NEW ORLEANS, La. – Junior Ana Belac carded a bogey free four-under-par, 68, Sunday to open the 2019 campaign at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate Championship, which is being played at the 6,239-yard, par 72 English Turn Golf & Country Club in New Orleans, La.
Belac, a native of Portoroz, Slovenia, holds the individual lead with her four birdies ahead of three other golfers, who finished at three-under, 69. She opened her day with five consecutive pars, before rolling in a five-foot birdie on the 476-yard, par five sixth hole. She went on to make the turn with a one-under, 35.
On the back, Belac hit the green in two on the 491-yard, par five 11th and two-putted for birdie. She backed that up by draining a 15-footer for birdie on No. 13 to move to three under. Belac added her final birdie on the 355-yard, par four 16th as she sank a 10-foot putt. She hit 15 greens, 12 fairways and rolled 29 putts.
As a team, Duke sits in second place and only one shot off the lead as the Blue Devils turned in a two-under, 286. Duke is one shot behind Texas (285) with Southern California (289), South Carolina (294), NC State (295) and Florida (295) rounding out the top five. As a team, Duke dropped in 14 birdies.
Coming off her first collegiate victory to close the fall at the Landfall Tradition, Gina Kim carded a five-foot birdie on the 138-yard, par three third hole to get in the red early. After a bogey on No. 5, she connected on a birdie on No. 6 to get back to one-under, which is where she closed the day. Kim, who is from Chapel Hill, N.C., turned in three pars, three birdies on No. 11, No. 15 and No. 16 and three bogeys on the back nine. She hit 13 greens, 10 fairways and had 28 putts. Kim’s round of 71 placed her tied seventh overall.
Sophomore Jaravee Boonchant had four straight pars to start her day, before rolling in a nine-foot birdie on No. 5. A native of Bangkok, Thailand, Boonchant drained an 11-footer for bogey on the sixth hole and then made the turn at even-par, 36. She added a six-foot birdie on No. 13 and a 15-footer on No. 16 to go along with five pars and two bogeys on the back nine. Boonchant is tied 13th with an even-par, 72, after hitting 11 fairways, 11 greens and totaling a team-best 28 putts.
Senior Virginia Elena Carta had three pars to open the first round and then had back-to-back bogeys on No. 4 and No. 5. She closed the front nine with four more pars for a two-over, 38. After a bogey on No. 10, Carta notched her lone birdie of the day on the 343-yard, par four 13th. Carta, a product of Udine, Italy, finished the day with a 75 and is tied 33rd. She hit 13 greens, 11 fairways and had 35 putts.
After totaling Duke’s only birdie of the day on the 516-yard, par five second hole, sophomore Miranda Wang struggled to close out the front nine as she was six-over during the final seven holes on, before making the turn. She closed strong with a two-over, 38, and finished with a 79 and is tied for 74th.
Duke will tee off Monday beginning at 11:20 a.m., along with Texas and Southern California.
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