PALOS VERDES, Calif. – The fourth-ranked Duke women’s golf team opened the 2018 spring season Sunday in Palos Verdes, Calif., with a 13-over-par, 297, at the 6,017-yard, par 71 Palos Verdes Golf Club.
After playing the fall at 59-under-par, the Blue Devils had a slow start to the season dealing with very fast greens and challenging winds.
Rookie Jaravee Boonchant opened her round with bogeys on No. 1 and No. 4, but then settled down to play the final 14 holes at even par with a bogey on No. 13 and a tap-in birdie on No. 18. A native of Bangkok, Thailand, Boonchant had 14 pars on the day. Boonchant finished with a 73 and is tied 19th overall. She hit 12 greens, 11 fairways and rolled 31 putts.
Seeing action in her second tournament of the 2017-18 campaign, senior Lisa Maguire posted a season-best three-over, 74. A product of Cavan, Ireland, Maguire opened with a par, but then suffered a four-putt double-bogey on 200-yard, par three second. She went on to play the next 14 holes at one-under-par with a birdie on the 355-yard, par four 11th. On No. 11, she hit her eight-iron to four feet and rained the putt. Maguire closed with a bogey on No. 18 and is tied 32nd overall. She hit 13 greens, seven fairways and had 34 putts.
Senior Leona Maguire turned in a four-over, 75, Sunday to mark the highest round she has signed for this season. Maguire, who is from Cavan, Ireland, was held without a birdie and had four bogeys on the day. She will enter the second round tied 32nd. Maguire hit 12 fairways, nine greens and had 31 putts.
Ana Belac, who was coming off her first collegiate victory to close the fall, carded a four-over-par, 75, Sunday and is tied 39th, individually. She suffered bogeys on her first two holes, but turned in six straight pars and then had Duke’s first birdie of the day on the 350-yard, par four ninth hole. Belac, who is from Portoroz, Slovenia, had a bogey on No. 11 to fall to two-over-par. She closed with four bogeys over her final five holes to go along with her second collegiate eagle. Belac hit her hybrid on to the green in two and holed a 25-footer for eagle on the 453-yard, par five 16th. She hit 12 greens, 11 fairways and had 35 putts.
Redshirt freshman Miranda Wang struggled in the opening round carding a 10-over, 81, Sunday. A native of Beijing, China, Wang was five-over through the first four holes and finished the day with three double-bogeys. She carded one birdie on the day at No. 16.
The Blue Devils were limited to only four birdies and one eagle on the day. Duke will tee off Monday in the second round beginning at 12:22 p.m. along with Washington, Texas and Ohio State.