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Ana Belac
Duke Fires 17-Under Ledger to Take Commanding Lead
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 10/14/2017
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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The Duke women’s golf team turned in the second-lowest 18-hole ledger in school history Saturday on its way to jumping out to 10-stroke lead in a talented field at the Ruth’s Chris Tar Heel Invitational, which is being played at the 6,379-yard, par 72 Finley Golf Course in Chapel Hill, N.C.

The Blue Devils shot an impressive 17-under-par, 271, Saturday and over 36 holes Duke owns a 22-under, 554, to take 10-stroke lead over Alabama (564) and South Carolina (565). Arkansas (567), NC State (572), North Carolina (572), Louisville (577), Ohio State (578), Wake Forest (578) and Michigan State (579) rounded out the top 10 teams.

Duke has turned in the top two 18-hole scores in school history this fall as the Blue Devils fired a 269 at the Jim West Challenge to open the season and a 271 Saturday in Chapel Hill.  The 17-under score is the lowest in Duke history in relation to par.  The previous was 16-under in the 2007 regional.

Four different Blue Devils finished in the red Saturday led by senior Leona Maguire with a six-under, 66. Both junior Virginia Elena Carta and freshman Jaravee Boonchant each signed for four-under-par, 68, and sophomore Ana Belac fired a three-under, 69.

Maguire, who hails from Cavan, Ireland, now holds a two stroke lead on the individual leaderboard with a nine-under-par, 135. Ainhoa Olarra of South Carolina (137), Maria Fassi of Arkansas (138) and Anna Redding of Virginia (138) head into the final round in striking distance.

A bogey-free, six birdie effort for Maguire in round two moved her into the lead. She collected three birdies on the front nine and three on the back as Maguire’s was on fire Saturday. Maguire rolled in three birdies of over 10 feet (No. 4, No. 8 and No. 16). After a four-footer on No. 17 moved her to six-under for the day, Maguire found herself in the greenside bunker on 18, but rolled in a 20-footer to save par and finish with her 26th career round in the 60s. She finished with 29 putts, 17 greens and she hit all 14 fairways.

Carta, a product of Udine, Italy, carded a four-under, 68, Saturday on her way to posting her 10th career round in the 60s. She moved up to tied fifth overall with a five-under, 139. Carta opened play Saturday with five straight pars, before rolling in an eight-footer for birdie on No. 6 and a four-footer on No. 9 to get to two-under for the day. On the back, Carta placed her approach on the 388-yard, par four 11th to inches for birdie, but then had her first bogey of the day on No. 12. Carta responded with back-to-back birdies on No. 13 and No. 14 and her sixth birdie of the day on No. 16 as she connected on a 15-footer. She hit 17 greens, 13 fairways and had 31 putts.

With five birdies on Saturday, Boonchant turned in a four-under, 68, to collect her third round in the 60s out of eight total rounds as a Blue Devil. She enters the final day tied 10th overall with a four-under, 140. Boonchant, who is from Bangkok, Thailand, opened the day with birdies on No. 1, No. 7 and No. 9 to make the turn at 3-under. She added birdies on No. 13 and No. 16 to get to five-under, but closed the day with her lone bogey on No. 18 to finish with a 68.

Belac, who is from Portoroz, Slovenia, also turned in a bogey-free round with birdies on No. 2, No. 11 and No. 14. She did not miss a green, while rolling in a 10-footer on the second hole, three-footer on 11 and Belac nearly had a hole-in-one on the 167-yard, par three 14th. Belac hit her five-iron to within two inches and connected the birdie. Over her last 26 holes, she has shot four-under-par with four birdies and no bogeys in Chapel Hill. Belac enters the final round tied 21st with a two-under, 142.

Freshman Miranda Wang posted a 75 in the second round, after shooting a one-under, 71, in round one. Wang, a native of Beijing, China, was one-under through eight holes with a birdie on No. 2. She got into trouble off the tee and ended up suffering a double-bogey on No. 9 and had bogeys on No. 13 and No. 18 to finish with a 75.

Duke will tee off Sunday beginning at 9:15 a.m., off tee No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 along with Alabama and South Carolina.

Maguire is looking for her ninth career victory and her second straight at the Tar Heel Invitational as she last won the tournament as a sophomore. She did not compete in the invite last year as she was playing in a professional event.

Fans will be able to follow the action live at Golfstat.com.

