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Lindy Duncan with tournament hosts WFU, UNC Coaches
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Lindy Duncan with tournament hosts WFU, UNC Coaches
Duncan Claims Third Victory of the Season
Sunday 04/08/2012  -  Duke Sports Information
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GREENSBORO, N.C. – For the third time this season, Duke University junior Lindy Duncan claimed medalist honors in a tournament as the top-ranked golfer in the nation carded three under-par rounds to finish with a 54-hole total of 212 to win the 2012 Bryan National Collegiate at the 6,323-yard, Par 72 Players Course at the Bryan Park Golf and Enrichment Center in Greensboro, N.C.

“Today was a little bit of a struggle with my wedges and short irons -- not really sure what was going on -- I wasn’t hitting the ball very long today as I couldn’t get a good gauge on my distance control,” said Duncan.  “My driver this week was probably my best as I hit a ton of fairways and I was hitting it really long so that gave me a really big advantage into the greens, which were pretty firm.  I putted well all week -- I have been really working hard on my putting and working really hard overall.”

Duncan, who is out of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., totaled a two-stroke victory over UNC Greensboro’s Fanny Cnops (214), which marked her third win of the 2011-12 season and the fifth career win.  Her five career wins now rank tied for sixth on Duke’s career victory list along with Virada Nirapathpongporn and Candy Hannemann. 

“It feels really good going into a tournament knowing that I have been working really hard, having a good attitude and come out with a win is really exciting,” said Duncan.“

Duncan opened her day on the fourth hole and quickly went down to over-over-par with a bogey on her second hole.  The two-time All-America responded well with a birdie on No. 7, but dropped another shot on No. 11 with a bogey.  Duncan registered her fourth eagle of the season on the next hole, the 498-yard, par five 12th hole.  She blistered her drive approximately 280 yards and then hit a perfect five-wood into the green before rolling in an 18-footer for eagle.

“That was huge because I was playing well before then but nothing really was happening and I kind of had a feeling was going to be the hole,” said Duncan.  “Making that putt was really good momentum.”

She suffered another bogey two holes later but posted back-to-back birdies on No. 17 and No. 18 to move to two-under-par.  Duncan rolled in a 15-footer on the 17th before sticking her 6-iron to within four feet and making the put for her third birdie of the day.  She notched three pars on the final three holes to finish with a two-under-par, 70.

On the day, she hit 12 fairways, nine greens and had a season-low 26 putts.   

“Lindy is making her share of mistakes out there because that is the nature of the game, but what I really like about her is the way she handles her mistakes,” said Brooks.  “That is the greatest improvement I have seen Lindy make as a college player.  It is just the patience it takes to handle your own mistakes and she has gotten really good at that.  I had flashbacks to her freshman year on this same golf course where she didn’t handle her mistakes patiently.”

As a team, Duke made a great comeback as the Blue Devils entered the final round in sixth place and nine strokes out of the lead.  The Blue Devils carded a team-best one-over-par, 289, on Sunday and finished in a tied for first place tie along with Tennessee with a 54-hole total of 882.  In the playoff, Tennessee made four pars, while Duke registered three pars and a double-bogey to give the Lady Vols the team victory. 

“They were really solid today,” said Brooks.  “It is unfortunate our deficit was a little to high going in.  We had a great day and I am very proud of Stacey Kim of her chip-in on her last hole today and then her beautiful putt she made in the playoff.  We didn’t end up winning the playoff but she made a really, really good eight foot putt in the playoff.  There was just a lot of really good golf today,”

Following Tennessee and Duke with three-day totals of 882, Florida State (889), Ohio State (892), North Carolina (892), South Carolina (894), Wake Forest (895), Northwestern (896), UNC Greensboro (900) and Tulane (902) rounded out the top 10 teams. 

Junior Stacey Kim continued her solid golf on Sunday as she posted a final round one-over-par, 73, to finish tied for ninth with a 54-hole total of 221.  Her top 10 finish was the first of the season and third of her career.  In the final round, Kim opened with a bogey, birdie and then collected four straight pars.  A product of Columbus, Ga., Kim had a bogey on No. 10 and then notched eight consecutive pars.  She had a bogey on No. 1 but closed with a chip-in birdie on the 160-yard, par three No. 3 as she holed a 25-foot chip with a wedge to close with a 73.  On the day, she hit seven fairways, eight greens and had 27 putts. 

Totaling Duke’s second-best round of the day was sophomore Alejandra Cangrejo as she collected a one-under-par, 71, which marked her third round of even or under par this season.  With her three-day total of 223, Cangrejo finished tied for 16th overall, her second top 20 placement of the season.  She had an incredible start to the day as she was four-under-par through 12 holes before notching two straight bogeys, a birdie and a double-bogey over the next four holes to drop to one-under-par.  Her birdie on No. 16 included a chip-in from 16 yards.  Cangrejo, who is from Bogota, Colombia, parred the final two holes to finish with the 71.  She hit 10 greens, five fairways and rolled in 27 putts on the day.  

