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Ana Belac
Blue Devils Close in Second at Evans Derby
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 03/20/2018
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AUBURN, Ala. – Guided by a 16-under-par score over the final two days of play, the fifth-ranked Duke women’s golf team turned in a second place finish at the Evans Derby Experience Tuesday against a solid field at the 6,280-yard, par 72 Auburn University Club in Auburn, Ala.

In the final round, Leona Maguire, Ana Belac and Miranda Wang combined to shoot seven-under-par as four Duke golfers finished in the top 17 of the individual leaderboard, including three in the top 10.

Arkansas closed the event with a 28-under score on its way to winning the team title with an 836, while Duke (845), Alabama (850), Auburn (863), Florida State (865), South Carolina (866), Florida (866), Louisville (876), Wake Forest (880) and Ole Miss (888) closed the top 10 teams.

“Well, we played better golf here,” said Duke head coach Dan Brooks. “We were on a course we’ve never seen before. It’s a really good golf course, hilly and has a lot of challenges to it. The greens were good but not great as far as the surface of the greens, so you had to be patient. To go 19-under, we played some good golf.”

Wang, a freshman from Beijing, China, carded her best collegiate finish as she turned in three straight under-par rounds of 71, 69 and 70 for a six-under, 210, to place tied fifth. In the final round, Wang opened on hole No. 2 and reached two-under-par quickly with birdies on No. 3 and No. 7. She stayed at two-under through 13 holes, before suffering her first bogey since the first round, which snapped a 35-hole stretch without a bogey. Wang came back with her first collegiate eagle on the 493-yard, par five 16th as she drained a 30-foot putt, after hitting the green in two. She added another bogey on No. 18. Wang hit 10 fairways, 12 greens and had 29 putts on the day.

“Miranda’s ball-striking was really good in this tournament,” commented Brooks. “In fact, she explained to me that the second day she missed three three-footers. That round could have been even better, so I would say her ball-striking was the thing that helped her the most in this tournament. She’s a solid player anyway, but when she’s on, she has a powerful move and she was hitting them where she wanted to hit it.”

Registering her second straight top seven finish, Boonchant posted rounds of 70, 69 and 72 over the three days to finish with a five-under, 211, which was tied seventh. A native of Bangkok, Thailand, Boonchant suffered a bogey on her opening hole, No. 1, but then reeled off three birdies over a span of seven holes on No. 3, No. 5 and No. 8 to get to two-under-par. She closed the final 10 holes with eight pars and two bogeys on the 13th and 18th holes. Boonchant hit 11 fairways, 13 greens and rolled 31 putts.

A product of Cavan, Ireland, Maguire registered her 32nd top 10 finish Tuesday, which matches Duke four-time All-America Lindy Duncan for second on the Blue Devil career charts. Maguire notched three consecutive under-par scores with rounds of 71, 70 and 71 for a four-under, 212. She collected a team-best five birdies on the day, including three birdies over a span of holes 8-11. Maguire suffered a bogey on her final hole (No. 2) to close the afternoon. She hit 12 fairways, 14 greens and had 28 putts in the final round.

With Duke’s best round of the day, sophomore Ana Belac carded a four-under, 68, to register her eighth round in the 60s on the season, including the second straight in the final round. Belac, who is from Portoroz, Slovenia, started her day on hole four and featured five straight pars to open the morning. She had her first of four birdies on the 349-yard, par four ninth and was one-under through 10 holes.

Belac then got her putter sizzling as she sank long putts on No. 14 and No. 15 to get to three-under. She then hit her second shot on the par five 16th from 220 yards to within 15th feet and sank her team-best third eagle of the season to get to five-under-par with five holes left. Belac added another birdie on the 358-yard, par four 18th to reach six-under, but suffered bogeys on No. 1 and No. 2 along with a par on No. 3 to finish with a 68. She hit 16 greens, 12 fairways and carded 31 putts.

Coming off a one-under, 71, in Monday’s round, which was her best score since her freshman season, senior Lisa Maguire struggled Tuesday finishing with an 80. She was limited to one birdie, which came on the challenging 183-yard, par three second.

The second place finish was the best of the spring for the Blue Devils, after winning three of four tournaments in the fall.

Duke will next compete in the Liz Murphy Collegiate Classic April 13-15 in Athens, Ga.

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Duke Results
T6 T5 Miranda Wang Duke 71 69 70 210 -6
5 T7 Jaravee Boonchant Duke 70 69 72 211 -5
T10 T9 Leona Maguire Duke 71 70 71 212 -4
T30 T17 Ana Belac Duke 73 73 68 214 -2
T42 T50 Lisa Maguire Duke 78 71 80 229 +13

1 2 3 Team Scores
2 1 1 Arkansas 280 279 277 836 -28
T3 2 2 Duke 285 279 281 845 -19
6 4 3 Alabama 288 284 278 850 -14
T3 5 4 Auburn 285 290 288 863 -1
1 3 5 Florida State 278 292 295 865 +1
5 6 T6 South Carolina 286 290 290 866 +2
7 7 T6 Florida 292 289 285 866 +2
9 T8 8 Louisville 295 288 293 876 +12
8 T8 9 Wake Forest 293 290 297 880 +16
10 10 10 Ole Miss 297 293 298 888 +24
T11 11 11 Mississippi St. U. 302 302 307 911 +47
T11 12 12 Michigan 302 311 300 913 +49

