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Duke ties school record in opening round
Blue Devils Go Low in Opening Round in Chapel Hill
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 10/12/2018
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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – For the third straight tournament, the Duke women’s golf program has gone low and taken the team lead as the Blue Devils matched a school record Friday with a 17-under, 271, in the first round of the Ruth’s Chris Tar Heel Invitational at the 6,379-yard, par 72 Finley Golf Course.

It marked the second straight year the Blue Devils have shot a 271 in the opening round of the Tar Heel Invitational, which is the second-lowest 18-hole score in the tournament history.

Duke leads by six strokes over Virginia, which carded an 11-under, 277. Arkansas (285), Louisville (288), Furman (289), Wake Forest (289), South Carolina (290), Vanderbilt (290), Michigan State (296) and North Carolina (297) rounded out the top 10.

“It was fun today,” said Duke head coach Dan Brooks. “We saw a lot of putts fall in, a lot of great shots. It is a course that will allow you to score so we need to be on our toes, because there will be some low scoring tomorrow and the next day. We feel really good about this, but we need to keep the pedal down.”

The Blue Devils opened the tournament with a shotgun start on holes one through three. Three of the five Duke golfers kicked off its day with a birdie on their first hole and the birdies continued.

At the end of the day, Duke featured four golfers shooting three-under-par or better and all four were in the top 10 of the individual leaderboard. Sophomore Jaravee Boonchant led the way with a six-under-par, 66, which matched a career best round.

Boonchant, who is from Bangkok, Thailand, holds the individual lead by one stroke over Emilia Migliaccio of Wake Forest and Haylee Hartford of Furman, who each shot five-under, 67.

With three birdies over her first five holes, Boonchant moved to three-under-par early. She was dialed in with her irons so well that she hit the flag on her approach on the 370-yard, par four No. 4. After the ball rested six feet from the flag, she drained her first birdie of the day. Her third birdie on No. 7 came after she sank a three-foot putt, following hitting her eight iron from 135 yards to that distance.

“Today my approaches were really good,” commented Boonchant. “I hit 16-of-18 greens and putted really good. Everything just dropped in the hole.”

On the back nine, Boonchant registered birdies on No. 12, No. 13, No. 16 and No. 17. After a bogey on No. 18, she had a par on No. 1 and sank a birdie on No. 2 to finish off the afternoon with a 66. She hit 11 fairways, 16 greens and rolled a season-best 28 putts.

Both Virginia Elena Carta and Ana Belac each carded four-under-par rounds of 66 and are tied for fourth, individually.

Belac, who hails from Portoroz, Slovenia, featured four birdies over her first seven holes to start her day and she led the field at four-under-par. She drained lengthy putts on No. 1 and No. 4 of 15 and 12 feet, respectively and went on to hit her first 10 greens of the day. After seven straight pars, Belac had her lone bogey on No. 15, before closing with an eight-foot birdie on the 376-yard, par four 18th. She hit 15 greens, 12 fairways and totaled 29 putts.

With her third straight round in the 60s to open a tournament this season, Carta connected on seven birdies on the day. This was spearheaded by her best putting round of her collegiate career as she rolled 28 putts on the day. Carta, a product of Udine, Italy, bogied her first hole, No. 2, but went on a stretch where she birdied four straight holes from five through eight. She rolled in a 10-footers on No. 5 and No. 6, a 12-footer on No. 7 and five-footer on No. 8 to move to three-under-par.

Carta would birdie No. 11, but suffer bogeys on No. 12 and No. 15, to drop to two-under-par. She then responded with back-to-back birdies on the 17th and 18th to get back to four-under-par, which is where she finished after a par on No. 1. She hit 12 fairways and 14 greens in her team-best 15th career round in the 60s.

Sophomore Miranda Wang matched her collegiate-best 18-hole score Friday as she fired a three-under, 69, which included four birdies. Wang held a one-under-par ledger through her first 15 holes, which included birdies on No. 2 and No. 6. Her opening birdie was very impressive as she hit her drive left and hit a tree. She hit her approach from out of the fairway with a 150 distance to 20 feet and rolled in the birdie. Wang, who is from Beijing, China, connected on a three-footer for birdie at No. 6, following her lone bogey of the day on No. 4. She added birdies on No. 17 and No. 1 to close the day with a three-under, 69. Wang hit 12 greens, 10 fairways and had a team-best 27 putts.

Playing in her hometown of Chapel Hill, N.C., freshman Gina Kim closed the day with a 79.

For the day, Duke registered a season-best 25 birdies.

The Blue Devils will tee off Saturday in round two beginning at 10:39 a.m., along with Virginia and Arkansas.

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Duke Results
- 1 Jaravee Boonchant Duke 66 -6
- T4 Virginia Elena Carta Duke 68 -4
- T4 Ana Belac Duke 68 -4
- T10 Miranda Wang Duke 69 -3
- T85 Gina Kim Duke 79 +7

1 Team Scores
1 Duke 271 -17
2 Virginia 277 -11
3 Arkansas 285 -3
4 Louisville 288 E
T5 Furman 289 +1
T5 Wake Forest 289 +1
T7 South Carolina 290 +2
T7 Vanderbilt 290 +2
9 Michigan State 296 +8
10 North Carolina 297 +9
11 North Carolina State 298 +10
12 Ohio State 300 +12
T13 Charlotte 301 +13
T13 Tulane 301 +13
15 Michigan 302 +14
16 Clemson 303 +15
17 UNC Wilmington 305 +17
18 Rollins College 309 +21

