June 30, 2004 SOUTH HADLEY, MASS. - One current member of the Duke women's golf team and three Blue Devil alumnae will tee it up at the 2004 U.S. Women's Open Championship beginning on Thursday at the 6,473-yard, Par 71 Orchards Golf Club in South Hadley, Mass. Rising senior Niloufar Aazam-Zanganeh, 2004 graduate Virada Nirapathpongporn, two-year letterwinner from 1999-2000 Beth Bauer and 1989 graduate Jean Bartholomew will all compete for the national championship. Bartholomew will get things started first on Thursday at 7:55 a.m., off hole 10, while Bauer (10) will tee off at 8:17 a.m., Nirapathpongporn (1) at 12:59 p.m., and Aazam-Zanganeh at 12:15 p.m. (1). Nirapathpongporn will play the first two rounds along with Annika Sorenstam and Cristie Kerr, who have won 55 career LPGA tournaments between them. Aazam-Zanganeh, a native of Lausanne, Switzerland, won the sectional qualifying event on June 15 at the Country Club of Spartanburg in Spartanburg, S.C., with a total of 143
June 26, 2004 WILLIAMSBURG, VA.- Duke University rising sophomore Brittany Lang's run at the 2004 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links (WAPL) Championship came to an end on Saturday as she fell in the quarterfinals to In-Bee Park, 1up, in 22 holes at the 6,179-yard, Par 72 Green Course of the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club. Lang, a McKinney, Texas native, led the entire match and held a 2up lead going into the final two holes of competition, but Park birdied both the par-three hole 17 and par-five hole 18 to even the match and send it into extra holes. Both golfers birdied the 19th and 20th holes of extra play and then had a par on the par-four hole 21 before Park had a birdie on the 22nd hole to win the match, 1up. Overall, Park birdied five of her last six holes to win the match. The Women's Amateur Public Links is one of 13 national championships conducted by the United States Golf Association.
June 25, 2004 WILLIAMSBURG, VA.-Brittany Lang continued her hot play at the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links (WAPL) by winning two match play contests on Friday to advance to the quarterfinals at the 6,179-yard, Par 72 Green Course of the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club. In the first match of the day, Lang never trailed against Jenny Suh as the rising sophomore at Duke won 3 2. A McKinney, Texas product, Lang connected on five birdies in the round, which was stopped after the 16th hole. Lang went up against Janet Dyer in the third round later on in the afternoon. Dyer took the early lead with a birdie on the first hole but Lang evened the match on the par-four with a birdie of her own. The 2004 National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) National Rookie of the Year, Lang never trailed the rest of the match winning 3 2 on the 16th hole. She carded four birdies on the afternoon to take the victory. Lang will next battle the 2002 U.S. Girls Junior Champion In-Bee Park on Saturday
June 24, 2004 WILLIAMSBURG, VA. - After breaking the 36-hole qualifying record on Wednesday, Duke University rising sophomore Brittany Lang continued her stellar play in the first round of match play at the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links (WAPL) with a 5 4 victory over Amber Jean Kuss in Williamsburg, Va. A McKinney, Texas native, Lang kicked off the round by going 1up on Kuss with a par on the first hole, but Kuss evened the score with a birdie on the second hole. Kuss bogied the third hole to give Lang a 1up advantage for the second time and the match remained the same until the seventh hole where Lang birdied the par-three. The score remained 2up until the 12th hole where Lang turned up the heat with the first of three straight birdies to close out the match, 4 5, on the 14th hole. Lang will next play Jenny Sugh on Friday at 7:30 a.m. Sugh picked up a 2 1 victory over Mina Harigae on Thursday to advance to the second round. The WAPL is being played at the 6,157-yard,
June 24, 2004 WILLIAMSBURG, VA. - Duke's Brittany Lang earned medalist honors on Wednesday in record fashion as the Blue Devil rising sophomore registered a 65 on day two to finish with a 36-hole qualifying record of 135 at the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links (WAPL). Lang connected on eight birdies Wednesday and beat out Jenna Pearson by two strokes to claim medalist honors at the 6,157-yard, Par 72 Golden Horseshoe Golf Club. She went on a streak where she birdied four in a row from the third hole through the sixth with putts ranging from two to eight feet. The McKinney, Texas product then birdied the 10th hole on a 25-foot putt and the 13th from 30 feet before making a four-footer at the 15th and a seven-footer at the 17th. "It's great," said Lang. "You want to be low. It usually gives you a good draw. I feel good about it because it's what I wanted to do. I hit a lot of shots at the flag and gave myself a lot of birdie opportunities." The reigning National Golf Coaches
June 23, 2004 WILLIAMSBURG, VA. - Duke University rising sophomore and the reigning National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) National Rookie of the Year, Brittany Lang, carded a first round 70 on Tuesday and is tied for third at the Women's Amateur Public Links (WAPL) in Williamsburg, Va. Lang, a native of McKinney, Texas, carded five birdies on the day at the Par 72, 6,157-yard Golden Horseshoe Golf Club and is tied with seven other golfers after day one. The first team All-America selection will tee off on Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. in the second and final round of stroke play before match play begins. The lowest 64 golfers will advance to match play. Last summer, Lang posted victories at the North and South Women's Amateur and the Women's Western Amateur Championship in back-to-back weeks. - d - u - k - e -
