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Lindy Duncan
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Lindy Duncan
Duncan Closes Strong; Finishes T-6th at Nationals
Tuesday 05/25/2012  -  Duke Sports Information
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FRANKLIN, Tenn. -  After dealing with an illness combined with not being able to get many putts to drop, Duke University standout Lindy Duncan came alive down the stretch with four birdies over her final five holes to finish tied for sixth overall at the 2012 NCAA Championship, which was played at the 6,377-yard, par 72 Vanderbilt Legends Golf Club in Franklin, Tenn.

“It is unbelievable,” commented Duncan on her finish.  “I don’t know where those birdies came from.  It was kind of a grind all week.  I kept fighting.  That is what you have to do in this game.”

Duncan, who is the No. 1 golfer in the nation, got her putter going late to finish with a two-under-par, 70, on Friday in the final round and a 72-hole total of 290 with rounds of 70, 75, 75 and 70.  Her tied for sixth place finish gave her 10 placements in 2011-12 in the top eight and 13 straight top 10 finishes dating back to her sophomore campaign. 

“It seems like no matter how bad things are for her, she gets in the top 10,” said Duke head coach Dan Brooks.  “She did that down in Florida this spring and things were not going well for her.  She was sick in this tournament and she figures out a way to get in the top 10.  She has learned to be very patient.  Golf was not easy for her this week.”

Over her last two NCAA Championships, Duncan has collected a tied for eighth and tied for sixth finish.  She closed the books on a junior campaign where she won four tournaments, had 10 top 10 finishes, 21 rounds of even or under par and a 71.07 stroke average.  Her 71.07 stroke average is the second-best in school history. 

“It is just very special,” commented Duncan on her season.  “Towards the end, I knew it was kind of there and I was maybe putting to much pressure on myself because of it but to actually do it is really special.  I don’t even know what to say.”

Duke kicked off the day on hole No. 10 for the second straight afternoon and Duncan opened her round at even par as she made the turn.  A product of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Duncan posted seven pars, a 13-foot birdie on No. 13 and a bogey on No. 16.  After totaling bogeys on No. 1 and No. 4, Duncan came alive over her final five holes with four birdies and a par. 

“It was definitely frustrating at times because I’ve worked really hard on my putting,” said Duncan.  “I have seen so many improvements in it, but that is just one part of the game. There were lots of other things that were really great so I am just going to continue to work on it and continue to hopefully get it better.  Overall, the year was really great and I am just really blessed to be a part this team and part of Duke.”

The two-time first team All-America rolled in a seven-foot birdie on No. 5 to get things going and then had a 15-foot birdie on the 389-yard, par four sixth hole.  Duncan collected her longest putt of the week on No. 8 as she drained a 25-footer for birdie.  On her final hole of the tournament, Duncan was on the green in two and two putted for her team-best fifth birdie of the day. 

“Lindy is just a very special kid,” said Brooks.  “She always works to make herself a better player.  No matter what part of her life or golf she needs to pay attention to she does it and makes it a little bit better next time.  That is really how I always end up describing her.  She leaves no stone unturned and you can see the result.  She never gets out of the top 10.  She is a great player.”

On the afternoon, Duncan hit 12 greens, seven fairways and had 29 putts.  She hit her final five greens of the day.

Taking the individual NCAA title was Oklahoma’s Chirapat Jao-Javanil with a four-day total of 282, while Alabama’s Brooke Pancake was second (286). 

Alabama won its first NCAA women’s golf title with a 72-hole total of 1171 as the Crimson Tide won by one stroke over Southern California (1172).  Rounding out the top 15 schools were LSU (1173), Virginia (1175), South Carolina (1176), Arizona State (1179), Oklahoma (1179), UCLA (1181), Purdue (1182), North Carolina (1184), Vanderbilt (1186), Florida (1190), Texas (1191), N.C. State (1191) and Duke (1192). 

“Well, they did something today that I was missing in watching them the two days before in that they stayed tough,” said Brooks.  “They really kept their chins up.  The golf wasn’t what we hoped for, but at least they were a little bit tougher.  The course just got us a little bit. Twelve birdies over the last five holes.  That is testimony to their attitudes and they have a lot to be proud of.  We had two wins and a runner-up this year, we won the ACC Championship in the spring and won the New Orleans Tournament, which was a very good field.  There is a lot of good stuff to reflect on.”

