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Miranda Wang
Blue Devils Feature Solid Start at NCAAs
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 05/17/2019
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Under very challenging conditions to open the NCAA Championship Friday at Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Ark., the Duke women’s golf team carded a 13-over-par, 305, and sits fifth overall, which is only three shots off the lead through 18 holes.

Playing 6,397 yards and par 73, the golfers had to deal with gusting winds and some of the toughest conditions they have faced this season.

Both Texas and Arkansas opened action with a 10-over-par, 302, and holds the team lead through 18 holes. Stanford (304), Arizona (304), Duke (305), Southern California (306), Wake Forest (309), Arizona State (310), Washington (311) and Purdue (312) round out the top 10.

Duke opened action on hole No. 10 Friday and struggled early as all five golfers were a combined 14-over-par over the first five holes. The Blue Devils were able to settle down and play the final nine holes at one-over-par.

After struggling at the start with double-bogeys on No. 11 and No. 13, sophomore Miranda Wang came back with her second eagle of the season on the 477-yard, par five 15th. Wang hit her 3-wood from 232 yards to two feet and sank the eagle to get back to two-over. She closed the first nine holes with a bogey on No. 17 and a double-bogey on No. 18 as she made the turn at five-over.

A native of Beijing, China, Wang then struck fire on the final nine holes notching five birdies over a stretch of seven holes and shooting three-under, 34. She started it off by hitting her hybrid from 195 yards to five feet and sank her first birdie of the day on No. 1. Wang drained a seven-footer on No. 2, before suffering a double-bogey on No. 4.

With five holes left, Wang held a five-over-par ledger, but then birdied holes 6-8 on her way to closing the day with a two-over-par, 75. She sank an 11-footer for birdie on No. 6, tapped in a birdie on No. 7 and drained a 30-foot downhill birdie putt on the eighth hole. For the round, Wang hit nine fairways, 11 greens and rolled 29 putts. Making her first NCAA appearance, Wang is tied for 13th overall and six shots off the lead.
Holding the individual lead after day one was Bianca Pagdanganan of Arizona with a four-under-par, 69.

Sophomore Jaravee Boonchant and junior Ana Belac both carded rounds of three-over, 76, Friday and are tied for 19th overall.

A product of Bangkok, Thailand, Boonchant was even par on the front nine with seven pars, a bogey on No. 12 and a sank a 42-footer for birdie on No. 17. She struggled to open play on the final nine holes with four bogeys over a five-hole stretch. Boonchant regrouped and was nearly holed out on the 470-yard, par five seventh from 30 yards, before tapping in for birdie. She made her second straight birdie on No. 8 as she hit her 50-degree wedge from 110 yards to 12 feet and sank the birdie. Boonchant hit 11 fairways, nine greens and had 30 putts.

Belac, who is from Portoroz, Slovenia, featured Duke’s first birdie of the tournament on the 342-yard, par four 11th hole as she drained a 10-footer. After her second birdie of the day on the par five 15th, she was even par. Belac suffered back-to-back bogeys on No. 17 and No. 18 to make the turn at two-over, 38. She would par the next three holes, including a great sand save on No. 3. Belac stepped to the next tee box and hit her drive out of bounds and would go on to make a double-bogey. She let that hole go and came back to collect her third birdie of the day on the par five fifth by sinking a six-footer, after hitting her gap wedge from 95 yards out. Belac closed her day with an up-and-down par on No. 9 to finish with a 76. She hit 14 greens, 13 fairways and had 33 putts.

After opening her round with three double-bogeys over her first four holes, freshman Gina Kim settled down and played her final 14 holes at one-under-par to finish with a 78. She notched her first birdie of the day on the par four 18th and then collected another on the par four first hole to get to four-over. Kim, who hails from Chapel Hill, N.C., then had back-to-back bogeys on No. 2 and No. 3.

She would settle back down and birdie holes No. 4 and No. 5 to get back to four-over again. Kim closed the final four holes at one-over with three pars and a bogey on No. 7.

Senior Virginia Elena Carta was held to one birdie on the day on the par five 15th, which she two-putted from 25 feet, on her way to shooting a nine-over, 82. She turned in a team-high 38 putts on the day, after hitting 11 greens and 10 fairways.

Duke, which owns six NCAA Championships under head coach Dan Brooks, will have a quick turnaround as the Blue Devils will tee off Saturday in the second round beginning at 8 a.m. (ET), along with Texas and Southern California.

