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2013 Central Region Champs
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
2013 Central Region Champs
Women's Golf Claims NCAA Central Region Title
Sunday 05/11/2013  -  Duke Sports Information
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NORMAN, Okla. – For the eighth time in school history and the first time since the 2007 campaign, the Duke women’s golf team claimed a NCAA Regional Championship as the top-seeded and third-ranked Blue Devils carded a final round 12-under-par, 276, to win the Central Regional by six strokes at the 6,298-Yard, Par 72 Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club in Norman, Okla.

“It feels great,” commented Brooks on being the 2013 Central Region champions. “Particularly with the way we came in. Alejandra sticks it on the 18th hole, Courtney comes in at five-under. She has been out of the lineup most of the year. It is great to have her doing that. She is getting on a plane and flying to graduation right now. So she got to send herself into the ceremony feeling very good. I am super happy.”

Duke registered a 54-hole total of 851 with rounds of 284, 291 and 276 to overtake host Oklahoma (857).  The Sooners held a six-stroke lead heading into the final round, but Oklahoma shot even-par (288) to Duke’s 12-under-par (276) on the final day.  The Blue Devils carded a season-best three-day total of 851, which was the second-lowest regional output in school history.  The 12-under-par, 276, was the second-lowest 18-hole total in school history on a par 72 course.

“Every season is a different thing and we just keep going after it,” said Brooks. “It took us a while to get a win this year. A lot of times you are doing great things but not quite winning. This spring we had a lot of thirds, runner-ups but just not quite getting the big trophy. I feel great about this year.”

The Blue Devils advanced to the NCAA Championship for the 25th time in school history and the 18th time out of the last 19 years.  Rounding out the teams advancing the NCAA Championship were Oklahoma (857), Mississippi State (872), Florida (877), Arizona State (878), UC Davis (880), Wisconsin (883) and Michigan State (884).  

“We talked this morning about just being patient,” said Brooks. “I think Oklahoma is a very good team and I didn’t think they were going to give us a whole lot. If we were going to win this, we needed to just plug along, not try to do spectacular things and just sort of wear them down a little bit. We actually ended up doing more spectacular things than I expected. It was really a great finish.”

Duke got off to a great start on Saturday with five birdies over the first three holes to move into the lead.  The Blue Devils and Sooners traded the lead for the next few holes, but by the back nine Duke took control of the leaderboard and never looked back.  Duke registered 20 birdies on the day led by senior Courtney Ellenbogen with a season-high six, Alejandra Cangrejo with five and Laetitia Beck with five.

The Blue Devils finished the 54 holes with three golfers in the top 10 – Cangrejo (T-2nd), Lindy Duncan (5th) and Ellenbogen (9th).  Duke received key final round outputs from Ellenbogen with a career-best five-under-par, 67, and Beck with a four-under-par, 68.  

Cangrejo, who is out of Bogota, Colombia, finished the three days with a career-best ledger of 211, after carding rounds of 72, 69 and 70.  It marked the first time in her career that she has posted three straight rounds of even or under par.  Her tied for second place finish was a season best as well.  Cangrejo collected 12 birdies over her final two days of play.

“It just feels great,” said Cangrejo.  “Winning any tournament is a great feeling and for us to be able to come back from a six shot deficit is just amazing.  I played really well, but my team did a great job.  It is a really good feeling to know we all played great.”

On Saturday, she opened with birdies on No. 1 and No. 5 to move to two-under-par, while collecting a key sand save on the 161-yard, par three second hole.  She suffered a bogey on No. 7 and made a great approach from in the trees on the eighth hole to finish with a par.  Cangrejo played the back nine at one-under-par with three birdies, including sticking her approach on the 545-yard, par five 18th to within a couple of feet for birdie.  She hit 13 greens, nine fairways and had 28 putts on the day.

Taking the individual title was Ally McDonald of Mississippi State with a 10-under-par, 206.  Emily Collins and AC Tanguay tied for second along with Cangrejo.  