Posting Duke’s second-best score of the day was junior Courtney Ellenbogen with a two-over-par, 74.  A native of Blacksburg, Va., Ellenbogen came out on the first nine and was three-over-par when she made the turn.  She suffered a bogey on No. 14 and a double-bogey on the toughest hole on the course -- the 154-yard, par three 16th.  Over the four days, Ellenbogen was six-over-par on No. 16 with three double-bogeys. 

“This two-over-par on this golf course where she is a player that doesn’t hit it real far,” said Brooks.  “For her to be able to hit the shots she needs to hit, negotiating these really fast and hard greens.  That was a really great round of golf.  She has come a long ways.”

She played her final nine holes at one-under-par as she drained an eight-foot putt for birdie on No. 2 and an eight-footer on No. 9 to close the day.  For the afternoon, Ellenbogen hit 13 fairways, 14 greens and had 32 putts.  For the week, she tied for 91st with a four-day total of 306.   

After carding rounds of 72 and 74 the first two days, sophomore Alejandra Cangrejo closed with rounds of 77 and 76 on her way to finishing tied for 51st with a 299.  On the first nine, she couldn’t get much going with five pars and four bogeys as she made the turn at four-over-par.  Cangrejo, who is from Bogota, Colombia, played her final nine at even par with five pars, two birdies and two bogeys.  She registered a 20-footer birdie putt on No. 5 and a tap-in birdie on No. 7 as she was on the par five green in two.  For the day, she hit nine fairways, eight greens and had 30 putts. 

Coming into the day tied for 11th overall, Stacey Kim had been playing some of the best golf of her career.  She had a rough round on Friday as she totaled an 80 on her way to finishing tied for 51st with a 299.  A product of Columbus, Ga., Kim was five-over-par on the front nine and then was six-over-par heading to the short, 251-yard, par four second hole.  Trying to make something happen, Kim tried to hit the green off the tee and almost got it there but it just hit on the left side of the green and bounced in the water.  She went on to make a double-bogey. 

Kim closed solid with two birdies over her final three holes and posted 10 birdies on the week.  She hit 12 fairways, eight greens and had 31 putts on the day. 

Continuing to struggle with her swing all week, sophomore Laetitia Beck was 12-over-par with four holes remaining on the day.  Beck, who is from Caesarea, Israel, made one slight swing adjustment and then played the final four holes at three-under-par on her way to finishing with an 81.  She chipped in for birdie on No. 13 and No. 6.  Beck had 28 putts on the day, while hitting eight fairways.  She tied for 117th with a 314. 

As a team, Duke will return its entire roster for 2012-13 and welcome a solid recruiting class to the mix. 

“I am excited for next year, it could be a lot of fun,” commented Brooks.

Notes:

•  With the 15th place finish, Duke snapped a streak of 10 straight top 10 finishes in which the Blue Devils have participated in.  The finish is the second-lowest under head coach Dan Brooks

•  Duke is a combined 17-over-par on the 154-yard, par three 17th hole through the four days.

•  As a team, Duke was seven-over-par on holes 1-9 this week, while being 68-over-par on holes 10-18. 

•  The Blue Devils were three-under-par on par fives on Friday, seven-under-par on Thursday and Wednesday was two-over-par. 

•  Laetitia Beck was one-over-par on holes 1-9 in the four rounds, while being 26-over-par on holes 10-18.

•  Lindy Duncan was six-under-par on the week on holes 1-9, while being two-over-par on the other nine. 

•  As a team, Duke totaled 12 birdies on the day.

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Duke Results

T17 T6 Lindy Duncan Duke 70 75 75 70 (F) 290 +2
T34 T51 Alejandra Cangrejo Duke 72 74 77 76 (F) 299 +11
T11 T51 Stacey Kim Duke 72 75 72 80 (F) 299 +11
T101 T117 Laetitia Beck Duke 78 78 77 81 (F) 314 +26
T98 T91 Courtney Ellenbogen Duke 75 79 78 74 (F) 306 +18