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Duke Results
- T13 Miranda Wang Duke 75 +2
- T19 Ana Belac Duke 76 +3
- T19 Jaravee Boonchant Duke 76 +3
- T39 Gina Kim Duke 78 +5
- T95 Virginia Elena Carta Duke 82 +9

1 Team Scores
T1 Texas, University of 302 +10
T1 Arkansas 302 +10
T3 Stanford 304 +12
T3 Arizona 304 +12
5 Duke 305 +13
6 Southern California 306 +14
7 Wake Forest 309 +17
8 Arizona State 310 +18
9 Washington 311 +19
10 Purdue 312 +20
T11 Auburn 313 +21
T11 Northwestern 313 +21
T13 Virginia 314 +22
T13 Ole Miss 314 +22
15 UCLA 315 +23
16 Vanderbilt 319 +27
17 Illinois 320 +28
T18 Florida State 321 +29
T18 UCF 321 +29
T18 Florida 321 +29
21 Indiana 322 +30
22 San Jose State 324 +32
23 Kent State 325 +33
24 Tennessee 328 +36

Start Finish Player Team Scores
- 1 Bianca Pagdanganan Arizona 69 -4
- T2 Emilee Hoffman Texas, University of 72 -1
- T2 Haley Moore Arizona 72 -1
- T2 Maria Fassi Arkansas 72 -1
- T5 Alessandra Fanali Arizona State 74 +1
- T5 Sarah Rhee Washington 74 +1
- T5 Inez Wanamarta Purdue 74 +1
- T5 Amelia Garvey Southern California 74 +1
- T5 Letizia Bagnoli Wake Forest 74 +1
- T5 Aline Krauter Stanford 74 +1
- T5 Albane Valenzuela Stanford 74 +1
- T5 Kaylee Benton Arkansas 74 +1
- T13 Raquel Olmos Arizona State 75 +2
- T13 Patty Tavatanakit UCLA 75 +2
- T13 Amanda Hollandsworth * Virginia Tech 75 +2
- T13 Miranda Wang Duke 75 +2
- T13 Agathe Laisne Texas, University of 75 +2
- T13 Sierra Brooks Florida 75 +2
- T19 Stephanie Lau Northwestern 76 +3
- T19 Kennedy Swann Ole Miss 76 +3
- T19 Ellen Hutchinson-Kay Ole Miss 76 +3
- T19 Ana Belac Duke 76 +3
- T19 Jaravee Boonchant Duke 76 +3
- T19 Allyson Geer-Park * Michigan State 76 +3
- T19 Brooke Matthews Arkansas 76 +3
- T19 Kaleigh Telfer Auburn 76 +3
- T27 Riley Smyth Virginia 77 +4
- T27 Bing Singhsumalee Illinois 77 +4
- T27 Kelly Sim Northwestern 77 +4
- T27 Beth Lillie Virginia 77 +4
- T27 Linette Holmslykke * Murray State 77 +4
- T27 Alyssa Lamoureux UCF 77 +4
- T27 Malia Nam Southern California 77 +4
- T27 Alyaa Abdulghany Southern California 77 +4
- T27 Kaitlyn Papp Texas, University of 77 +4
- T27 Morgan Baxendale Vanderbilt 77 +4
- T27 Frida Kinhult Florida State 77 +4
- T27 Andrea Lee Stanford 77 +4
- T39 Madison Kerley Arizona State 78 +5
- T39 Bethany Wu UCLA 78 +5
- T39 Rino Sasaki Washington 78 +5
- T39 Mikayla Fitzpatrick * Xavier 78 +5
- T39 Melati Putri Purdue 78 +5
- T39 Sara Kouskova Texas, University of 78 +5
- T39 Gina Kim Duke 78 +5
- T39 Vanessa Knecht Wake Forest 78 +5
- T39 Jennifer Chang Southern California 78 +5
- T39 Jennifer Kupcho Wake Forest 78 +5
- T39 Aneka Seumanutafa * Ohio State 78 +5
- T39 Brooke Sansom Auburn 78 +5
- T39 Auston Kim Vanderbilt 78 +5
- T39 Julie McCarthy Auburn 78 +5
- T53 Janet Mao Northwestern 79 +6
- T53 Katharine Patrick Virginia 79 +6
- T53 Julianne Alvarez Washington 79 +6
- T53 Kornkamol Sukaree Illinois 79 +6
- T53 Micaela Farah Purdue 79 +6