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Duke Results
T3 1 Leona Maguire  Duke  69  66       135  -9 
T13 T5 Virginia Elena Carta  Duke  71  68       139  -5 
T24 T10 Jaravee Boonchant  Duke  72  68       140  -4
T34 T21 Ana Belac  Duke  73  69       142  -2 
T13 T40 Miranda Wang  Duke  71  75       146  +2

1 2 Team Scores
1  1 Duke 283  271       554  -22 
3  2 Alabama 285  279       564  -12 
2  3 South Carolina 284  281       565  -11 
T5  4 Arkansas 288  279       567  -9 
4  T5 North Carolina State 286  286       572  -4 
T7  T5 North Carolina 289  283       572  -4 
T5  7 Louisville 288  289       577  +1 
9  T8 Ohio State 292  286       578  +2 
T7  T8 Wake Forest 289  289       578  +2 
11  10 Michigan State 297  282       579  +3 
T12  11 Virginia 298  283       581  +5 
T12  12 Vanderbilt 298  284       582  +6 
T14  13 Michigan 299  287       586  +10 
18  14 Virginia Tech 304  287       591  +15 
16  15 Tulane  300  294       594  +18 
T14  16 Iowa 299  297       596  +20 
10  17 Rollins College 296  305       601  +25 
17  18 UNC Wilmington 303  301       604  +28