Turning in her 20th career top five finish was Duncan, who is a senior from Fort Lauderdale, Fla.  She posted rounds of 69, 72 and 71 for a total of 212 as she finished three-under-par.  Duncan registered a tap-in birdie on the short third hole, but hit her approach shot short on No. 4 and ended up with a bogey to drop back to even par.  That did not sideline the reigning National Player of the Year as Duncan stuck her approach into the 531-yard, par five fifth hole to within two feet and made her second birdie of the day.

Duncan suffered another bogey on the seventh hole as her approach came up short once again, but went on to play her final 11 holes at one-under-par.  She totaled 10 pars and rolled in a seven-foot birdie on No. 10.  On the day, Duncan hit a team-best 15 greens, 10 fairways and had 31 putts.  

Collecting her first top 10 finish since her freshman campaign, Ellenbogen played some of the best golf of her career in the final round.  She notched six birdies and totaled only the second round in the 60s of her career.  The previous time came as a freshman in the NCAA Championship, where she finished as the top Duke golfer (tied 18th).  Her 54-hole total of 215 was a career-best ledger as she finished tied for eighth overall.

“It was really nice, especially on the last day of the tournament,” said Ellenbogen.  “I knew that we were going to have to go pretty low because Oklahoma has been playing really well. I was able to stick a lot of shots and make putts.  It was just a smooth round all the way around.”

Ellenbogen, who is a product of Blacksburg, Va., started fast with back-to-back birdies on the second and third holes.  She failed to get up and down on No. 4 and finished with her only bogey of the day, but she came back strong to play the final 14 holes at four-under-par.  Ellenbogen drained a birdie putt from just on the fringe on No. 8, sank a 15-footer for birdie on No. 10, stuck her approach to within three feet for birdie on No. 13 and rolled in a 25-foot birdie putt on the 172-yard, par three 15th.  

“My swing has felt really good all year and it has continuing to improve the last month,” said Ellenbogen.  “It was nice to finally have it all come together in one round.  I was hitting it really well at ACCs, but I couldn’t my putting to go.  It was nice to put both the putting and hitting together.”

On the day, she hit 13 greens, had a season-best 26 putts and hit nine fairways.  From holes 10-14, Ellenbogen hit her approach shots to inside 15 feet each time and had three up-and-downs on the day.  

After turning in rounds of 74 and 78 the first two days, Beck came alive on Saturday by turning in her second-best round of the season with a four-under-par, 68.  A native of Caesarea, Israel, Beck rolled in a 20-foot putt to start the day with a birdie and then made seven straight pars.  After hitting the fairway bunker off the tee, Beck suffered her only bogey of the day on the 358-yard, par four ninth.  She was on fire on the back nine as she notched three birdies on her first four holes to move to three-under-par.  Beck stuck all three approach shots to under five feet on her way to sinking the putts for birdie.  

She hit another iron into the 16th green and stuck it to within two feet and registered her fifth birdie.  Beck closed with two pars to finish with a 68.  She hit 14 greens, had 28 putts and hit 10 fairways on the day.  Beck went from being tied for 66th after round two, to finishing tied for 26th with a three-day total of 220.

Following a two-under-par, 70, in round one, freshman Celine Boutier added rounds of 75 and 76 the final two days to place tied for 30th with a 221.  Boutier, who is from Montrouge, France, totaled one birdie in the final round on the 11th hole, while posting five bogeys.  She hit 13 fairways, nine greens and had 31 putts in the round.

Duke will next compete in the NCAA Championship in Athens, Ga., from May 21-24 at the University of Georgia Golf Course.  

Notes:
•    The lowest 54-hole total in Duke history at a regional was 844 in Baton Rouge, La., when the Blue Devils won their last regional title in the East in 2007.
•    The 851 ledger ties for the fourth-lowest 54-hole total in school history.  
•    Duke posted its first Central Region title in school history, after winning seven East Region titles over the years (2007, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1996).
•    Courtney Ellenbogen’s previous best finish in a NCAA Regional was tied for 29th last year at Penn State.  
•    Lindy Duncan has placed in the top 13 of all four of her regional appearances.
•    Duncan now owns 31 career top 10 finishes, which is now sole possession of second place on Duke’s career list.  She owns 38 top 10 finishes and 68 even or under par rounds over her four years.  
•    With the victory, head coach Dan Brooks now owns 114 career victories at Duke.  

