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Ana Belac
Blue Devils Lead Entering Final Round at ACCs
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 04/14/2017
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PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. –  Looking for its 20th ACC Championship in school history, the seventh-ranked Duke women’s golf team holds a nine-stroke lead with 18 holes remaining at the 6,192-yard, par 72 The Reserve Golf Club in Pawleys Island, S.C.  The Blue Devils shot a two-under-par, 286, on Friday in the second round and now owns a six-under-par, 570, through 36 holes.  

Duke holds a nine-stroke lead over Clemson (579), Florida State (579) and North Carolina (579), while NC State (586), Miami (586), Notre Dame (595), Louisville (596), Boston College (597), Virginia (597), Virginia Tech (612) and Wake Forest (620) rounded out the field.  In the middle of the second round, Florida State trailed the Blue Devils by only one stroke, but Duke went on to make 12 birdies on the back nine to increase its lead to nine.  

The Blue Devils last won the ACC Championship in 2014, while Duke also brought home 13 straight ACC titles from 1996-2008.  Head coach Dan Brooks has led Duke to 18 of the 19 championships over his 33 seasons with the Blue Devils.

Junior Leona Maguire enters the final round tied first overall with a four-under-par, 140, after totaling rounds of 68 and 72.  She is tied with Florida State’s Kim Metraux, while a total of six golfers from five different schools are under par through 36 holes of play.  

“It’s been a great team effort so far,” Maguire said. “That’s one of the things we talked about coming here this week, and I think this is one of the first times we’ve had everyone right here close together (in the scoring). That’s very nice to see, especially here at the most important part of the year.”
Maguire, who won the ACC Individual Championship in 2015 as a freshman, collected a team-high six birdies on the day on her way to shooting even-par, 72.  She kicked off her morning with a five-foot birdie on the par five first hole, but suffered a bogey on No. 3 to return to even par.  Maguire would again birdie the par five fourth hole, but bogeyed three out of the final four holes on the front nine to drop to two-over-par.  A native of Cavan, Ireland, Maguire opened the back nine with a par before registering four birdies over a span of six holes to get back to one-under.  She would close the round with a bogey to finish at even.  She hit 13 greens, 12 fairways and rolled 29 putts.  

Her 11 birdies over the first two days leads the field at the ACC Championship.  If Maguire were to win the individual title on Saturday, it would mark her third victory of the season and seventh of her career, which would rank tied for third-most in school history.  

Freshman Ana Belac featured the round of the day for the Blue Devils with a two-under-par, 70, to move from tied for 27th to a tie for seventh with a 36-hole ledger of even-par, 144.  A product of Portoroz, Slovenia, Belac collected 12 pars over her opening 13 holes to go along with a 10-foot birdie putt on the 158-yard, par three third hole.  She then caught fire notching three consecutive birdies on holes 14, 15 and 16 to move to four-under-par.  Belac didn’t miss a green from holes eight through 16.  She finished the day with a double-bogey on 18 on her way to finishing with a two-under, 70.  It was her ninth round of even or under par on the season.  Belac hit 15 greens, 13 fairways and had 32 putts on the day.  

“Most of all I was just staying in the present most of the time, hitting good shots and not trying to think about a score too much – just play shot-by-shot and giving myself good opportunities to make pars and maybe if birdies dropped that is fine,” said Belac on her round today.  “I was just focusing on staying steady and not taking too many risky shots out there.”

For the second straight day, sophomore Virginia Elena Carta turned in an even-par, 72, and is tied seventh with a 144 heading into the final day of play.  Carta, who is from Udine, Italy, collected seven pars, one birdie on No. 3 and a bogey on No. 7 to open the front nine.  On the back nine, she totaled four straight pars to open action, which included a sand save for par on No. 11.  After suffering only her second bogey of the day on No. 14, she had three consecutive pars before closing the day with a birdie on No. 18.  Carta went for the par five 18th green in two and settled just off the green about pin high.  She would finish off a six-foot birdie putt to close the day with a 72.  She hit all 14 fairways, 13 greens and had 31 putts.  

Senior Sandy Choi turned in five pars on her first five holes Friday, but then went through a tough stretch where she bogeyed three straight holes.  She missed four greens in a span of five holes during that time.  Choi, who hails from Seoul, South Korea, turned it around on the back nine with three consecutive pars on holes 10-12.  She then birdied No. 13 with a 10-foot putt, had a key sand save for par on No. 14, drained a seven-foot birdie putt on No. 15 and sank an eight-foot birdie on No. 16 to get to even par.  Her par putt on 18 lipped out and she suffered a bogey to finish the round with a 73.  Choi enters the final day tied seventh with a 144, after hitting 13 fairways, 11 greens and carding a team-best 28 putts.  

After collecting 11 straight pars to open the second round, junior Gurbani Singh nearly holed out from 133 yards with a nine-iron, before tapping in a birdie on No. 12 to get to one-under.  She added a bogey on the 387-yard, par four 15th to go along with five pars to finish with a 72.  Singh, a product of New Delhi, India, is tied 16th with a 145.  She hit 13 greens, 12 fairways and had 31 putts on the day.  Through 36 holes, Singh along with Carta rank second among the field with 27 pars.  

Only three birdies were registered on hole No. 14 Friday with Belac and Maguire two of those golfers on the par four, 388-yard dogleg right.  

Duke will tee off Saturday in the final round beginning at 9:20 a.m., off hole No. 1 along with Clemson and North Carolina.  Fans will be able to follow the action live on ACC Network Extra and ESPN3 starting at 1 p.m., along with live scoring via www.GolfStat.com.

