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Celine Boutier is tied eighth overall
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Celine Boutier is tied eighth overall
Blue Devils Open Tied Third at NCAA Championship
Saturday 05/20/2014  -  Duke Sports Information
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TULSA, Okla. – Dealing with extremely high winds on the first day of the NCAA Championship, the third-ranked Duke women’s golf team turned in a 13-over-par, 293, and sits tied third through 18 holes at the 6,174 yards, par 70 Tulsa Country Club in Tulsa, Okla.

The Blue Devils are only five shots off the lead with 54 holes remaining.  Oklahoma opened the championship with an eight-over-par, 288, and leads by three strokes over UCLA (291), while Duke (293), Southern California (293), Arizona State (293), California (296), Arizona (298), Washington (299), Ohio State (299) and Stanford (300) round out the top 10 teams.  

“I am real proud of the team,” commented Duke head coach Dan Brooks.  “I spent the last five minutes just trying to make sure that they were not feeling beaten down and discouraged at all.  It was really hard golf.  I loved this championship level challenge today.  The wind, the golf course.  Even if the wind doesn’t blow like this, we are going to find out who the best team is.”

As a team, Duke remained around the top of the leaderboard for most of the day and made the turn at one-over-par.  The Blue Devils opened the afternoon on hole 10 and were faced with wind gusts over 30 miles per hour most of the round.  Duke went through a tough stretch on the final nine holes where the Blue Devils lost 10 shots on holes 4-8.  As a team, Duke rolled in 11 birdies on the day.

“We were handling this stuff really, really well for the first three quarters of this round,” said Brooks.  “When the wind blows across on our final holes, it got us a little bit but it got everybody a little bit.  All the tournament scoring changed a lot right there towards the end.”

Sophomore Celine Boutier continued her solid play Tuesday by carding an even-par, 70, and is only three shots off the individual lead held by Doris Chen of Southern California (67), Tonje Daffinrud of Denver (67) and Lauren Kim of Stanford (67).  

“Celine is playing such good golf,” said Brooks.  “The shot on six out into the water is not at all like her.  Everybody is capable of making a mistake.  She normally shines when she has a strong wind in her face and a tough shot ahead of her.  Just one got away from her.  That is it.”

Boutier kicked off her day with four birdies over her first eight holes and held the individual lead at four-under-par through eight, following a 35-foot birdie putt on the 155-yard, par three No. 17.  A product of Montrouge, France, Boutier suffered a bogey on No. 18 to drop back into a share of the lead as she made the turn.  

“It’s hard to play in wind, but I think the most difficult part is adjusting your short game,” commented Boutier.  “I think chipping and putting affects me the most when it’s windy. I think I really managed to keep it good so that helped me.”

With a birdie on the 538-yard, par five third hole, Boutier moved back into a share of the lead at four-under where she stayed until the very challenging 161-yard, par three sixth hole.  The ACC Player of the Year hit her tee shot to the right into the water and finished with a triple-bogey, six, to drop her back to one-under-par.  Boutier suffered a bogey on the following hole and then closed with two pars to finish with a 70, which is tied eighth overall.  She totaled a team-best and season-low 25 putts, hit 11 fairways and 10 greens.

Coming off finishing in the top 10 at the ACC Championship and the NCAA East Regional, freshman Sandy Choi turned in a two-over-par, 72, and is tied 13th overall after round one.  She opened her day with back-to-back pars and then carded two straight birdies to move to two-under-par.  Choi suffered a three-putt bogey on No. 5 and closed the first nine with four consecutive pars to make the turn at one-under-par.  On the back nine, Choi had bogeys on No. 1, No. 4, No. 5 and No. 7, before draining a 20-foot birdie putt on the 390-yard, par four eighth hole.  She finished the day with a great up-and-down from off the green.  Choi hit 10 greens, 11 fairways and had 30 putts on the afternoon.  

Freshman Yu Liu carded a five-over-par, 75, Tuesday and is tied 41st with three days remaining.  Liu, who is out of Beijing, China, suffered a bogey on No. 11 and then missed the green off the tee on the 175-yard, par three 14th on her way to suffering a double-bogey to drop to three-over-par.  She went on to play the next eight holes at two-under-par, but finished the day four-over-par over her final five holes.  Liu hit 11 greens, eight fairways and had 34 putts on the day.  

