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Blue Devils Advance to NCAA Championship
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 05/10/2017
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Boosted by a team-best even-par round of 288 Wednesday, the Duke women's golf team moved up to finish second overall at the NCAA Regional in Albuquerque, N.M., with a 54-hole ledger of 873.  With the finish, the Blue Devils advance to the NCAA Championship for the 29th time in school history and will compete May 19-24 at Rich Harvest Farm in Sugar Grove, Ill.

After starting the tournament in tied sixth, the Blue Devils moved up to fourth after 36 holes and moved up to second after the three days to finish seven shots back of Stanford (873).  Duke carded rounds of 297, 288 and 288 for a nine-over, 873.  Over the last 36 holes, the Blue Devils and Cardinal were tied with a 576 score at the 6,637-yard, par 72 The Championship Course at the University of New Mexico.  

“We handled these conditions very well,” said Duke head coach Dan Brooks.  “The last two days, particularly, to shoot even par – I couldn't be more proud of them.  It was a tough regionals and I'm glad we're moving on."

The other teams advancing on to the NCAA Championship were Pepperdine (879), Southern California (884), California (888) and Miami (888).  

Duke freshman Ana Belac registered her first collegiate top-five finish as she posted rounds of 73, 71 and 70 for a two-under-par, 214, which was four shots off individual winner Albane Valenzuela of Stanford (210).  Belac, who hails from Portoroz, Slovenia, was one of only five golfers to finish under par in the field and led the field with 13 birdies over the 54 holes of play.  

“It was my first top five [finish] obviously, but I wasn't really thinking about where I was going to place,” commented Belac.  “It is just like building habits throughout the season and the hard work is starting to pay off.  I think that is a good boost for confidence for nationals.”

Belac opened the day by draining a 10-foot birdie on the 160-yard, par three third hole and a 25-foot birdie on No. 4 to get to two-under-par early.  She added a bogey on No. 6 and then collected key up-and-down par saves on No. 8 and No. 9 to make the turn at one-under, 35.  Belac kicked off the back nine with back-to-back birdies on No. 11 and No. 12 as she drained a seven-footer and 12-footer, respectively.    Over the final six holes, Belac tallied five pars and a bogey on No. 16.  She tied a season best with 28 putts to go along with hitting 12 greens and eight fairways.  

“It gives you a lot of confidence going to nationals knowing that we can all play well,” said Belac.  “Not just one or two on the team – we are all contributing to the team.”

 Junior Leona Maguire closed the regional with rounds of 75, 71 and 71 for a one-over, 217.  Maguire turned in her ninth top 10 finish of the season and 19th round of even or under par as she tied for sixth overall.  Maguire, a native of Cavan, Ireland, opened the day with a par on No. 1 and a very nice up-and-down par on No. 2.  She then stuck her approach on No. 3 to six feet and rolled in the birdie putt.  Maguire would then play the next seven holes at two-over-par with bogeys at No. 5 and No. 8, while totaling another up-and-down on No. 6.  

Over the last 10 holes though, Maguire played the course at two-under-par in very high winds and cold temperatures.  She notched an eight-foot birdie on the 170-yard, par three 11th hole and then nearly holed out her approach shot from 147 yards on the 365-yard, par four 17th.  She went on to sink her two-inch birdie followed by a par on 18.  She hit 15 greens, 11 fairways and rolled 30 putts on the final day.  

In three NCAA Regionals, Maguire has placed in the top 10 in all three appearances.

After closing strong with an even-par, 72, on the final day, sophomore Virginia Elena Carta moved up into a tie for 18th with a five-over, 221, for the tournament.  Carta opened the day with five pars before rolling in a five-foot birdie on No. 6, which was her first birdie since the opening round.  After bogeys on No. 8 and No. 10, Carta stuck her tee shot on No. 11 to two inches from 126 yards with a half pitching wedge.  She knocked it in for birdie, then had an up-and-down par on No. 12 and sank a five-foot birdie with a lot of break on No. 13.  Carta, who is from Udine, Italy, would finish the day with four pars and a three-putt bogey on No. 15.  She hit 15 greens, 10 fairways and had 34 putts in the final round.

With a three-over-par, 75, junior Lisa Maguire posted a key counting round Wednesday for the Blue Devils on her way to finishing in a tie for 66th.  She opened the morning with Duke's lone birdie on the par five first hole as she knocked in a 20-footer.  Maguire went on to made seven straight pars, which included up-and-downs on No. 6, No. 7 and No. 8.   After a double-bogey on No. 9 and a bogy on No. 10, Maguire parred the final seven holes to finish with a 75.  She added up-and-down pars on the 12th, 13th and 14th holes as well.  She hit eight greens, five fairways and tied a season best with 27 putts.  