- T53 Conner Beth Ball Ole Miss 79 +6
- T53 Natasha Andrea Oon San Jose State 79 +6
- T53 Micheala Williams Tennessee 79 +6
- T53 Abegail Arevalo San Jose State 79 +6
- T53 Pimnipa Panthong Kent State 79 +6
- T53 Siyun Liu Wake Forest 79 +6
- T53 Ziyi Wang Stanford 79 +6
- T53 Angelica Moresco * Alabama 79 +6
- T53 Clara Manzalini Florida 79 +6
- T67 Wenyung Keh Washington 80 +7
- T67 Clare Legaspi UCLA 80 +7
- T67 Tristyn Nowlin Illinois 80 +7
- T67 Haylin Harris * Michigan State 80 +7
- T67 Mary Parsons Indiana 80 +7
- T67 Waverly Whiston Tennessee 80 +7
- T67 Priscilla Schmid Indiana 80 +7
- T67 Elizabeth Moon UCF 80 +7
- T67 Hailee Cooper Texas, University of 80 +7
- T67 Thitapa Pakdeesettak Kent State 80 +7
- T67 Mika Liu Stanford 80 +7
- T67 Beatrice Wallin Florida State 80 +7
- T67 Amanda Doherty Florida State 80 +7
- T67 Dylan Kim Arkansas 80 +7
- T81 Brooke Riley Northwestern 81 +8
- T81 Anna Redding Virginia 81 +8
- T81 Michaela Fletcher * Memphis 81 +8
- T81 Danielle DuToit Purdue 81 +8
- T81 Franziska Friedrich San Jose State 81 +8
- T81 Kari Bellville Indiana 81 +8
- T81 Erin Harper Indiana 81 +8
- T81 Gabriela Ruffels Southern California 81 +8
- T81 Chloe Salort Kent State 81 +8
- T81 Ya Chun Chang Arizona 81 +8
- T81 Kaitlin Milligan * Oklahoma 81 +8
- T81 Abbey Carlson Vanderbilt 81 +8
- T81 Elena Hualde Auburn 81 +8
- T81 Marta Perez SanMartin Florida 81 +8
- T95 Mariel Galdiano UCLA 82 +9
- T95 Maria Balcazar UCF 82 +9
- T95 Ana Laura Collado UCF 82 +9
- T95 Virginia Elena Carta Duke 82 +9
- T95 Yu-Sang Hou Arizona 82 +9
- T95 Kathleen Scavo * Oregon 82 +9
- T101 Alexandra Forsterling Arizona State 83 +10
- T101 Virunpat Olankitkunchai * Maryland 83 +10
- T101 Julia Johnson Ole Miss 83 +10
- T101 Louise Yu Vanderbilt 83 +10
- T101 Mychael O'Berry Auburn 83 +10
- T106 Crystal Wang Illinois 84 +11
- T106 Alice Duan Washington 84 +11
- T106 Ariana Macioce Tennessee 84 +11
- T106 Sandra Nordaas Arizona 84 +11
- T106 Courtney Zeng Vanderbilt 84 +11
- T106 Amelia Williamson Florida State 84 +11
- T112 Morgan Gonzales Virginia 85 +12
- T112 Olivia Mehaffey Arizona State 85 +12
- T112 Chinatsu Kobayashi UCF 85 +12
- T112 Antonia Malate San Jose State 85 +12
- T112 Mikayla Bardwell Tennessee 85 +12
- T112 Michaela Finn Kent State 85 +12
- T112 Emilia Migliaccio Wake Forest 85 +12
- T112 Puk Lyng Thomsen Florida State 85 +12
- T120 Karoline Stormo Kent State 86 +13
- T120 Addison Baggarly Florida 86 +13
- T120 Elin Esborn Florida 86 +13
- 123 Phoebe Yue UCLA 87 +14
- T124 Ellie Slama * Oregon State 88 +15
- T124 Ximena Gonzalez Arkansas 88 +15
- T126 Kelly Su Northwestern 89 +16
- T126 Macy Somoskey Ole Miss 89 +16
- T126 Alexis Miestowski Indiana 89 +16
- T126 Mariah Smith Tennessee 89 +16
- 130 Katie Hallinan Illinois 90 +17
- T131 RuQing Guan Purdue 91 +18
- T131 Alexandra Cooper San Jose State 91 +18

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