Start Finish Player Team Scores
T3 1 Leona Maguire  Duke  69  66       135  -9 
T7 2 Ainhoa Olarra  South Carolina  70  67       137  -7 
T34 T3 Maria Fassi  Arkansas  73  65       138  -6 
T7 T3 Anna Redding  Virginia  70  68       138  -6 
T3 T5 Emilia Migliaccio  Wake Forest  69  70       139  -5 
T1 T5 Jennifer Kupcho  Wake Forest  66  73       139  -5 
T3 T5 Sarah Burnham  Michigan State  69  70       139  -5 
T1 T5 Molly Skapik  Louisville  66  73       139  -5 
T13 T5 Virginia Elena Carta  Duke  71  68       139  -5 
T7 T10 Ava Bergner  North Carolina  70  70       140  -4 
T41 T10 Ashley Kim  Michigan  74  66       140  -4 
T24 T10 Jaravee Boonchant  Duke  72  68       140  -4 
T24 T10 Lauren Stephenson  Alabama  72  68       140  -4 
T13 T10 Kristen Gillman  Alabama  71  69       140  -4 
T69 T15 Paz Marfa  Michigan State  77  64       141  -3 
T13 T15 Siyun Liu  Wake Forest  71  70       141  -3 
T13 T15 Alex Wright  Ohio State  71  70       141  -3 
T13 T15 Brynn Walker  North Carolina  71  70       141  -3 
T13 T15 Lois Kaye Go  South Carolina  71  70       141  -3 
T7 T15 Lakareber Abe  Alabama  70  71       141  -3 
T34 T21 Courtney Zeng  Vanderbilt  73  69       142  -2 
T13 T21 Jaclyn Lee  Ohio State  71  71       142  -2 
T34 T21 Laura Kowohl  North Carolina State  73  69       142  -2 
T13 T21 Dylan Kim  Arkansas  71  71       142  -2 
T7 T21 Alana Uriell  Arkansas  70  72       142  -2 
T34 T21 Ana Belac  Duke  73  69       142  -2 
T34 T27 Crystal Huang  North Carolina State  73  70       143  -1 
T7 T27 Kristin Glesne  Iowa  70  73       143  -1 
T13 T27 Marion Veysseyre  South Carolina  71  72       143  -1 
T13 T30 Naomi Ko  North Carolina State  71  73       144  E 
T56 T30 Beth Lillie  Virginia  75  69       144  E 
T41 T32 Rio Watanabe  Ohio State  74  71       145  +1 
T41 T32 Kaylee Benton  Arkansas  74  71       145  +1 
T56 T32 Lauren Hartlage  Louisville  75  70       145  +1 
T3 T32 India Clyburn  North Carolina State  69  76       145  +1 
T41 T32 Cheyenne Knight  Alabama  74  71       145  +1 
T24 T32 Ana Pelaez  South Carolina  72  73       145  +1 
T24 T32 Angelica Moresco  Alabama  72  73       145  +1 
T34 T32 Gabrielle Correia  Tulane  73  72       145  +1 
T41 T40 Isi Nilsson *  South Carolina  74  72       146  +2 
T41 T40 Kelly Whaley  North Carolina  74  72       146  +2 
T41 T40 Morgan Baxendale  Vanderbilt  74  72       146  +2 
T41 T40 Allyson Geer  Michigan State  74  72       146  +2 
T41 T40 Anita Uwadia  South Carolina  74  72       146  +2 
T13 T40 Miranda Wang  Duke  71  75       146  +2
T24 T40 Amanda Hollandsworth  Virginia Tech  72  74       146  +2 
T24 T40 Kayla Thompson  UNC Wilmington  72  74       146  +2 
T34 T48 Roshnee Sharma *  North Carolina  73  74       147  +3 
T69 T48 Abbey Carlson  Vanderbilt  77  70       147  +3 
T41 T48 Bryana Nguyen  North Carolina  74  73       147  +3 
T41 T48 Virginia Green  Vanderbilt  74  73       147  +3 
T56 T48 Katharine Patrick  Virginia  75  72       147  +3 
T24 T48 Emily White  Michigan  72  75       147  +3 
T24 T54 Seher Atwal  Rollins College  72  76       148  +4 
T41 T54 Cecily Overbey  North Carolina State  74  74       148  +4 
T56 T54 Jacqueline Twitty  Louisville  75  73       148  +4 
T64 T54 Jessica Spicer  Virginia Tech  76  72       148  +4 
T24 T58 Madison Lellyo  Rollins College  72  77       149  +5 
T64 T58 Olivia Cason  Louisville  76  73       149  +5 
T75 T58 Kathy Lim  Michigan  78  71       149  +5 
T41 T58 Jessica Ip  Iowa  74  75       149  +5 
T24 T58 Kristin Engle  Louisville  72  77       149  +5 
T69 T58 Jennifer Rosenberg  Tulane  77  72       149  +5 
T75 T58 Emily Mahar  Virginia Tech  78  71       149  +5 
T69 T65 Alexandra Farnsworth  Vanderbilt  77  73       150  +6 
T56 T65 Elodie Van Dievoet  Michigan  75  75       150  +6 
T86 T65 Elizabeth Bose  Virginia Tech  80  70       150  +6 
T56 T65 Abbie Cantwell  Tulane  75  75       150  +6 
T56 T65 Laura Munoz  Tulane  75  75       150  +6 
T41 T70 Louise Yu *  Vanderbilt  74  77       151  +7 
T64 T70 Lexie Toth  Rollins College  76  75       151  +7 
T41 T70 Cara Gorlei  Arkansas  74  77       151  +7 
T92 T73 Mariana Ocano  North Carolina  81  71       152  +8 
T75 T73 Niki Schroeder  Ohio State  78  74       152  +8 
T84 T73 Elisa Suarez  Iowa  79  73       152  +8 
T75 T73 Ellinoora Moisio  UNC Wilmington  78  74       152  +8 
T69 T77 Katie Sharp  Michigan State  77  76       153  +9 
T64 T77 Sophie Faulkner  Rollins College  76  77       153  +9 
T75 T77 Morgan Gonzales  Virginia  78  75       153  +9 
T69 T77 Shawn Rennegarbe  Iowa  77  76       153  +9 
T86 T81 Julia Ford  Virginia  80  74       154  +10 
T86 T81 Caroline Cahill  UNC Wilmington  80  74       154  +10 
T75 T81 Anne Taylor Hough  Virginia Tech  78  76       154  +10 
T56 T81 Thao My Nguyen  UNC Wilmington  75  79       154  +10 
T64 85 Sofia Seldemirova  Ohio State  76  80       156  +12 
T86 T86 Cheni Xu *  North Carolina  80  77       157  +13 
T75 T86 Carolyn Markley  Michigan State  78  79       157  +13 
T84 T86 Megan Kim  Michigan  79  78       157  +13 
T86 T86 Haydyn Gibson  Tulane  80  77       157  +13 
T86 T90 Selin Timur  Rollins College  80  78       158  +14 
T75 T90 Stephanie Herzog  Iowa  78  80       158  +14 
96 T92 Monica Schumacher  Wake Forest  86  76       162  +18 
T75 T92 Rachael Mast  UNC Wilmington  78  84       162  +18 
95 94 Mai Dechathipat  Wake Forest  83  80       163  +19 
T92 95 Kate Harper *  Virginia  81  83       164  +20 
T92 96 Clementina Rodriguez *  North Carolina  81  87       168  +24

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