Duke’s two seniors, Laetitia Beck and Alejandra Cangrejo, added rounds of 76 and 79, respectively.  Beck, who is a native of Caesarea, Israel, was held without a birdie on the first day.  She made the turn at five-over-par, 75, but closed the day with a one-over-par, 36.  Beck hit four fairways, 11 greens and had 32 putts in the first round.  Cangrejo totaled one birdie on the ninth hole, while hitting nine fairways, eight greens and rolling in 33 putts.  

Duke will tee off Wednesday in the second round starting at 7:30 a.m., off hole No. 1 along with Mississippi State and Arizona State.
   
“We are going to do exactly what we did today,” said Brooks.  “They stayed tough and they stayed patient.  That is all we can do.”


Notes:

•    Duke won its first NCAA Championship at the Tulsa Country Club in 1999 and has gone on to win a total of five titles (2002, 2005, 2006, 2007).
•    The Blue Devils had eight birdies over their first nine holes and three on the final nine.
•    Celine Boutier totaled her team-best 17th round of even or under par this season.

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Duke Results
- T8 Celine Boutier Duke 70 E
- T13 Sandy Choi Duke 72 +2
- T41 Yu Liu Duke 75 +5
- T54 Laetitia Beck Duke 76 +6
- T91 Alejandra Cangrejo Duke 79 +9

1 Team Scores
1 Oklahoma 288 +8
2 UCLA 291 +11
T3 Southern California 293 +13
T3 Duke 293 +13
T3 Arizona State 293 +13
6 California 296 +16
7 Arizona 298 +18
T8 Washington 299 +19
T8 Ohio State 299 +19
10 Stanford 300 +20
11 South Carolina 301 +21
12 Miss. State 302 +22
T13 Vanderbilt 303 +23
T13 Tulane 303 +23
T13 Virginia 303 +23
T16 Alabama 305 +25
T16 Florida 305 +25
T16 Texas A&M 305 +25
T16 Michigan State 305 +25
T16 Campbell 305 +25
T16 Northwestern 305 +25
22 Iowa State 306 +26
23 NC State 307 +27
24 Kansas 313 +33