Senior Sandy Choi tied a season high with an 81 on her way to finishing with an 11-over, 227, for the tournament.  Choi, a native of Seoul, South Korea, was held without a birdie on the day and tied a season high with 38 putts.  

Duke has claimed six NCAA Championships under Brooks in 1999, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2014.  

“We have a short week of preparation for Illinois,” commented Brooks.  “We have some northern grass growing in our facility so we are going to be getting in that.  And it's actually been good here in Albuquerque because even though you are in the south you are up high so this is northern grass. So it has been great.”

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Duke Results
T10 T4 Ana Belac Duke 73 71 70 214 -2
T19 T6 Leona Maguire Duke 75 71 71 217 +1
T37 T18 Virginia Elena Carta Duke 74 75 72 221 +5
T19 T43 Sandy Choi Duke 75 71 81 227 +11
T76 T66 Lisa Maguire Duke 79 77 75 231 +15

1 2 3 Team Scores
2 1 1 Stanford 290 283 293 866 +2
T6 4 2 Duke 297 288 288 873 +9
1 2 3 Pepperdine 287 290 302 879 +15
5 3 4 Southern California 296 285 303 884 +20
T3 5 T5 California 295 291 302 888 +24
10 8 T5 Miami 303 288 297 888 +24
8 T10 7 North Carolina State 301 294 295 890 +26
T3 6 8 Washington 295 292 304 891 +27
T6 T10 9 Campbell 297 298 298 893 +29
11 7 10 Oklahoma State 304 286 308 898 +34
13 9 11 Illinois 306 287 308 901 +37
12 14 12 Denver 305 300 298 903 +39
9 12 13 SMU 302 301 302 905 +41
14 13 14 New Mexico State 307 297 305 909 +45
16 15 15 Sacramento State 310 298 303 911 +47
15 16 16 Cal Poly 308 312 315 935 +71
17 17 17 Houston Baptist 314 310 326 950 +86
18 18 18 Texas Southern Univ. 365 350 355 1070 +206

