GLENCOE, Ill. – In the opening match of the Northwestern Quad, the eighth-ranked Duke women's golf team took down fifth-ranked Florida State, 4-1, in match play at the 6,303-yard, par 72 Lakeshore Country Club in Glencoe, Ill.
The Blue Devils were then set to face 11th-ranked Northwestern, after the Wildcats defeated second-ranked Alabama, 3.5-2.5, but inclement weather cancelled the match.
Duke jumped out to strong starts in two of the opening matches as senior Sandy Choi and junior Gurbani Singh won their opening holes and never looked back.
Choi, who hails from Seoul, South Korea, opened her match on hole 10 and rolled in a birdie to kick off her contest. She would move to 4-up through nine holes and then won holes No. 4 and No. 5 to close with a 6&4 win over Morgane Metraux.
A native of New Delhi, India, Singh won the No. 10 hole with a par and would never trail in the match. She led 2-up through nine holes and won No. 4 to go 3-up, before closing the match with a par on No. 6 to win 4&3 over Kim Metraux.
With Duke leading 2-0 to start the match, Lisa Maguire would take the first lead with a birdie on the 120-yard, par three No. 14 against Amanda Doherty. Doherty came back to win the next two holes to go ahead, 1-up, but Maguire came back to win the ninth hole to make the turn all square. A product of Cavan, Ireland, Maguire would par No. 1 to go 1-up, but a bogey on the next hole would send the match back to all square. Maguire won No. 3 and never trailed the rest of the way and closed out the 2&1 win with a par on No. 8.
In the featured match between two of the top-ranked golfers in the nation – Duke's Leona Maguire FSU's Matilda Castren – Castren would lead 10 holes, while Maguire led only two, but the match ended all square. Maguire, who is from Cavan, Ireland, dropped the first hole, but came back to win the next two to go ahead, 1-up. Castren won holes No. 14 and No. 15 to go 1-up and Maguire won No. 16. After Castren won No. 18 to go 1-up, she would lead as much as 2-up until hole No. 8 when Maguire hit a seven-wood to within 10 feet and drained the birdie to get the match back to all square. Both golfers parred No. 9 to finish all square.
Freshman Ana Belac took on Lydia Gumm in the third match between the Seminoles and Blue Devils. Belac, a product of Portoroz, Slovenia, never trailed over the 18 holes and led by as many as 2-up on the morning. She led in 12 of the 18 holes, but Gumm won two of the final five holes to finish the match all square.
Duke will return home for exams this coming week, before traveling to Albuquerque, N.M., May 8-10 for NCAA regional action.