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Duke Results
T3 T2 Alejandra Cangrejo Duke 72 69 70 211 -5
T3 5 Lindy Duncan Duke 69 72 71 212 -4
T30 T8 Courtney Ellenbogen Duke 73 75 67 215 -1
T66 T26 Laetitia Beck Duke 74 78 68 220 +4
T10 T30 Celine Boutier Duke 70 75 76 221 +5

1 2 3 Team Scores
3 2 1 Duke 284 291 276 851 -13
2 1 2 Oklahoma 283 286 288 857 -7
T7 T6 3 Mississippi State 292 299 281 872 +8
1 3 4 Florida 282 307 288 877 +13
T7 T4 5 Arizona State 292 298 288 878 +14
T5 T6 6 UC Davis 291 300 289 880 +16
T7 12 7 Wisconsin 292 303 288 883 +19
T5 T9 8 Michigan State 291 301 292 884 +20
T12 T9 9 NC State 294 298 293 885 +21
T12 T15 10 Washington 294 307 285 886 +22
T15 T6 11 Texas Tech 296 295 297 888 +24
11 T4 12 Coastal Carolina 293 297 299 889 +25
T15 13 13 SMU 296 302 300 898 +34
17 14 14 Wake Forest 299 301 301 901 +37
4 11 15 TCU 290 303 309 902 +38
T12 T15 16 Iowa State 294 307 302 903 +39
20 18 17 UTSA 302 303 299 904 +40
T7 T15 18 Indiana 292 309 310 911 +47
T21 20 19 Gonzaga 303 309 307 919 +55
T18 19 20 Campbell 301 310 311 922 +58
T21 22 21 Lamar 303 321 302 926 +62
T18 21 22 Illinois State 301 318 327 946 +82
23 23 T23 Butler 305 326 321 952 +88
24 24 T23 Detroit 312 323 317 952 +88