Start Finish Player Team Scores
1 1 Albane Valenzuela Stanford 71 69 70 210 -6
T2 T2 Martina Edberg * CSU Fullerton 73 68 72 213 -3
T4 T2 Tatiana Wijaya Pepperdine 70 72 71 213 -3
T4 T4 Bianca Pagdanganan * Gonzaga 73 69 72 214 -2
T10 T4 Ana Belac Duke 73 71 70 214 -2
T19 T6 Leona Maguire Duke 75 71 71 217 +1
T7 T6 Victoria Morgan Southern California 72 71 74 217 +1
T19 T8 Nadine White Campbell 73 73 72 218 +2
T13 T8 Renate Grimstad Miami 73 72 73 218 +2
T13 T8 Andrea Lee Stanford 75 70 73 218 +2
T7 T11 Marthe Wold California 72 71 76 219 +3
T13 T11 Casey Danielson Stanford 72 73 74 219 +3
T7 T11 Shannon Aubert Stanford 72 71 76 219 +3
T19 T14 Dewi Weber Miami 77 69 74 220 +4
T19 T14 Kenzie Neisen Oklahoma State 77 69 74 220 +4
T30 T14 Wenyung Keh Washington 73 75 72 220 +4
T13 T14 Momoka Kobori Pepperdine 73 72 75 220 +4
T26 T18 Sarah Bae North Carolina State 75 72 74 221 +5
T37 T18 Virginia Elena Carta Duke 74 75 72 221 +5
T44 T18 Jessica Carty Denver 76 74 71 221 +5
T2 T18 Julianne Alvarez Washington 72 69 80 221 +5
T10 T18 Patricia Wong Pepperdine 72 72 77 221 +5
T13 T18 Muni He Southern California 74 71 76 221 +5
T4 T24 Laura Kowohl North Carolina State 69 73 80 222 +6
T30 T24 Marianne Li California 73 75 74 222 +6
T10 T24 Maria Herraez Galvez California 72 72 78 222 +6
T26 T27 Delfina Acosta Miami 76 71 77 224 +8
T37 T27 Siyun Liu Illinois 77 72 75 224 +8
T26 T27 Maddie McCrary Oklahoma State 77 70 77 224 +8
T13 T27 Grace Park Illinois 75 70 79 224 +8
T37 T27 Brigitte Dunne SMU 75 74 75 224 +8
T26 T27 Jess Yuen * Missouri 74 73 77 224 +8
T37 T27 Nishtha Madan Sacramento State 77 72 75 224 +8
T37 T27 Mariell Bruun Denver 75 74 75 224 +8
T37 T27 Gabriella Then Southern California 76 73 75 224 +8
T19 T36 Desiree Andersson Campbell 72 74 79 225 +9
T50 T36 Suthavee Chanachai New Mexico State 78 74 73 225 +9
T59 T38 Filippa Moork Miami 77 76 73 226 +10
T47 T38 India Clyburn North Carolina State 79 72 75 226 +10
T50 T38 Ayelen Irizar Campbell 77 75 74 226 +10
T50 T38 Paige Lee * UC Davis 77 75 74 226 +10
T30 T38 Sarah Rhee Washington 72 76 78 226 +10
T44 T43 Linnea Johansson Oklahoma State 78 72 77 227 +11
T44 T43 Kenzie Wright SMU 74 76 77 227 +11
T19 T43 Sandy Choi Duke 75 71 81 227 +11
T50 T43 Astha Madan Sacramento State 78 74 75 227 +11
T37 T43 Dominique Galloway New Mexico State 75 74 78 227 +11
T30 T43 Hira Naveed Pepperdine 72 76 79 227 +11
T65 T49 Annelie Sjoholm Campbell 76 78 74 228 +12
T30 T49 Alexis Sadeghy Oklahoma State 73 75 80 228 +12
T19 T49 Chayanid Prapassarangkul Illinois 75 71 82 228 +12
T30 T49 Gudrun Bjorgvinsdottir * Fresno State 73 75 80 228 +12
T65 T49 Lucia Gutierrez California 78 76 74 228 +12
T59 T49 Jessica Dreesbeimdieke Denver 75 78 75 228 +12
T47 T49 Kristen Cline New Mexico State 76 75 77 228 +12
T30 T49 Tiffany Chan Southern California 74 74 80 228 +12
T80 T57 Leonie Bettel North Carolina State 80 77 72 229 +13
T65 T57 Faith Summers SMU 77 77 75 229 +13
T50 T57 Kristin Le * Santa Clara 80 72 77 229 +13
T50 T57 Valeria Macias New Mexico State 78 74 77 229 +13
T59 T57 Julia Becker Sacramento State 76 77 76 229 +13
T50 T62 Anna Svanka Campbell 76 76 78 230 +14
T50 T62 Jiyoon Jang California 79 73 78 230 +14
T70 T62 Karen Miyamoto Washington 78 77 75 230 +14
T47 T62 Jamie Binns Cal Poly 77 74 79 230 +14
T76 T66 Lisa Maguire Duke 79 77 75 231 +15
T65 T66 Sierra Kersten Stanford 78 76 77 231 +15
T50 T68 Chih-Min Chen Oklahoma State 77 75 80 232 +16
T80 T68 Lindsey McCurdy SMU 83 74 75 232 +16
T70 T68 Bing Singhsumalee Illinois 79 76 77 232 +16
T76 T71 Lauren Whyte Denver 79 77 77 233 +17
T76 T71 Sofie Babic Sacramento State 80 76 77 233 +17
T80 T73 Tristyn Nowlin Illinois 83 74 77 234 +18
T59 T73 Macarena Aguilera Miami 77 76 81 234 +18
88 T73 Naomi Ko North Carolina State 78 82 74 234 +18
T70 T73 Ana Paula Ramirez SMU 76 79 79 234 +18
T65 T73 Mallory Muehlbauer Cal Poly 74 80 80 234 +18
T59 T73 Charlotte Hartshorn Houston Baptist 77 76 81 234 +18
T70 T79 Chloe Bartek Sacramento State 79 76 80 235 +19
T70 T79 Sophie Newlove Denver 80 75 80 235 +19
T59 T79 Katherine Zhu Pepperdine 79 74 82 235 +19
T76 T79 Desiree Gillaspy Cal Poly 77 79 79 235 +19
T80 T83 Ellen Takada Washington 85 72 79 236 +20
T86 T83 Jamie Harada Cal Poly 80 79 77 236 +20
T70 85 Alisa Chong Houston Baptist 78 77 82 237 +21
T86 T86 Camille Orito New Mexico State 82 77 81 240 +24
T84 T86 Caylee Senn Houston Baptist 78 80 82 240 +24
T84 T86 Kaity Cummings Houston Baptist 81 77 82 240 +24
89 89 Lexi Brooks Houston Baptist 81 81 81 243 +27
90 90 Sophie Bergland Cal Poly 81 82 81 244 +28
91 91 Amber Kuykendall Texas Southern Univ. 83 84 82 249 +33
92 92 Jalyn Joseph Texas Southern Univ. 91 86 89 266 +50
93 93 Hillary Washington Texas Southern Univ. 92 90 91 273 +57
94 94 Destani Burbank Texas Southern Univ. 99 90 93 282 +66
96 - Jalyn Kuykendall Texas Southern Univ. 109 W W - -
95 - Robynn Ree Southern California A 70 78 - -

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