Start Finish Player Team Scores
- T1 Lauren Kim Stanford 67 -3
- T1 Tonje Daffinrud * Denver 67 -3
- T1 Doris Chen Southern California 67 -3
- 4 Alexandra Kaui Oklahoma 68 -2
- T5 Allyssa Ferrell Michigan State 69 -1
- T5 Kaylin Yost Campbell 69 -1
- T5 Noemi Jimenez Arizona State 69 -1
- T8 Celine Boutier Duke 70 E
- T8 Anne Tanguay Oklahoma 70 E
- T8 Nicola Roessler California 70 E
- T11 Lauren Diaz-Yi Virginia 71 +1
- T11 Ani Gulugian UCLA 71 +1
- T13 Katja Pogacar Ohio State 72 +2
- T13 Lindsey Weaver Arizona 72 +2
- T13 Emily Penttila Tulane 72 +2
- T13 Suchaya Tangkamolprasert Northwestern 72 +2
- T13 Chonlada Chayanun Iowa State 72 +2
- T13 Louise Ridderstrom UCLA 72 +2
- T13 Kendall Martindale Vanderbilt 72 +2
- T13 Sandy Choi Duke 72 +2
- T13 Chirapat Jao-Javanil Oklahoma 72 +2
- T22 Silvia Garces Tulane 73 +3
- T22 Manon Gidali Arizona 73 +3
- T22 Marijosse Navarro Texas A&M 73 +3
- T22 Ally McDonald Miss. State 73 +3
- T22 Samantha Swinehart South Carolina 73 +3
- T22 Hannah Suh California 73 +3
- T28 Allison Harper Ohio State 74 +4
- T28 Gabriella Wahl * East Tennessee St. 74 +4
- T28 Wad Phaewchimplee * Kent State 74 +4
- T28 Sarah Schober Florida 74 +4
- T28 Minami Levonowich Kansas 74 +4
- T28 Emilie Alonso Arizona State 74 +4
- T28 Karen Chung Southern California 74 +4
- T28 Bronte Law UCLA 74 +4
- T28 Alison Lee UCLA 74 +4
- T28 Carly Childs California 74 +4
- T28 Ying Luo Washington 74 +4
- T28 Charlotte Thomas Washington 74 +4
- T28 Augusta James NC State 74 +4
- T41 Mariah Stackhouse Stanford 75 +5
- T41 Jessica Porvasnik Ohio State 75 +5
- T41 Dana Finkelstein * UNLV 75 +5
- T41 Yu Liu Duke 75 +5
- T41 Simin Feng Vanderbilt 75 +5
- T41 Laura Blanco Arizona State 75 +5
- T41 Annie Park Southern California 75 +5
- T41 Jessica Peng Miss. State 75 +5
- T41 Monica Vaughn Arizona State 75 +5
- T41 Suzie Lee South Carolina 75 +5
- T41 Janie Jackson Alabama 75 +5
- T41 Katelyn Dambaugh South Carolina 75 +5
- T41 Jennifer Yang Washington 75 +5
- T54 Kendall Prince Arizona 76 +6
- T54 Liz Nagel Michigan State 76 +6
- T54 Clariss Guce * CSU-Northridge 76 +6
- T54 Carmen Vidau Iowa State 76 +6
- T54 Elcin Ulu Florida 76 +6
- T54 Portland Rosen Virginia 76 +6
- T54 Camilla Hedberg Florida 76 +6
- T54 Thanuttra Boonraksasat Kansas 76 +6
- T54 Elizabeth Szokol Northwestern 76 +6
- T54 Mary Langdon Gallagher Miss. State 76 +6
- T54 Laetitia Beck Duke 76 +6
- T54 Irina Gabasa Vanderbilt 76 +6
- T54 Erynne Lee UCLA 76 +6
- T54 Rachael Taylor NC State 76 +6
- T54 SooBin Kim Washington 76 +6
- T54 Stephanie Meadow Alabama 76 +6
- T70 Natalie Reeves Texas A&M 77 +7
- T70 Wanasa Zhou Arizona 77 +7
- T70 Katerina Ruzickova Texas A&M 77 +7
- T70 Kacie Komoto Northwestern 77 +7
- T70 Cajsa Persson Iowa State 77 +7
- T70 Lauren Coughlin Virginia 77 +7
- T70 Kyung Kim Southern California 77 +7
- T70 Mia Landegren Alabama 77 +7
- T70 Emma Talley Alabama 77 +7
- T79 Jessica Vasilic Arizona 78 +8
- T79 Claudia Lim Ohio State 78 +8
- T79 Madison Opfer Tulane 78 +8
- T79 Chelsea Mocio Texas A&M 78 +8
- T79 Kelly Grassel Michigan State 78 +8
- T79 Louise Latorre Campbell 78 +8
- T79 Lisbeth Brooks Campbell 78 +8
- T79 Rica Tse Miss. State 78 +8
- T79 Kaitlyn Rohrback Oklahoma 78 +8
- T79 Emily Collins Oklahoma 78 +8
- T79 Sarah Schmelzel South Carolina 78 +8
- T79 Lindsay McGetrick NC State 78 +8
- T91 Mariko Tumangan Stanford 79 +9
- T91 Casey Danielson Stanford 79 +9
- T91 Hayley Davis * Baylor 79 +9
- T91 Briana Mao Virginia 79 +9
- T91 Karolina Vlckova Florida 79 +9
- T91 Maria Torres Florida 79 +9
- T91 Sophia Popov Southern California 79 +9
- T91 Alejandra Cangrejo Duke 79 +9
- T91 Cammie Gray Alabama 79 +9
- T91 Lucia Gutierrez California 79 +9
- T91 Brittany Marchand NC State 79 +9
- T102 Andrea Jonama Texas A&M 80 +10
- T102 Gemma Dryburgh Tulane 80 +10
- T102 Meghan Potee Kansas 80 +10
- T102 Nadine White Campbell 80 +10
- T102 Hana Lee Northwestern 80 +10
- T102 Antonia Scherer Vanderbilt 80 +10
- T102 Ji Eun Baik Miss. State 80 +10
- T102 Kelli Bowers Washington 80 +10
- T102 Justine Dreher South Carolina 80 +10
- T111 Belen Goicoechea Tulane 81 +11
- T111 Zoe-Beth Brake Ohio State 81 +11
- T111 Sasikarn On-Iam Iowa State 81 +11
- T111 Prima Thammaraks Iowa State 81 +11
- T111 Jenny Hahn Vanderbilt 81 +11
- T116 Marissa Mar Stanford 82 +12
- T116 Christine Meier Michigan State 82 +12
- T116 Elizabeth Brightwell Virginia 82 +12
- T116 Justine Lee Arizona State 82 +12
- T116 JoEe Kok California 82 +12
- T116 Ana Menendez NC State 82 +12
- T122 Gabby Yurik Michigan State 83 +13
- T122 Yupaporn Kawinpakorn Kansas 83 +13
- T122 Tahnia Ravnjak Campbell 83 +13
- 125 Kaitlin Park Northwestern 86 +16
- 126 Pornvipa Sakdee Kansas 89 +19


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