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Freshman Celine Boutier
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Freshman Celine Boutier
Blue Devils Open in Third at NCAA Championship
Wednesday 05/21/2013  -  Duke Sports Information
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ATHENS, Ga. – The third-ranked and top-seeded Duke women’s golf team carded a two-under-par, 286, on Tuesday in the opening round of the NCAA Championship and sit only two shots off the lead with 54 holes of golf remaining at the 6,372-yard, par 72 University of Georgia Golf Course in Athens, Ga.

San Jose State opened the morning wave with a four-under-par, 284, and took the outright lead before Southern California closed the afternoon session with a 284 as well to finish the day tied following 18 holes.  The Blue Devils carded 11 birdies and sit two shots behind the team leaders with three days of action left.  Alabama (288), UCLA (289), Purdue (289), Stanford (290), Oklahoma (291), Arizona State (293) and Tulane (295) rounded out the top 10.  

“I thought we played well; we played smart,” commented Duke head coach Dan Brooks.  “We missed a few putts that we needed to fall but overall our team did what they needed to do. We just need to stay focused and remain a team and the rest will play itself out. The golf has been what we expected since the preview but the greens, fairways, and roughs all have played a little softer due to all the rain the course has gotten.”

Leading the way for the Blue Devils was freshman Celine Boutier, who carded a career-best three-under-par, 69, and is tied for second overall on the individual leaderboard.  A native of Montrouge, France, Boutier is two shots off the individual leader, Regan De Guzman of San Jose State, who fired a five-under-par, 67, in the morning.  Boutier is tied for Alabama’s Stephanie Meadow at three-under-par.

“The course is in great shape and playing in the preview has really helped me gauge the course,” commented Boutier.  “The weather is much warmer now so I have had to adjust to that. It’s always good to start off with a good score in the first round so I am happy about that. I saved a lot of pars today and made three birdies which helped me a lot this round.”  

Boutier turned in a bogey-free round on Tuesday as she went off first for the Blue Devils at 12:03 p.m.  She opened her day draining two key par putts of 15 feet each, before rolling in the first birdie of the afternoon for Duke on the 356-yard, par four sixth hole.  She then carded birdies of approximately 15 feet  and 22 feet on No. 12 and No. 13, respectively.  Boutier finished the day hitting 14 greens, 14 fairways and rolling in 29 putts.  

Coming off notching a four-under-par, 68, in the final round at the NCAA Central Regional, junior Laetitia Beck fired a one-under-par, 71, on Tuesday and is tied for sixth overall.  Beck, who is out of Caesarea, Israel, collected pars on the first 10 holes to open the day before sticking an approach to within three feet on the 356-yard, par four 11th hole for birdie.  She made a great up-and-down on No. 13, before suffering a bogey on the 14th.  Beck responded with a six-foot birdie putt on No. 15, bogied No. 16 and had a tap-in birdie on the 488-yard, par five 18th.  She had only 85 yards to the pin, used her 56-degree wedge to hit the ball past the hole, before spinning back and almost in the cup.  Beck notched 13 greens, 12 fairways and had 30 putts on the day.

“I finally hit my tee shots well and hit 12 fairways, which is really good for me,” commented Beck.  “I missed only a few greens and that is why I made a lot of pars and a few birdies.  Overall, it was a good round.  Especially after last year I didn’t really do anything for the team.  I am happy I was able to help us get near the top of the leaderboard.”

Looking to claim a third straight top 10 finish in the NCAA Championship, senior Lindy Duncan had a slow start to the day before closing strong with an even-par, 72.  She is tied for 20th heading into Wednesday’s play.  Duncan started slow with bogeys on No. 1 and No. 3, but regrouped and played the final 15 holes at two-under-par.  She carded birdies on the fifth and ninth holes, followed by nine straight pars to finish.  Duncan, a native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., notched a team-best 15 greens in regulation, nine fairways and had 32 putts.  

Playing her first competitive round since firing a career-best five-under-par, 67, in the final day of the NCAA Central Regional, senior Courtney Ellenbogen turned in a two-over-par, 74, on Tuesday.  The product of Blacksburg, Va., suffered a bogey on No. 3, but sank a 15-foot birdie on No. 5 to get back to even par.  After hitting her approach in the bunker on No. 6, Ellenbogen suffered a double-bogey as her bogey putt lipped out.  She came right back with her second birdie of the day on the 473-yard, par five seventh as she connected on a 16-foot birdie to move to one-over-par.  She had 10 pars and a bogey on No. 1 to finish out her round, which included a key 12-foot par putt on No. 13.  Ellenbogen hit 12 fairways, 12 greens and had 30 putts on the day.  

