GREENSBORO, N.C. – After being off for over a month, the third-ranked Duke women’s golf team opened the Bryan National Collegiate on Friday in Greensboro, N.C., as the Blue Devils turned in a nine-over-par, 297, and sits tied for sixth overall with 36 holes remaining at the 6,386-yard, par 72 Champions Course at Bryan Park.
Virginia got off to a hot start and leads the tournament with a seven-under-par, 281, with Vanderbilt (286), North Carolina (294), Arkansas (294), South Carolina (296), Duke (297), Wake Forest (297), Auburn (298), Michigan State (298), N.C. State (300) and Georgia (300) rounding out the top 10.
Leading the Duke charge was junior Laetitia Beck with a one-over-par, 73, in round one. A native of Caesarea, Israel, Beck totaled two birdies on the day at No. 7 and No. 9. She was one-under-par through 15 holes but suffered bogies on No. 16 and No. 18 to close the day with a 73, which is tied for 15th overall. Beck hit 16 greens, 10 fairways and had 34 putts on the day.
Freshman Celine Boutier is tied for 24th with a 74, after carding two birdies in her first round. A product of Montrouge, France, Boutier made the turn at two-over-par, 38, and played her final nine holes at even par with seven pars, one birdie and one bogey.
Playing in her first tournament of the season, senior Courtney Ellenbogen carded a three-over-par, 75, and is tied for 33rd overall. Ellenbogen, who is from Blacksburg, Va., totaled a tied for team-best with three birdies on the day.
Fellow senior Stacey Kim held a one-over-par score through 12 holes, but suffered three bogeys over her final six holes to finish with a 75. A native of Columbus, Ga., Kim is tied for 33rd after posting a tied for team-best three birdies.
Junior Alejandra Cangrejo posted a 77 and playing as an individual Irene Jung finished with an 82 on Friday. Cangrejo is tied for 56th, while Jung is tied for 82nd. Leading the individual action is Virginia’s Elizabeth Brightwell with a four-under-par, 68. Vanderbilt’s Rene Sobolewski is second with a 69.
Duke will tee off on Saturday beginning at 8:20 a.m., along with Michigan State and Auburn.