1 2 3 4 Team Scores
1 1 1 1 Alabama 286 285 306 294 1171 +19
T11 7 2 2 Southern Cal 297 288 294 293 1172 +20
T7 8 6 3 LSU 293 294 297 289 1173 +21
2 T2 T3 4 Virginia 288 294 301 292 1175 +23
T18 T5 T3 5 South Carolina 302 281 300 293 1176 +24
T5 T5 8 T6 Arizona State 292 291 304 292 1179 +27
9 T13 T9 T6 Oklahoma 294 299 295 291 1179 +27
T5 T2 T9 8 UCLA 292 290 306 293 1181 +29
T7 9 T3 9 Purdue 293 295 295 299 1182 +30
4 T2 7 10 North Carolina 290 292 303 299 1184 +32
T22 10 T16 11 Vanderbilt 306 284 311 285 1186 +34
T18 T15 T11 12 Florida 302 293 297 298 1190 +38
T11 12 20 T13 Texas 297 295 313 286 1191 +39
T14 T13 13 T13 NC State 299 294 305 293 1191 +39
3 11 T11 15 Duke 289 302 301 300 1192 +40
T14 19 T18 T16 Baylor 299 304 300 290 1193 +41
17 T17 14 T16 Texas A&M 301 298 300 294 1193 +41
T11 T15 15 18 Colorado 297 298 305 296 1196 +44
16 T21 22 19 Tennessee 300 307 307 286 1200 +48
10 T21 T16 20 Michigan State 296 311 294 300 1201 +49
T22 T17 T18 21 Pepperdine 306 293 304 301 1204 +52
T20 23 23 22 Ohio State 303 307 305 296 1211 +59
T20 20 21 23 Arkansas 303 301 309 301 1214 +62
24 24 24 24 Stanford 309 304 307 296 1216 +64