Start Finish Player Team Scores
- 1 Jaravee Boonchant Duke 66 -6
- T2 Emilia Migliaccio Wake Forest 67 -5
- T2 Haylee Harford Furman 67 -5
- T4 Virginia Elena Carta Duke 68 -4
- T4 Anna Redding Virginia 68 -4
- T4 Katharine Patrick Virginia 68 -4
- T4 Ana Belac Duke 68 -4
- T4 Dylan Kim Arkansas 68 -4
- T4 Lauren Thibodeau Louisville 68 -4
- T10 Miranda Wang Duke 69 -3
- T10 Cara Gorlei Arkansas 69 -3
- T12 Julia Ford Virginia 70 -2
- T12 Abbey Carlson Vanderbilt 70 -2
- T14 Anita Uwadia South Carolina 71 -1
- T14 Jennifer Kupcho Wake Forest 71 -1
- T14 Ashley Kim Michigan 71 -1
- T14 Lois Kaye Go South Carolina 71 -1
- T14 Beth Lillie Virginia 71 -1
- T19 Valery Plata Michigan State 72 E
- T19 Haydyn Gibson Tulane 72 E
- T19 Olivia Cason Louisville 72 E
- T19 Courtney Zeng Vanderbilt 72 E
- T19 Kelly Whaley North Carolina 72 E
- T19 Ana Pelaez South Carolina 72 E
- T19 Adeena Shears Ohio State 72 E
- T26 Maria Fassi Arkansas 73 +1
- T26 Naomi Ko North Carolina State 73 +1
- T26 Lauren Hartlage Louisville 73 +1
- T26 Natalie Srinivasan Furman 73 +1
- T26 Louise Yu Vanderbilt 73 +1
- T26 Jennifer Zhou North Carolina 73 +1
- T32 Laura Munoz Tulane 74 +2
- T32 Cecilie Finne-Ipsen Charlotte 74 +2
- T32 Lindsay May Clemson 74 +2
- T32 Nicole Lu North Carolina 74 +2
- T32 Morgan Baxendale * Vanderbilt 74 +2
- T32 Allyson Geer-Park Michigan State 74 +2
- T32 India Clyburn North Carolina State 74 +2
- T32 Jacqueline Bendrick Furman 74 +2
- T32 Laura Kowohl North Carolina State 74 +2
- T32 Paz Marfa Michigan State 74 +2
- T42 Nikolette Schroeder Ohio State 75 +3
- T42 Margot Bechadergue Louisville 75 +3
- T42 Jillian Farrell Charlotte 75 +3
- T42 Ava Bergner * North Carolina 75 +3
- T42 Rachael Mast UNC Wilmington 75 +3
- T42 Kyra Cox Furman 75 +3
- T42 Grace St-Germain Arkansas 75 +3
- T42 Mairead Martin Louisville 75 +3
- T42 Vanessa Knecht Wake Forest 75 +3
- T42 Auston Kim Vanderbilt 75 +3
- T52 Emily Price South Carolina 76 +4
- T52 Ashley Lau Michigan 76 +4
- T52 Annie Kim Vanderbilt 76 +4
- T52 Ivy Shepherd Clemson 76 +4
- T52 Lara van Staden Rollins College 76 +4
- T52 Gabrielle Correia Tulane 76 +4
- T52 Thao My Nguyen UNC Wilmington 76 +4
- T52 Yurika Tanida Michigan State 76 +4
- T52 Siyun Liu Wake Forest 76 +4
- T52 Lauren Peter Ohio State 76 +4
- T52 Ellinor Sudow Charlotte 76 +4
- T52 Siarra Stout Charlotte 76 +4
- T52 Morgan Gonzales Virginia 76 +4
- T52 Marion Veysseyre South Carolina 76 +4
- T52 Ana Paula Valdes Clemson 76 +4
- T52 Seher Atwal Rollins College 76 +4
- T68 Alisa Snyder Michigan 77 +5
- T68 Alice Hewson Clemson 77 +5
- T68 Ellinoora Moisio UNC Wilmington 77 +5
- T68 Yukie Sasaki Ohio State 77 +5
- T68 Haylin Harris Michigan State 77 +5
- T68 Skylar Thompson * South Carolina 77 +5
- T68 Phu Khine UNC Wilmington 77 +5
- T68 Lea Klimentova North Carolina State 77 +5
- T68 Ximena Gonzalez Arkansas 77 +5
- T68 Mim Sangkapong North Carolina State 77 +5
- T78 Ashley Fowler Charlotte 78 +6
- T78 Monica Schumacher * Wake Forest 78 +6
- T78 Sophie Faulkner Rollins College 78 +6
- T78 Elodie Van Dievoet Michigan 78 +6
- T78 Hannah Ghelfi Michigan 78 +6
- T78 Brynn Walker North Carolina 78 +6
- T78 Mariana Ocano North Carolina 78 +6
- T85 Selin Timur Rollins College 79 +7
- T85 Alex Wright Ohio State 79 +7
- T85 Caitlin Cotterill Furman 79 +7
- T85 Gina Kim Duke 79 +7
- T85 Isabella Cardenas Tulane 79 +7
- T85 Madison Isaacson UNC Wilmington 79 +7
- T91 Alexandra Swayne Clemson 80 +8
- T91 Roshnee Sharma * North Carolina 80 +8
- T93 Jennifer Jung Rollins College 81 +9
- T93 Letizia Bagnoli Wake Forest 81 +9
- 95 Jennifer Rosenberg Tulane 82 +10
- 96 Clementina Rodriguez * North Carolina 85 +13

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