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Jaravee Boonchant
Duke, Maguire Continue to Lead ACC Championship
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 04/22/2018
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GREENSBORO, N.C. – Three Duke golfers shot under par Sunday at the ACC Championship as the top-seeded and fifth-ranked Blue Devils increased their lead to 17 strokes through 36 holes at the 6,122-yard, par 72 Grandover Resort & Conference Center East Course in Greensboro, N.C.

“We have handled the elements really well,” said Duke head coach Dan Brooks. “The wind kicked up toward the end there as we were coming in on the last hole, but it didn’t seem to bother anybody. They were hitting it right at the green. We had some great golf coming in. I was really proud of the team for sort of learning about the course a little bit more. That front side is very interesting. It probably takes four or five rounds to really feel like you can play it best. I think we learned a lot.”

Duke turned in an ACC Championship Grandover Resort course record for the second straight day carding a seven-under, 281, and is now 13-under-par for the two days of action. The Blue Devils have turned in a 563 and leads Florida State (580), Clemson (583), Wake Forest (590) and North Carolina (594).

“What I like is we came out playing well the first day,” said Brooks on the team play. “We have been a little bit slow to get started in a couple of tournaments. It was great that we got a good start and then we followed it up. We just have to stay aggressive and try to get a few more shots. We have to be the best we can be.”

Looking for its second straight and 21st ACC Championship, Duke will kick off action in the final round Monday, April 23 at 8:50 a.m. The Blue Devils have won each of the three ACC Championships that have been contested at Grandover (1999, 1998 and 1996).

On Sunday, freshman Jaravee Boonchant matched the ACC Championship course record with a five-under, 67, while Leona Maguire and Virginia Elena Carta each signed for a two-under-par, 70. Maguire, who is a two-time ACC Champion in 2015 and 2017, continues to lead the individual action with a seven-under-par, 137, after totaling rounds of 67 and 70. She leads by one stroke over Boonchant, who has notched scores of 71 and 67 for a six-under, 138.

“It was great, I watched her,” commented Brooks on the play of Boonchant. “She is hitting it solid. It is great to hear people talking about how hard she hits it, because that is the thing she was worried about when she came in as a freshman that she couldn’t hit the ball very far. In fact, she hits it 25 yards farther than when she came in and it is helping her score.”

Duke carded seven birdies and an eagle on the back nine to only two bogeys to close the second round strong.

Maguire, who hails from Cavan, Ireland, had the best start Sunday for the Blue Devils as she parred the first hole, before rolling in a two-foot birdie on No. 2 and hitting her approach to within inches on hole No. 3 to move to two-under. She registered seven straight pars, before suffering only her second bogey over 36 holes of the 2018 ACC Championship. Maguire quickly responded with a birdie on the 114-yard, par three 12th. She closed the day with six consecutive pars, including a sand save for par on No. 14 and an up-and-down par on No. 15. Maguire hit 15 greens, had nine fairways and rolled 31 putts on the day as she carded her 82nd career round of even or under par.

“I got off to a really nice start – birdied two out of my first three holes,” said Maguire. “That was really nice to get off to a quick start like that. I played really well on the front nine and had a lot of chances, just didn’t really hole any putts. On the back nine, maybe didn’t play quite as well, but made some good pars coming in and sort of hung in there.”

If Maguire can hold on to the ACC Championship lead and win individually, she would be only the second golfer to win the ACC individual title three times joining former Duke standout Amanda Blumenherst.

After opening with four pars and a bogey on the 385-yard, par four fifth, Boonchant got hot over her final 13 holes as she shot six-under-par to finish with a five-under, 67. She sank a five-footer for birdie on No. 6 and then drained a 12-footer for birdie on No. 8 to get into the red digits at one-under. Boonchant, who is from Bangkok, Thailand, captured her team-best fourth eagle of the season on the 435-yard, par five 13th as she hit her hybrid from 190 yards to within six feet and drained the putt. She added a birdie from three feet on the 14th and then hit her approach shot on the par five 18th on the green in two and two-putted for her fourth birdie of the day. Boonchant hit 13 fairways, 15 greens and had 30 putts in the second round.

Seeing action in only her second tournament of the spring, Carta registered a two-under, 70, as she played the back nine at three-under, 33, with birdies on No. 10, No. 17 and No. 18. Carta, a native of Udine, Italy, rolled in a six foot birdie on No. 10, seven footer on No. 17 and two-putted for birdie on No. 18. She hit a team-best 17 greens, while hitting 13 fairways and totaling 34 putts. It was Carta’s eighth round of even or under par on the season and her first under-par ledger in three appearances in the ACC Championship. Carta is 11th overall with a one-over, 145.

Coming off a two-under, 70, in round one, sophomore Ana Belac had a tough start to the day with three-putt bogeys on No. 1 and No. 3 to go along with a double-bogey on No. 4 and a bogey on No. 6. A product of Portoroz, Slovenia, Belac was able to regroup and closed the afternoon with a three-under-par score over her final 12 holes to finish with a two-over, 74. She had back-to-back birdies on No. 8 and No. 9, including a 30-footer from just off the green on the ninth. Belac added a two-putt birdie on No. 18 as well. She will enter the final round tied for ninth with an even-par, 144. Belac hit 15 greens, 12 fairways and had 36 putts Sunday.

Senior Lisa Maguire was held without a birdie over the 18 holes on Sunday as she turned in a four-over, 76. Maguire, who is from Cavan, Ireland, was three-over on the front nine and played the final nine holes at one-over, including even-par on the final seven holes. She is tied 28th over the first two days with a six-over, 150.