June 17, 2004 DURHAM, N.C. - Duke University rising junior Liz Janangelo has been named the Golfweek College Player of the Year for the 2003-04 campaign, becoming the first Blue Devil to earn the annual award. A West Hartford, Conn., product, Janangelo concluded the season with the National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA), the Golfstat Cup and the Golfweek National Player of the Year awards. Janangelo earned these honors after posting a school-record 71.10 stroke average, four tournament victories and 19 rounds of even or under par in 10 tournaments. She led the Blue Devils to a school-record 10 victories, a No. 1 national ranking the entire season and a third place finish at the NCAA Championship. The two-time first-team NGCA All-America selection set new Duke records for lowest 18-hole score (65-tie) and 36-hole score (134), while crushing the single-season record for scoring average. Out of 10 tournaments played, Janangelo had nine top-five and 10 top-20 finishes. For most
June 16, 2004 DURHAM, N.C. - Through the first four sectional qualifying events of the 2004 U.S. Women's Open, the Duke program already has two golfers- Niloufar Aazam-Zanganeh and Virada Nirapathpongporn- who have qualified to play at the Par 71, 6,473-yard Orchards Golf Club in South Hadley, Mass., on July 1-4. Aazam-Zanganeh, a rising senior from Lausanne, Switzerland, won the sectional qualifying event on June 15 at the Country Club of Spartanburg in Spartanburg, S.C. with a total of 143. She was one of only three golfers who qualified from the site. The U.S. Open appearance will be the first in her career for Aazam-Zanganeh. Last season, Aazam-Zanganeh missed all of the fall campaign due to hip surgery and only appeared in three spring tournaments. "This is really impressive what Niloufar has done in the two qualifying events," said Duke Head Coach Dan Brooks. "Because I know her I am not surprised, but people should be impressed by what she has accomplished, after what
June 13, 2004 FORMBY, England (AP) - Michelle Wie helped the United States win its fourth straight Curtis Cup on Sunday with a 10-8 victory over Britain-Ireland. The Americans have won the biennial amateur competition 24 of the 33 times it has been played. European and British teams already hold the Ryder Cup, Solheim Cup and Walker Cup. The 14-year-old Wie beat Nicola Timmins 6 and 5 to give the United States a 7-6 lead. Wie, the youngest player in Curtis Cup history, is part of a U.S. team that doesn't have a player over 22. "I played lights out," Wie said. "I hit the fairways, didn't miss the greens much. I played really well." Paula Creamer won her singles Sunday afternoon and Jane Park lost hers. Then Elizabeth Janangelo beat Shelley McKevitt 1-up to give the United States an insurmountable 9-7 lead. "I had played well in my earlier matches," said Janangelo, who lost two previous matches. "I just hadn't won. I'm just so happy my captain had the confidence to put
June 3, 2004 By BRUCE BERLET Hartford Courant Staff Writer WATERBURY, CT-- In the inaugural Connecticut Women's Open, Liz Janangelo, then 15 and headed into her sophomore year at Conard High in West Hartford, missed a 10-foot par putt to three-putt the final hole. Adding to Janangelo's misery was an ensuing drive behind a tree and bogey at the first extra hole, handing the title to Tammy Lohren-Thomas. Janangelo would win her second tournament appearance in 2003, but the par miss five years ago still haunted her. Janangelo spent hours- sometimes 'til dark- on the putting green at Wampanoag Country Club in West Hartford practicing the putt she couldn't get out of her mind. Wednesday at the Country Club of Waterbury, Janangelo got a shot at redemption. After watching playing partner and three-time winner Suzy Whaley- battling the sting of a bruised tendon in her right wrist sustained when she hit a root three holes earlier- hang a 20-foot eagle try to the right, Janangelo
May 26, 2004 Enjoy the photos of the Duke women's golf team both on and off the course. Some of the photos are from graduation, the final day of the NCAA Championship and of the NGCA banquet at the NCAA Championship.
May 25, 2004 DURHAM, N.C. - Former Duke women's golf four-time All-America Virada Nirapathpongporn is set to make her professional debut this weekend in the New Innsbrook Country Club FUTURES Golf Classic. The tournament will take place from May 27-29 in Merrillville, Ind., at the Par 72, New Innsbrook Country Club. Nirapathpongporn will try to follow in the footsteps of former Duke All-America's Candy Hannemann and Beth Bauer who earned their LPGA Tour cards by finishing in the top-three of the FUTURES Tour money list. Last season, in Nirapathpongporn's only FUTURES Tour appearance she finished tied for third at the York Newspaper Company FUTURES Classic. There will be 13 remaining FUTURES Tour events Nirapathpongporn will be able to participate in and if she finishes in the top-five of the money list she will receive her exempt LPGA Tour card. Duke currently has three former Blue Devils who play on the LPGA Tour- Bauer, Hannemann and Jean Bartholomew. A number of former