Start Finish Player Team Scores
T1 1 Chirapat Jao-Javanil Oklahoma 69 73 70 70 (F) 282 -6
T3 2 Brooke Pancake Alabama 68 70 75 73 (F) 286 -2
T3 T3 Tessa Teachman LSU 69 74 70 74 (F) 287 -1
T8 T3 Laura Gonzalez Purdue 67 76 74 70 (F) 287 -1
T5 5 Katie Burnett South Carolina 74 67 74 73 (F) 288 E
T8 T6 Brittany Marchand NC State 71 70 76 73 (F) 290 +2
T17 T6 Lindy Duncan Duke 70 75 75 70 (F) 290 +2
T5 T8 Portland Rosen Virginia 66 75 74 76 (F) 291 +3
T11 T8 Kimberly Kaufman * Texas Tech 70 73 76 72 (F) 291 +3
T27 T8 Gabriella Dominguez * Texas Tech 75 74 73 69 (F) 291 +3
T1 T8 Giulia Molinaro Arizona State 69 71 72 79 (F) 291 +3
10 T8 Katherine Perry North Carolina 75 70 73 73 (F) 291 +3
T11 13 Katerina Ruzickova Texas A&M 73 72 74 73 (F) 292 +4
T34 T14 Jaclyn Jansen Baylor 71 78 74 70 (F) 293 +5
T11 T14 Rachel Rohanna Ohio State 72 75 72 74 (F) 293 +5
T23 T14 Marina Alex Vanderbilt 77 68 76 72 (F) 293 +5
T34 T14 Paula Reto Purdue 73 73 77 70 (F) 293 +5
T11 T14 Jennifer Kirby Alabama 74 71 74 74 (F) 293 +5
7 T14 Doris Chen Southern Cal 75 69 72 77 (F) 293 +5
T17 T14 Brianna Do UCLA 72 71 77 73 (F) 293 +5
T27 T21 Lindsey Solberg Michigan State 72 76 74 72 (F) 294 +6
T17 T21 Alina Ching Pepperdine 74 73 73 74 (F) 294 +6
T40 T21 Amanda Strang South Carolina 75 73 76 70 (F) 294 +6
T27 T21 Taylor Schmidt Oklahoma 74 75 73 72 (F) 294 +6
T23 T21 Anne Tanguay Oklahoma 72 73 76 73 (F) 294 +6
T27 T21 Lisa McCloskey Southern Cal 76 72 74 72 (F) 294 +6
T17 T21 Inah Park Southern Cal 74 73 73 74 (F) 294 +6
T27 T21 Laura Blanco Arizona State 73 73 76 72 (F) 294 +6
T54 T29 Lauren Stratton Vanderbilt 75 70 81 69 (F) 295 +7
T64 T29 Austin Ernst LSU 78 75 74 68 (F) 295 +7
T40 T29 Brittany Altomare Virginia 71 73 80 71 (F) 295 +7
T23 T29 Erynne Lee UCLA 72 73 76 74 (F) 295 +7
T40 T33 Emily Tubert Arkansas 73 74 77 72 (F) 296 +8
T40 T33 Bertine Strauss Texas 74 76 74 72 (F) 296 +8
T40 T33 Kendall Martindale Vanderbilt 75 72 77 72 (F) 296 +8
T11 T33 Camilla Hedberg Florida 76 69 74 77 (F) 296 +8
T54 T33 Hannah Collier Alabama 75 71 80 70 (F) 296 +8
T54 T38 Nicole Vandermade Texas 76 72 78 71 (F) 297 +9
T50 T38 Mariko Tumangan Stanford 71 75 79 72 (F) 297 +9
T54 T38 Augusta James NC State 75 75 76 71 (F) 297 +9
T34 T38 Emily Talley Colorado 71 76 76 74 (F) 297 +9
T40 T38 Briana Mao Virginia 77 75 72 73 (F) 297 +9
T40 T38 Sophia Popov Southern Cal 75 74 75 73 (F) 297 +9
T17 T38 Stephanie Meadow Alabama 69 73 78 77 (F) 297 +9
T71 T45 Chessey Thomas Tennessee 76 78 74 70 (F) 298 +10
T64 T45 Alex Stewart Colorado 75 73 79 71 (F) 298 +10
T34 T45 Jennifer Coleman Colorado 76 73 74 75 (F) 298 +10
T27 T45 Caroline Powers Michigan State 75 74 73 76 (F) 298 +10
T50 T45 Margarita Ramos * Arizona 76 72 77 73 (F) 298 +10
T71 T45 Noemi Jimenez Arizona State 74 74 80 70 (F) 298 +10
T64 T51 Chelsey Cothran Baylor 79 75 73 72 (F) 299 +11
T54 T51 Natalie Reeves Texas A&M 75 75 76 73 (F) 299 +11
T101 T51 Isabelle Lendl Florida 82 78 73 66 (F) 299 +11
T34 T51 Alejandra Cangrejo Duke 72 74 77 76 (F) 299 +11
T50 T51 Madelene Sagstrom LSU 70 72 83 74 (F) 299 +11
T11 T51 Stacey Kim Duke 72 75 72 80 (F) 299 +11
T34 T51 Lee Lopez UCLA 73 73 77 76 (F) 299 +11
T17 T51 Aurora Kan Purdue 77 74 69 79 (F) 299 +11
T54 T59 Lindsay Gahm LSU 76 73 77 74 (F) 300 +12
T27 T59 Meredith Swanson South Carolina 76 71 75 78 (F) 300 +12
T82 T59 Tiffany Lua UCLA 75 73 82 70 (F) 300 +12
T40 T59 Catherine O'Donnell North Carolina 68 76 80 76 (F) 300 +12
T77 T63 Erica Popson Tennessee 77 76 76 72 (F) 301 +13
T71 T63 Sally Watson Stanford 78 76 74 73 (F) 301 +13