Sophomore Laetitia Beck was one-under-par through 11 holes but struggled on the way in as she suffered a bogey on her 13th hole and a double-bogey on her 17th hole on her way to finishing with a 75.  Her 54-hole total of 229 was tied for 43rd.  Beck hit 10 fairways, nine greens and had 31 putts on the day. 

A native of Blacksburg, Va., Courtney Ellenbogen totaled a 77 on Sunday on her way to closing with a 229, which was tied for 43rd.  She had one birdie on the day, which came on the 498-yard, par five 12th hole. 

Playing as an individual, Irene Jung had a 78 on Sunday and was tied for 69th overall with a 234.  She also had a birdie on the 12th hole as she hit 11 greens, six fairways and had 33 putts. 

“It is huge,” said Duncan on the team finishing tied for first through 54 holes.  “Obviously, we have shown that on any given day that when four or five of us are playing well we can play with anybody.  We moved up I think five spots today.  It just shows that if you keep working, keep grinding that anything can happen.”

Duke will next compete in the ACC Championship on April 13-15 at the Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C.

“If this doesn’t make them hungry to win the ACC Championship, I don’t know what will,” said Brooks.  “They seem hungry and ready to go after it.”

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Duke Results

4 1 Lindy Duncan Duke 71 71 70 212 -4
T14 T9 Stacey Kim Duke 73 75 73 221 +5
T39 T16 Alejandra Cangrejo Duke 78 74 71 223 +7
T49 T43 Laetitia Beck Duke 77 77 75 229 +13
T39 T43 Courtney Ellenbogen Duke 77 75 77 229 +13
T65 T69 Irene Jung * Duke 79 77 78 234 +18

1 2 3 Team Scores
7 6 T1 Duke 298 295 289 882 +18
3 1 T1 Tennessee 293 291 298 882 +18
T5 2 3 Florida State 297 289 303 889 +25
T5 4 T4 Ohio State 297 294 301 892 +28
9 3 T4 North Carolina 301 289 302 892 +28
2 5 6 South Carolina 292 300 302 894 +30
4 7 7 Wake Forest 295 299 301 895 +31
1 8 8 Northwestern 290 305 301 896 +32
T11 12 9 UNCG 306 300 294 900 +36
T11 T9 10 Tulane 306 296 300 902 +38
8 T9 11 Virginia 299 303 301 903 +39
T14 13 12 Michigan State 310 300 299 909 +45
10 14 13 Kentucky 304 309 298 911 +47
T11 11 14 North Carolina State 306 299 307 912 +48
T14 15 15 UNC Wilmington 310 307 309 926 +62
17 16 16 Louisville 317 316 308 941 +77
16 17 17 College of Charleston 313 322 312 947 +83