Junior Alejandra Cangrejo couldn’t get it going on Tuesday in the opening round as she struggled with a five-over-par, 77, but closed strong with a six-foot birdie putt on the par five 18th.  Cangrejo, who is out of Bogota, Colombia, played her final five holes at one-under-par.  She hit 10 greens, eight fairways and had 33 putts on the afternoon.

Duke will begin teeing off in the second round on Wednesday at 7:30 a.m., off hole No. 10 along with Alabama and Southern California.  

Notes:
•    Celine Boutier had previous career-best rounds of 70 at the NCAA Central Regional in the first round and at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate.  
•    The first round of 286 by the Blue Devils is the best opening round for Duke since 1998.  Duke finished fourth overall in 1998, after shooting rounds of 285, 298, 297, 299.
•    Boutier’s round of 69 is only the 11th round in the 60s for Duke golfers in the NCAA Championship and the first since 2008 (Amanda Blumenherst, 68).  

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Duke Results
- T2 Celine Boutier Duke 69 -3
- T6 Laetitia Beck Duke 71 -1
- T20 Lindy Duncan Duke 72 E
- T46 Courtney Ellenbogen Duke 74 +2
- T89 Alejandra Cangrejo Duke 77 +5

1 Team Scores
T1 Southern California 284 -4
T1 San Jose State 284 -4
3 Duke 286 -2
4 Alabama 288 E
T5 UCLA 289 +1
T5 Purdue 289 +1
7 Stanford 290 +2
8 Oklahoma 291 +3
9 Arizona State 293 +5
10 Tulane 295 +7
11 Arkansas 296 +8
T12 Michigan State 298 +10
T12 Arizona 298 +10
T12 Northwestern 298 +10
T15 Texas 299 +11
T15 UC Davis 299 +11
T15 Florida 299 +11
T15 Vanderbilt 299 +11
19 Miss. State 300 +12
T20 Wisconsin 301 +13
T20 Oregon 301 +13
22 Oklahoma State 303 +15
23 South Carolina 304 +16
24 Auburn 305 +17