T77 T63 Mary Michael Maggio Texas A&M 77 77 75 72 (F) 301 +13
T50 T63 Patricia Garcia Texas A&M 76 74 75 76 (F) 301 +13
T23 T63 Evan Jensen Florida 74 73 74 80 (F) 301 +13
T54 T63 Casey Grice North Carolina 77 72 77 75 (F) 301 +13
T64 T63 Justine Lee Arizona State 78 73 76 74 (F) 301 +13
T71 70 Nathalie Mansson Tennessee 74 76 78 74 (F) 302 +14
T64 T71 Katelyn Sepmoree Texas 71 76 80 76 (F) 303 +15
T82 T71 Emma Lavy Arkansas 75 77 78 73 (F) 303 +15
T71 T71 Valerie Sternebeck Baylor 79 73 76 75 (F) 303 +15
T92 T71 Anna Leigh Keith Vanderbilt 80 74 77 72 (F) 303 +15
T40 T71 Rocio Sanchez Lobato * Georgia 74 75 75 79 (F) 303 +15
T64 T71 Allie White North Carolina 75 74 78 76 (F) 303 +15
T92 T77 Haley Stephens Texas 76 72 83 73 (F) 304 +16
T92 T77 Hayley Davis Baylor 74 78 79 73 (F) 304 +16
T77 T77 Grace Na Pepperdine 80 73 76 75 (F) 304 +16
T64 T77 Somin Lee Pepperdine 75 73 79 77 (F) 304 +16
T77 T77 Justine Dreher South Carolina 77 77 75 75 (F) 304 +16
T82 T77 Rachel Morris Southern Cal 73 80 77 74 (F) 304 +16
T40 T77 Kishi Sinha Purdue 76 72 76 80 (F) 304 +16
T101 T84 Amy Meier Ohio State 73 79 81 72 (F) 305 +17
T54 T84 Emily Podzielinski Arkansas 78 72 76 79 (F) 305 +17
T82 T84 Claudia Lim Ohio State 78 75 77 75 (F) 305 +17
T77 T84 Ana Menendez NC State 78 74 77 76 (F) 305 +17
T82 T84 Liv Cheng Pepperdine 77 76 77 75 (F) 305 +17
T82 T84 Suzie Lee South Carolina 79 70 81 75 (F) 305 +17
T82 T84 Courtney Gunter North Carolina 72 83 75 75 (F) 305 +17
T98 T91 Courtney Ellenbogen Duke 75 79 78 74 (F) 306 +18
T54 T91 Mia Piccio Florida 76 74 76 80 (F) 306 +18
T115 T93 Desiree Dubreuil Texas 81 75 81 70 (F) 307 +19
T115 T93 A.J. Newell Tennessee 75 83 79 70 (F) 307 +19
T101 T93 Sara Monberg Tennessee 75 77 81 74 (F) 307 +19
T82 T93 Christine Meier Michigan State 74 82 74 77 (F) 307 +19
T107 T93 Jacqueline Hedwall LSU 83 75 76 73 (F) 307 +19
T54 T98 Amanda Baker NC State 75 75 76 82 (F) 308 +20
T101 T98 Andrea Watts Florida 76 77 80 75 (F) 308 +20
T98 T98 Daniela Ordonez Arizona State 76 74 82 76 (F) 308 +20
T82 T98 Ani Gulugian UCLA 77 77 76 78 (F) 308 +20
T92 T102 Stani Schiavone Baylor 75 79 77 78 (F) 309 +21
T82 T102 Allyssa Ferrell Michigan State 76 81 73 79 (F) 309 +21
T71 T102 Lauren Greenlief Virginia 74 72 82 81 (F) 309 +21
T121 T102 Maria Salinas * Florida State 80 80 79 70 (F) 309 +21
T111 T106 Marissa Mar Stanford 80 76 79 75 (F) 310 +22
T107 T106 Sydney Burlison Stanford 81 77 76 76 (F) 310 +22
T107 T106 Jessica Wallace Colorado 78 76 80 76 (F) 310 +22
T115 T106 Vivian Tsui NC State 78 77 82 73 (F) 310 +22
T111 T106 Liz Nagel Michigan State 75 80 80 75 (F) 310 +22
T98 T106 Kaitlin Drolson Pepperdine 80 74 78 78 (F) 310 +22
T111 112 Jacki Marshall Oklahoma 79 80 76 76 (F) 311 +23
T101 T113 Victoria Vela Arkansas 77 78 78 79 (F) 312 +24
T115 T113 Jan Chanpalangsri Ohio State 80 81 76 75 (F) 312 +24
T92 T113 Kristin Coleman Colorado 75 80 76 81 (F) 312 +24
114 T113 Kelsey Vines * Oklahoma State 72 83 81 76 (F) 312 +24
T101 T117 Laetitia Beck Duke 78 78 77 81 (F) 314 +26
T107 T117 Emily Collins Oklahoma 79 78 77 80 (F) 314 +26
T119 T119 Hally Leadbetter Arkansas 79 80 79 77 (F) 315 +27
T121 T119 Susana Benavides Ohio State 81 78 80 76 (F) 315 +27
T119 121 Courtney McKim Alabama 82 77 79 78 (F) 316 +28
T92 122 Victoria Scherer Purdue 79 76 76 86 (F) 317 +29
T121 123 Rene Sobolewski Vanderbilt 79 76 84 79 (F) 318 +30
124 124 Kristina Wong Stanford 80 83 78 78 (F) 319 +31
125 125 Sarah Beth Davis Texas A&M 83 82 79 76 (F) 320 +32
126 - Elizabeth Brightwell Virginia A 74 75 72 (F) - -
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