“I think the team is doing a great job,” commented Leona Maguire. “Obviously, you always want to be in the lead and by as many as possible. So tomorrow I will try to go as low as I can to help the team and we will see what happens with the individual. Hopefully we can secure that team title as well.”

The ACC Network Extra will provide live final round coverage beginning at approximately 12:30 p.m., Monday. It will also be available on the ESPN app.

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Duke Results
1 1 Leona Maguire Duke 67 70 137 -7
T6 2 Jaravee Boonchant Duke 71 67 138 -6
T3 T9 Ana Belac Duke 70 74 144 E
T23 11 Virginia Elena Carta Duke 75 70 145 +1
T19 T28 Lisa Maguire Duke 74 76 150 +6

1 2 Team Scores
1 1 Duke 282 281 563 -13
3 2 Florida State 291 289 580 +4
2 3 Clemson 286 297 583 +7
5 4 Wake Forest 297 293 590 +14
11 5 North Carolina 306 288 594 +18
8 6 Virginia 301 294 595 +19
T6 7 Virginia Tech 300 298 598 +22
4 8 Miami 296 303 599 +23
9 T9 Louisville 302 300 602 +26
10 T9 North Carolina State 303 299 602 +26
T6 11 Notre Dame 300 304 604 +28
12 12 Boston College 313 300 613 +37

Start Finish Player Team Scores
1 1 Leona Maguire Duke 67 70 137 -7
T6 2 Jaravee Boonchant Duke 71 67 138 -6
T8 3 Amanda Doherty Florida State 72 67 139 -5
T8 T4 Jennifer Kupcho Wake Forest 72 70 142 -2
T12 T4 Morgane Metraux Florida State 73 69 142 -2
2 T4 Sydney Legacy Clemson 69 73 142 -2
T8 T7 Elizabeth Bose Virginia Tech 72 71 143 -1
T8 T7 Kennedy Swann Clemson 72 71 143 -1
T39 T9 Mariana Ocano North Carolina 77 67 144 E
T3 T9 Ana Belac Duke 70 74 144 E
T23 11 Virginia Elena Carta Duke 75 70 145 +1
T3 T12 Dewi Weber Miami 70 76 146 +2
T23 T12 Katharine Patrick Virginia 75 71 146 +2
T30 T14 Mai Dechathipat Wake Forest 76 71 147 +3
T12 T14 Laura Kowohl North Carolina State 73 74 147 +3
T39 T14 Beth Lillie Virginia 77 70 147 +3
T19 T14 Emma Albrecht Notre Dame 74 73 147 +3
T12 T14 Maddie Rose Hamilton Notre Dame 73 74 147 +3
T12 T19 Emilia Migliaccio Wake Forest 73 75 148 +4
T12 T19 Kristyna Frydlova Miami 73 75 148 +4
T30 T19 Brynn Walker North Carolina 76 72 148 +4
T50 T22 India Clyburn North Carolina State 79 70 149 +5
T19 T22 Emily Mahar Virginia Tech 74 75 149 +5
T30 T22 Kelly Whaley North Carolina 76 73 149 +5
T23 T22 Kathleen Sumner Florida State 75 74 149 +5
T3 T22 Alice Hewson Clemson 70 79 149 +5
T12 T22 Anna Redding Virginia 73 76 149 +5
T23 T28 Renate Grimstad Miami 75 75 150 +6
T19 T28 Lisa Maguire Duke 74 76 150 +6
T23 T28 Ana Paula Valdes Clemson 75 75 150 +6
T12 T28 Olivia Cason Louisville 73 77 150 +6
T6 T28 Kim Metraux Florida State 71 79 150 +6
T30 33 Jessica Spicer Virginia Tech 76 75 151 +7
T39 T34 Cecily Overbey North Carolina State 77 75 152 +8
T39 T34 Jocelyn Chia Boston College 77 75 152 +8
T39 T34 Lauren Hartlage Louisville 77 75 152 +8
T30 T34 Delaney Shah Louisville 76 76 152 +8
T30 T34 Molly Skapik Louisville 76 76 152 +8
T53 T39 Ailin Li Boston College 80 73 153 +9
T39 T39 Bryana Nguyen North Carolina 77 76 153 +9
T50 T39 Katie Barrand Boston College 79 74 153 +9
T30 T39 Siyun Liu Wake Forest 76 77 153 +9
T23 T39 Marisa Messana Clemson 75 78 153 +9
T30 T39 Julia Ford Virginia 76 77 153 +9
57 T45 Kristin Engle Louisville 81 73 154 +10
T23 T45 Mia Ayer Notre Dame 75 79 154 +10
T50 T47 Amanda Hollandsworth Virginia Tech 79 77 156 +12
T53 T47 Ava Bergner North Carolina 80 76 156 +12
T47 T47 Allison Woodward Virginia Tech 78 78 156 +12
T19 T47 Naomi Ko North Carolina State 74 82 156 +12
T39 T47 Katelyn Reynolds Boston College 77 79 156 +12
T47 T47 Abby Heck Notre Dame 78 78 156 +12
T30 T53 Kayla Jones Florida State 76 81 157 +13
T39 T53 Morgan Gonzales Virginia 77 80 157 +13
T53 55 Bibilani Liu Boston College 80 78 158 +14
T53 56 Monika Hartl North Carolina State 80 80 160 +16
T47 57 Macarena Aguilera Miami 78 84 162 +18
59 58 Monica Schumacher Wake Forest 84 79 163 +19
58 59 Isabella DiLisio Notre Dame 82 82 164 +20
60 60 Serena Hou Miami 89 77 166 +22

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