Start Finish Player Team Scores
- 1 Regan De Guzman San Jose State 67 -5
- T2 Celine Boutier Duke 69 -3
- T2 Stephanie Meadow Alabama 69 -3
- T4 Ally McDonald Miss. State 70 -2
- T4 Annie Park Southern California 70 -2
- T6 Mariko Tumangan Stanford 71 -1
- T6 Erynne Lee UCLA 71 -1
- T6 Lauren Kim Stanford 71 -1
- T6 Suchaya Tangkamolprasert Northwestern 71 -1
- T6 Sophia Popov Southern California 71 -1
- T6 Laetitia Beck Duke 71 -1
- T6 Rachel Morris Southern California 71 -1
- T6 Emma Talley Alabama 71 -1
- T6 Jenny Hahn Vanderbilt 71 -1
- T6 Taylor Schmidt Oklahoma 71 -1
- T6 Gemma Dryburgh Tulane 71 -1
- T6 Paula Reto Purdue 71 -1
- T6 Emily Collins Oklahoma 71 -1
- T6 Aurora Kan Purdue 71 -1
- T20 Louise Ridderstrom UCLA 72 E
- T20 Justine Lee Arizona State 72 E
- T20 Mariah Stackhouse Stanford 72 E
- T20 Ying Luo * Washington 72 E
- T20 Erica Popson * Tennessee 72 E
- T20 Kathleen Rojas San Jose State 72 E
- T20 Andrea Vilarasau Arizona 72 E
- T20 Rachelle Reali San Jose State 72 E
- T20 Christine Meier Michigan State 72 E
- T20 Diana Fernandez Auburn 72 E
- T20 Doris Chen Southern California 72 E
- T20 Lindy Duncan Duke 72 E
- T20 Laura Gonzalez Purdue 72 E
- T33 Bertine Strauss Texas 73 +1
- T33 Kimberly Dinh Wisconsin 73 +1
- T33 Lee Lopez UCLA 73 +1
- T33 Tiffany Lua UCLA 73 +1
- T33 Noemi Jimenez Arizona State 73 +1
- T33 Jennifer Brumbaugh San Jose State 73 +1
- T33 Manon Gidali Arizona 73 +1
- T33 Betty Chen UC Davis 73 +1
- T33 Hana Lee Northwestern 73 +1
- T33 Emma Lavy Arkansas 73 +1
- T33 Jennifer Kirby Alabama 73 +1
- T33 Camilla Hedberg Florida 73 +1
- T33 Mia Piccio Florida 73 +1
- T46 Haley Stephens Texas 74 +2
- T46 Daniela Ordonez Arizona State 74 +2
- T46 Caroline Inglis Oregon 74 +2
- T46 Laura Blanco Arizona State 74 +2
- T46 Allyssa Ferrell Michigan State 74 +2
- T46 Carlie Yadloczky Auburn 74 +2
- T46 Kendall Prince Arizona 74 +2
- T46 Demi Runas UC Davis 74 +2
- T46 Victoria Vela Arkansas 74 +2
- T46 Irina Gabasa Vanderbilt 74 +2
- T46 Courtney Ellenbogen Duke 74 +2
- T46 Gabriela Lopez Arkansas 74 +2
- T46 Kyung Kim Southern California 74 +2
- T46 Silvia Garces Tulane 74 +2
- T46 Kaitlyn Rohrback Oklahoma 74 +2
- T46 Julie Yang Oklahoma State 74 +2
- T46 Madison Opfer Tulane 74 +2
- T46 Suzie Lee South Carolina 74 +2
- T64 Desiree Dubreuil Texas 75 +3
- T64 Kris Yoo Wisconsin 75 +3
- T64 Cassy Isagawa Oregon 75 +3
- T64 Emilie Burger * Georgia 75 +3
- T64 Amy Simanton UC Davis 75 +3
- T64 Kaitlin Park Northwestern 75 +3
- T64 Daniela Lendl Alabama 75 +3
- T64 Emily Tubert Arkansas 75 +3
- T64 Kishi Sinha Purdue 75 +3
- T64 Jayde Panos Oklahoma State 75 +3
- T64 Chirapat Jao-Javanil Oklahoma 75 +3
- T64 AC Tanguay Oklahoma 75 +3
- T76 Aaren Ziegler Wisconsin 76 +4
- T76 Cali Hipp Oregon 76 +4
- T76 Avery Sills Oregon 76 +4
- T76 Sally Watson Stanford 76 +4
- T76 Kelly Shon * Princeton 76 +4
- T76 Trisha Witherby Michigan State 76 +4
- T76 Caroline Powers Michigan State 76 +4
- T76 Elena Warren Miss. State 76 +4
- T76 Rica Tse Miss. State 76 +4
- T76 Sarah Schmelzel South Carolina 76 +4
- T76 Ursa Orehek Florida 76 +4
- T76 Kelsey Vines Oklahoma State 76 +4
- T76 Maribel Lopez Porras Tulane 76 +4
- T89 Alexis Nelson Wisconsin 77 +5
- T89 Ani Gulugian UCLA 77 +5
- T89 Katelyn Sepmoree Texas 77 +5
- T89 Madison Pressel Texas 77 +5
- T89 Bev Vatananugulkit UC Davis 77 +5
- T89 Andrea Wong UC Davis 77 +5
- T89 Regina Plasencia Arkansas 77 +5
- T89 Hannah Collier Alabama 77 +5
- T89 Lauren Stratton Vanderbilt 77 +5
- T89 Kendall Martindale Vanderbilt 77 +5
- T89 Alejandra Cangrejo Duke 77 +5
- T89 Mary Fran Hillow South Carolina 77 +5
- T89 Justine Dreher South Carolina 77 +5
- T89 Elcin Ulu Florida 77 +5
- T103 Liz Nagel Michigan State 78 +6
- T103 Mary L. Gallagher Miss. State 78 +6
- T103 Lauren Falley Oklahoma State 78 +6
- T103 Josephine Janson Oklahoma State 78 +6
- T103 Emily Penttila Tulane 78 +6
- T108 Hanule Sky Seo Oregon 79 +7
- T108 Lindsay Danielson Wisconsin 79 +7
- T108 Jennifer Ha * Kent State 79 +7
- T108 Olafia Kristinsdottir * Wake Forest 79 +7
- T108 Lauren Weaver Northwestern 79 +7
- T108 Patricia Garcia Arizona 79 +7
- T108 Marta Sanz Auburn 79 +7
- T108 Meredith Swanson South Carolina 79 +7
- T116 Victoria Trapani Auburn 80 +8
- T116 Megan Osland San Jose State 80 +8
- T116 Janie Jackson Arizona 80 +8
- T116 Anna Young Florida 80 +8
- T116 Margaux Vanmol Purdue 80 +8
- T121 Emilie Alonso Arizona State 81 +9
- T121 Jamie Yun Auburn 81 +9
- T123 Elizabeth Szokol Northwestern 82 +10
- T123 Gabi Oubre Miss. State 82 +10
- 125 Danielle Frasier Stanford 84 +12
- 126 Rene Sobolewski Vanderbilt 85 +13


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