first team All-America for the second straight season in 2002-03. She posted a 73.39 stroke average as a junior, which ranked as the sixth-best in school history. The three-time All-ACC selection collected four top-five, five top-10 and six top-20 finishes in eight tournaments played. Her best finishes of the year came at the ACC Championship and Auburn Derby where she placed fourth. - d - u - k - e -

No Image Hardin, Janangelo and Nirapathpongporn Honored At NGCA Banquet
Women's Golf 05/24/2003

May 24, 2003 WEST LAFAYETTE, IND. - Juniors Leigh Anne Hardin and Virada Nirapathpongporn as well as freshman Liz Janangleo all were honored on Friday evening at the National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) banquet held at the University Inn located in West Lafayette, Ind. Nirapathpongporn became the first Blue Devil to receive NGCA first team All-America honors in each of her first three years at Duke. The 2002 NCAA Individual Champion led Duke with a 73.39 stroke average and registered five top-10 finishes in eight tournaments played. Her stroke average tied Beth Bauer for the sixth-best in school history. A Bangkok, Thailand product, Nirapathpongporn also turned in a 21st place finish at the LPGA Kraft Nabisco Championship in the spring. For the second straight year, Nirapathpongporn was also named to the NGCA All-America Scholar team, which requires over a 3.5 grade point average. The three-time All-ACC selection was also named to the NCAA East Regional All-Tournament team

No Image NCAA Golf Day Four
Women's Golf 05/23/2003

May 23, 2003 Recap

No Image Duke Finishes 10th In NCAA Championship
Women's Golf 05/23/2003

May 23, 2003 Photo Gallery WEST LAFAYETTE, IND. - The Duke women's golf team turned in a 299 on Friday to finish 10th in the 2003 NCAA Championship with a four-day total of 1225 at the Par-72, 6,300-Yard Kampen Golf Course in West Lafayette, Ind. Southern California claimed its first National Championship with a total of 1197. Rounding out the top 10 were Pepperdine (1212), Texas (1213), Ohio State (1214), UCLA (1216), Oklahoma State (1216), Arizona (1217), Florida (1221), Auburn (1224) and Duke (1225). Freshman Liz Janangelo turned in her third consecutive stellar round on Friday as she posted an even-par 72, but bogeys on her final three holes took away a possible three-under-par finish. Janangelo, a West Hartford, Conn., product, finished with a total of 302, which tied 17th. Reigning NCAA Champion, Virada Nirapathpongporn couldn't get it going on the final day as she turned in a 76, which included no birdies. Nirapathpongporn finished tied 11th individually with a 301.

No Image Duke Women's Golf Heads Into Final Round In Ninth Place
Women's Golf 05/22/2003

May 22, 2003 Quotes| Photo Gallery WEST LAFAYETTE, IND. - With the much better weather conditions on Thursday, the Duke women's golf team fired the third-best round of 294, but still trail Southern California by 25 strokes heading into the final round of the NCAA Championship at the Par-72, 6,300-Yard Kampen Golf Course in West Lafayette, Ind. Duke owns a three-day total of 926, but Southern California continued their stellar play and own a team-best 901 followed by Pepperdine (908), Oklahoma State (912), Texas (917), Florida (918), Auburn (920), Ohio State (921), UCLA (924), Duke (926) and Arizona (927) in the top 10. The Blue Devils will tee off the 10th hole beginning at 1:20 p.m. on Friday along with Ohio State and UCLA. For the second straight day, freshman Liz Janangelo led Duke's scoring with an even-par 72 and now is tied 25th in the individual competition with a three-day total of 230. Janangelo, a West Hartford, Conn., product, started her day off with three

No Image Duke Quotes
Women's Golf 05/22/2003

May 22, 2003 Recap| Photo Gallery Dan Brooks, Duke head coach This was more like Duke golf today: "The thing that was most like Duke golf today was we counted a 34 and three 35s on the backside. I have seen this team over and over play comeback golf and they did it today. It was great." On Virada's play "She came in and said I played with a lot of heart those last few holes and boy she did. That was great. I am not surprised that she was able to do that. I am very happy because around 10, 11 and 12-the standards are out there and we were pretty far over par as a team. All of them fought really hard." Virada Nirapathpongporn, Duke "It was up and down and then up again today. I am happy with the way I finished. I know today was a good day to score and I didn't take full advantage of that, but I am happy with the way I came out. It is a lot more enjoyable when you are able to hit your shots and not have to worry about the wind, water and everything. When the wind