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Duke Results
T1 T1 Leona Maguire  Duke  68  72       140  -4
T27 T7 Ana Belac  Duke  74  70       144  E
T15 T7 Virginia Elena Carta  Duke  72  72       144  E
T13 T7 Sandy Choi  Duke  71  73       144  E
T18 T16 Gurbani Singh  Duke  73  72       145  +1

1 2 Team Scores
1  1 Duke 284  286       570  -6
T3  T2 Clemson 287  292       579  +3
T3  T2 Florida State  287  292       579  +3
T3  T2 North Carolina 287  292       579  +3
6  T5 North Carolina State 297  289       586  +10
2  T5 Miami 285  301       586  +10
T7  7 Notre Dame 298  297       595  +19
T7  8 Louisville 298  298       596  +20
T7  T9 Boston College 298  299       597  +21
T10  T9 Virginia 304  293       597  +21
T10  11 Virginia Tech 304  308       612  +36
12  12 Wake Forest 312  308       620  +44

Start Finish Player Team Scores
T3 T1 Kim Metraux  Florida State  69  71       140  -4
T1 T1 Leona Maguire  Duke  68  72       140  -4
T6 3 Jennifer Kupcho  Wake Forest  70  71       141  -3
T3 T4 Sierra Sims  Wake Forest  69  73       142  -2
T6 T4 Alice Hewson  Clemson  70  72       142  -2
T18 6 Laura Kowohl  North Carolina State  73  70       143  -1
T18 T7 Olivia Cason  Louisville  73  71       144  E
T15 T7 Ana Paula Valdes  Clemson  72  72       144  E
T6 T7 Leslie Cloots  North Carolina  70  74       144  E
T1 T7 Bryana Nguyen  North Carolina  68  76       144  E
T27 T7 Ana Belac  Duke  74  70       144  E
T18 T7 Matilda Castren  Florida State  73  71       144  E
T15 T7 Virginia Elena Carta  Duke  72  72       144  E
T6 T7 Lydia Gumm  Florida State  70  74       144  E
T13 T7 Sandy Choi  Duke  71  73       144  E
T6 T16 Lauren Hartlage  Louisville  70  75       145  +1
T13 T16 Sydney Legacy  Clemson  71  74       145  +1
T18 T16 Gurbani Singh  Duke  73  72       145  +1
T6 T16 Delfina Acosta  Miami  70  75       145  +1
T27 T20 Lauren Diaz-Yi  Virginia  74  72       146  +2
T27 T20 Emma Albrecht  Notre Dame  74  72       146  +2
T18 T20 Jordan Ferreira  Notre Dame  73  73       146  +2
T15 T20 Lois Kaye Go  Boston College  72  74       146  +2
T27 T20 Sarah Bae  North Carolina State  74  72       146  +2
T6 T20 Dewi Weber  Miami  70  76       146  +2
T37 T26 Brynn Walker  North Carolina  76  71       147  +3
T37 T26 Lexi Harkins  North Carolina  76  71       147  +3
T3 T26 Renate Grimstad  Miami  69  78       147  +3
T18 T29 Elizabeth Bose  Virginia Tech  73  75       148  +4
T18 T29 Jocelyn Chia  Boston College  73  75       148  +4
T27 T29 Marisa Messana  Clemson  74  74       148  +4
T37 32 Leonie Bettel  North Carolina State  76  73       149  +5
T43 T33 Julia Ford  Virginia  77  73       150  +6
T34 T33 Morgan Gonzales  Virginia  75  75       150  +6
T37 T33 Ailin Li  Boston College  76  74       150  +6
T37 T33 Naomi Ko  North Carolina State  76  74       150  +6
T47 T37 Macarena Aguilera  Miami  78  73       151  +7
T34 T37 Amanda Doherty  Florida State  75  76       151  +7
T27 39 India Clyburn  North Carolina State  74  78       152  +8
T47 T40 Molly Skapik  Louisville  78  75       153  +9
T18 T40 Kelly Whaley  North Carolina  73  80       153  +9
T37 T40 Filippa Moork  Miami  76  77       153  +9
T47 T43 Anna Redding  Virginia  78  76       154  +10
T27 T43 Whitney Stevenson  Virginia Tech  74  80       154  +10
T43 T43 Jacqueline Twitty  Louisville  77  77       154  +10
T53 T43 Kennedy Swann  Clemson  80  74       154  +10
55 T47 Amanda Hollandsworth  Virginia Tech  81  74       155  +11
T51 T47 Katie Barrand  Boston College  79  76       155  +11
T43 T47 Katie Kim  Boston College  77  78       155  +11
T47 T47 Isabella DiLisio  Notre Dame  78  77       155  +11
T18 T47 Allison Snakard  Notre Dame  73  82       155  +11
T34 52 Morgane Metraux  Florida State  75  81       156  +12
58 T53 Maho Hayakawa  Virginia  84  73       157  +13
T56 T53 Maddie Rose Hamilton  Notre Dame  82  75       157  +13
T53 55 Anne Taylor Hough  Virginia Tech  80  79       159  +15
T56 56 Erica Herr  Wake Forest  82  78       160  +16
T51 57 Shannon Gramley  Louisville  79  82       161  +17
T43 58 Allison Woodward  Virginia Tech  77  89       166  +22
60 59 Anna Wears  Wake Forest  92  86       178  +34
59 60 Monica Schumacher  Wake Forest  91  95       186  +42

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