Start Finish Player Team Scores
1 1 Maria Fassi Arkansas 64 67 71 202 -14
2 2 Maria Hoyos * Arkansas 67 70 70 207 -9
T14 T3 Lauren Stephenson Alabama 69 73 67 209 -7
T3 T3 Ainhoa Olarra South Carolina 67 71 71 209 -7
T6 T5 Miranda Wang Duke 71 69 70 210 -6
T6 T5 Sierra Brooks Florida 70 70 70 210 -6
5 T7 Jaravee Boonchant Duke 70 69 72 211 -5
T10 T7 Alana Uriell Arkansas 72 69 70 211 -5
T10 T9 Leona Maguire Duke 71 70 71 212 -4
T14 T9 Angelica Moresco Alabama 72 70 70 212 -4
T6 T9 Kaylee Benton Arkansas 72 68 72 212 -4
T27 T12 Kayley Marschke * Auburn 71 74 68 213 -3
T18 T12 Marta Perez Florida 72 71 70 213 -3
T23 T12 Kim Metraux Florida State 69 75 69 213 -3
T18 T12 Kelli Murphy Auburn 72 71 70 213 -3
T3 T12 Jennifer Kupcho Wake Forest 73 65 75 213 -3
T18 T17 Kristen Gillman Alabama 74 69 71 214 -2
T10 T17 Michaela Owen Auburn 69 72 73 214 -2
T18 T17 Julia Johnson Ole Miss 70 73 71 214 -2
T30 T17 Ana Belac Duke 73 73 68 214 -2
T10 T17 Lauren Hartlage Louisville 69 72 73 214 -2
T23 T17 Lois Kaye Go South Carolina 72 72 70 214 -2
T30 T23 Emilia Migliaccio Wake Forest 72 74 69 215 -1
T27 T23 Cheyenne Knight Alabama 73 72 70 215 -1
T6 25 Conner Beth Ball Ole Miss 71 69 76 216 E
T14 T26 Amanda Doherty Florida State 71 71 75 217 +1
T23 T26 Marion Veysseyre South Carolina 71 73 73 217 +1
T18 T28 Morgane Metraux Florida State 68 75 75 218 +2
T30 T28 Mychael O'Berry Auburn 73 73 72 218 +2
T46 T28 Cara Gorlei Arkansas 75 75 68 218 +2
T46 T28 Dylan Kim Arkansas 72 78 68 218 +2
T30 T32 Kaleigh Telfer Auburn 72 74 73 219 +3
T23 T32 Molly Skapik Louisville 74 70 75 219 +3
T30 T32 Elena Hualde Auburn 72 74 73 219 +3
T40 T35 Lakareber Abe Alabama 74 74 72 220 +4
T40 T35 Addison Baggarly Florida 75 73 72 220 +4
T14 37 Kathleen Sumner Florida State 71 71 79 221 +5
T30 T38 Julie McCarthy * Auburn 71 75 76 222 +6
T46 T38 Olivia Cason Louisville 79 71 72 222 +6
T30 T38 Kayla Jones Florida State 70 76 76 222 +6
T46 T41 Taylor Tomlinson Florida 75 75 73 223 +7
T38 T41 Margot Bechadergue * Louisville 74 73 76 223 +7
T46 T41 Kristin Engle Louisville 75 75 73 223 +7
T42 T44 Ashley Kim Michigan 73 76 76 225 +9
T38 T44 Ela Grimwood Mississippi St. U. 74 73 78 225 +9
T42 T44 Blaise Carabello * Mississippi St. U. 77 72 76 225 +9
T46 T44 Katie Holt Mississippi St. U. 75 75 75 225 +9
T42 48 Alisa Snyder * Michigan 72 77 77 226 +10
T54 49 Katy Harris Ole Miss 79 74 74 227 +11
65 T50 Diane Lim * Ole Miss 77 78 74 229 +13
52 T50 Ana Pelaez South Carolina 76 75 78 229 +13
T54 T50 Anita Uwadia South Carolina 79 74 76 229 +13
T42 T50 Lisa Maguire Duke 78 71 80 229 +13
T27 T50 Jacqueline Twitty * Louisville 71 74 84 229 +13
53 T50 Nicole Morales * Alabama 76 76 77 229 +13
T54 T56 Kathy Lim Michigan 77 76 77 230 +14
T59 T56 Clara Moyano Mississippi St. U. 76 78 76 230 +14
T54 T56 Delaney Shah Louisville 77 76 77 230 +14
T59 T59 Pi-Lillebi Hermansson Ole Miss 77 77 77 231 +15
66 T59 Siyun Liu Wake Forest 76 80 75 231 +15
T54 T59 Mai Dechathipat Wake Forest 74 79 78 231 +15
T59 T59 Gaby Amos * South Carolina 81 73 77 231 +15
T30 T59 Antonia Eberhard Wake Forest 74 72 85 231 +15
T59 64 Hannah Ghelfi Michigan 73 81 78 232 +16
71 T65 Elodie Van Dievoet Michigan 79 83 72 234 +18
69 T65 Emily White Michigan 81 78 75 234 +18
70 T67 Melanie Talbott * Auburn 77 83 75 235 +19
T59 T67 Athena Yang Mississippi St. U. 78 76 81 235 +19
T67 T69 Aubree Jones Mississippi St. U. 77 81 78 236 +20
T59 T69 Kendall Wisenbaker * Mississippi St. U. 77 77 82 236 +20
T67 71 Kie Purdom Ole Miss 79 79 81 239 +23
72 72 Lauren Waidner * Florida 80 84 76 240 +24
73 73 Sandra Salonen * Florida State 85 82 77 244 +28
74 74 Carlotta Ricolfi Florida 87 86 93 266 +50
75 - Virginia Elena Carta * Duke W W W - -

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