Start Finish Player Team Scores
4 1 Lindy Duncan Duke 71 71 70 212 -4
T5 2 Fanny Cnops UNCG 73 70 71 214 -2
T1 T3 Rachel Rohanna Ohio State 71 70 75 216 E
T1 T3 Erica Popson Tennessee 71 70 75 216 E
T14 T5 Katie Burnett South Carolina 70 78 71 219 +3
T1 T5 Jessica Negron Florida State 72 69 78 219 +3
7 T7 Amanda Strang South Carolina 72 72 76 220 +4
T5 T7 O. Kristinsdottir Wake Forest 71 72 77 220 +4
T8 T9 Nathalie Mansson Tennessee 74 72 75 221 +5
T14 T9 Stacey Kim Duke 73 75 73 221 +5
T21 T9 Marissa Dodd Wake Forest 73 76 72 221 +5
T10 T9 Laure Castelain Florida State 74 73 74 221 +5
T21 T13 Amy Meier Ohio State 75 74 73 222 +6
T14 T13 Brittany Altomare Virginia 72 76 74 222 +6
T14 T13 Cheyenne Woods Wake Forest 73 75 74 222 +6
T14 T16 Ana Lucia Martinez UNCG 75 73 75 223 +7
T28 T16 Maria Salinas Florida State 76 74 73 223 +7
T28 T16 Kaitlyn Rohrback Tennessee 75 75 73 223 +7
T10 T16 Casey Grice North Carolina 77 70 76 223 +7
T39 T16 Alejandra Cangrejo Duke 78 74 71 223 +7
T8 T16 Augusta James North Carolina State 76 70 77 223 +7
T14 T22 Samantha Swinehart * South Carolina 73 75 76 224 +8
T21 T22 Jackie Chang North Carolina 72 77 75 224 +8
T14 T22 Samantha Troyanovich Tulane 71 77 76 224 +8
T34 T25 Catherine O'Donnell North Carolina 82 69 74 225 +9
T10 T25 Maribel Porras-Lopez Tulane 75 72 78 225 +9
T21 T25 Elizabeth Brightwell Virginia 76 73 76 225 +9
T28 T25 Devon Brown Northwestern 73 77 75 225 +9
T28 T25 Brittany Mai Northwestern 73 77 75 225 +9
T34 T30 Justine Dreher South Carolina 73 78 75 226 +10
T39 T30 Gemma Dryburgh Tulane 80 72 74 226 +10
T21 T30 Katherine Perry North Carolina 74 75 77 226 +10
T45 T30 Christine Meier Michigan State 80 73 73 226 +10
T34 T30 Liz Nagel Michigan State 79 72 75 226 +10
T39 T35 Heather Lott Kentucky 72 80 75 227 +11
T34 T35 Ana Menendez North Carolina State 74 77 76 227 +11
T49 T35 Alex Lederhausen Northwestern 80 74 73 227 +11
T21 T35 Kendall Prince Ohio State 74 75 78 227 +11
T57 T35 Briana Mao Virginia 76 79 72 227 +11
T28 T40 Hana Lee Northwestern 73 77 78 228 +12
T10 T40 Sara Monberg Tennessee 73 74 81 228 +12
T49 T40 Vicky Villanueva * Ohio State 78 76 74 228 +12
T39 T43 Courtney Ellenbogen Duke 77 75 77 229 +13
T57 T43 Lindsey Solberg Michigan State 78 77 74 229 +13
T57 T43 Stephanie Wagstaff Tulane 80 75 74 229 +13
T49 T43 Laetitia Beck Duke 77 77 75 229 +13
T21 T43 Meredith Swanson South Carolina 77 72 80 229 +13
T28 T43 Sofia Hagsund UNC Wilmington 75 75 79 229 +13
T45 49 Caroline Powers Michigan State 75 78 77 230 +14
T34 T50 Lauren Weaver Northwestern 71 80 80 231 +15
T65 T50 Betsie Johnson Kentucky 75 81 75 231 +15
T76 T50 Liz Breed Kentucky 87 72 72 231 +15
T76 T50 Courtney Taylor UNCG 79 80 72 231 +15
T65 T50 Susana Benavides Ohio State 80 76 75 231 +15
T57 T50 Leigh Whittaker College of Charleston 78 77 76 231 +15
T49 T50 Kathy Boehm College of Charleston 75 79 77 231 +15
T65 T50 A.J. Newell Tennessee 80 76 75 231 +15
T39 T50 Claudia Lim Ohio State 77 75 79 231 +15
T45 T50 Vivian Tsui North Carolina State 77 76 78 231 +15
T57 T60 Emily Haas Louisville 79 76 77 232 +16
T76 T60 Candice Wiley Louisville 78 81 73 232 +16
T49 T60 Hannah Thomson Florida State 81 73 78 232 +16
T74 T60 Lori Beth Adams UNC Wilmington 77 81 74 232 +16
T57 T60 Laverry Kumar UNC Wilmington 80 75 77 232 +16
T49 T65 Jeanne Metivier UNC Wilmington 78 76 79 233 +17
T70 T65 Brittany Marchand North Carolina State 79 78 76 233 +17
T49 T65 Ashleigh Albrecht Kentucky 78 76 79 233 +17
T45 T65 Allie White North Carolina 78 75 80 233 +17
T70 T69 Begona Sarabia UNCG 80 77 77 234 +18
T65 T69 Irene Jung * Duke 79 77 78 234 +18
T49 71 Katie Petrino Louisville 79 75 81 235 +19
T70 T72 Portland Rosen Virginia 75 82 79 236 +20
T76 T72 Courtney Gunter * North Carolina 78 81 77 236 +20
81 T72 Ashley McKenney Tulane 80 80 76 236 +20
T74 T72 Greta Lange Wake Forest 78 80 78 236 +20
T57 76 Kaira Martin * Virginia 76 79 82 237 +21
T76 T77 Allison Emrey Wake Forest 83 76 80 239 +23
T65 T77 Lindsay McGetrick North Carolina State 80 76 83 239 +23
T70 T77 Allyssa Ferrell Michigan State 78 79 82 239 +23
86 T80 Ashlee Rose Kentucky 79 85 76 240 +24
85 T80 Hunter Ross * Wake Forest 81 82 77 240 +24
T82 T82 Vanessa Koechli College of Charleston 80 81 80 241 +25
84 T82 Alei Mitchell UNC Wilmington 80 82 79 241 +25
T39 T82 Lauren Greenlief Virginia 77 75 89 241 +25
T57 T82 Katie Rose Higgins South Carolina 77 78 86 241 +25
T87 T82 Berglind Bjornsdotir UNCG 79 86 76 241 +25
T82 87 Carlton Kuhlo Florida State 75 86 83 244 +28
T87 88 Sara Karlsson Louisville 81 84 80 245 +29
T89 89 Anna Martin College of Charleston 80 87 79 246 +30
T91 90 Maria Castellanos Louisville 85 84 78 247 +31
T89 91 Michelle Hartenstein * Wake Forest 79 88 84 251 +35
T91 92 C.C. Buford College of Charleston 84 85 83 252 +36
93 93 Kelly Berry * UNCG 98 90 84 272 +56
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