Start Finish Player Team Scores
2 1 Ally McDonald Mississippi State 69 69 68 206 -10
T3 T2 AC Tanguay Oklahoma 71 70 70 211 -5
1 T2 Emily Collins Oklahoma 67 70 74 211 -5
T3 T2 Alejandra Cangrejo Duke 72 69 70 211 -5
T3 5 Lindy Duncan Duke 69 72 71 212 -4
6 6 Chirapat Jao-Javanil Oklahoma 72 70 71 213 -3
T10 7 Mia Piccio Florida 69 76 69 214 -2
T30 T8 Courtney Ellenbogen Duke 73 75 67 215 -1
T24 T8 Ying Luo Washington 73 74 68 215 -1
T16 T8 Olafia Kristinsdottir Wake Forest 72 74 69 215 -1
T66 T11 Kris Yoo Wisconsin 72 80 65 217 +1
T39 T11 Liz Nagel Michigan State 72 77 68 217 +1
T30 T11 Betty Chen UC Davis 73 75 69 217 +1
T7 T11 Lori Beth Adams * UNC Wilmington 69 75 73 217 +1
T16 T11 SooBin Kim Washington 71 75 71 217 +1
T16 T16 Demi Runas UC Davis 76 70 72 218 +2
T10 T16 Julia Roth * Central Arkansas 70 75 73 218 +2
T16 T16 Jenny Haglund SMU 73 73 72 218 +2
T24 T19 Paige Spiranac * San Diego State 72 75 72 219 +3
T16 T19 Elcin Ulu Florida 68 78 73 219 +3
T24 T19 Kimberly Kaufman Texas Tech 74 73 72 219 +3
T39 T19 Justine Lee Arizona State 75 74 70 219 +3
T10 T19 Gabriella Dominguez Texas Tech 73 72 74 219 +3
T7 T19 Brittany Henderson Coastal Carolina 69 75 75 219 +3
T24 T19 Teresa Urquizu Campbell 74 73 72 219 +3
T54 T26 Ana Menendez NC State 76 74 70 220 +4
T10 T26 Caroline Powers Michigan State 73 72 75 220 +4
T66 T26 Laetitia Beck Duke 74 78 68 220 +4
T7 T26 Elizabeth Tong Indiana 70 74 76 220 +4
T66 T30 Rica Tse Mississippi State 76 76 69 221 +5
T30 T30 Mary L. Gallagher Mississippi State 76 72 73 221 +5
T10 T30 Celine Boutier Duke 70 75 76 221 +5
T16 T30 Jessica Alexander Coastal Carolina 71 75 75 221 +5
T30 T30 Paola Valerio UTSA 76 72 73 221 +5
T39 T35 Aaren Ziegler Wisconsin 76 73 73 222 +6
T30 T35 Andrea Wong UC Davis 73 75 74 222 +6
T16 T35 Augusta James NC State 72 74 76 222 +6
T76 T35 Fanny Cnops * UNCG 74 79 69 222 +6
T54 T35 Christine Wong * San Diego State 74 76 72 222 +6
T54 T35 Noemi Jimenez Arizona State 70 80 72 222 +6
T39 T35 Ursa Orehek Florida 71 78 73 222 +6
T39 T42 Bev Vatananugulkit UC Davis 69 80 74 223 +7
T30 T42 Christine Meier Michigan State 74 74 75 223 +7
T39 T42 Kimberly Dinh Wisconsin 73 76 74 223 +7
T61 T42 Dani Ordonez Arizona State 77 74 72 223 +7
T39 T42 Kaitlyn Rohrback Oklahoma 73 76 74 223 +7
T39 T42 Frida Castillo Coastal Carolina 77 72 74 223 +7
T39 T42 Chonlada Chayanun Iowa State 73 76 74 223 +7
T82 T42 Julie Aime Lamar 75 79 69 223 +7
T61 T50 Vivian Tsui NC State 71 80 73 224 +8
T39 T50 Kortnie Maxoutopoulis TCU 76 73 75 224 +8
T16 T50 April McCoy TCU 72 74 78 224 +8
T54 T50 Laura Blanco Arizona State 76 74 74 224 +8
T24 T50 Beverly Mendoza Texas Tech 74 73 77 224 +8
T24 T50 Emilie Alonso Arizona State 71 76 77 224 +8
T39 T50 Marissa Dodd Wake Forest 78 71 75 224 +8
T82 T57 Elena Warren Mississippi State 71 83 71 225 +9
T39 T57 Lindsay Danielson Wisconsin 71 78 76 225 +9
T61 T57 Emma Henrikson * San Diego State 71 80 74 225 +9
T82 T57 Charlotte Thomas Washington 76 78 71 225 +9
T39 T57 Rachel Powers Illinois State 74 75 76 225 +9
T76 T62 Anna Young Florida 78 75 73 226 +10
T61 T62 Lena Schaeffner Coastal Carolina 76 75 75 226 +10
T66 T62 Elin Arvidsson Texas Tech 75 77 74 226 +10
T82 T62 Taylor Newlin UTSA 74 80 72 226 +10
T82 T62 Alice Kim Gonzaga 76 78 72 226 +10
T39 T62 Jenna Peters Butler 71 78 77 226 +10
T30 T68 Brittany Marchand NC State 75 73 79 227 +11
T82 T68 Taylor Schmidt Oklahoma 78 76 73 227 +11
T66 T68 Sasikarn On-Iam Iowa State 76 76 75 227 +11
T30 T68 P. Phuntumabamrung Iowa State 71 77 79 227 +11
T76 T68 Christina Thorne Detroit 76 77 74 227 +11
T54 T73 Allyssa Ferrell Michigan State 72 78 78 228 +12
T30 T73 Alexandra Bonetti TCU 71 77 80 228 +12
T66 T73 Camilla Hedberg Florida 74 78 76 228 +12
T82 T73 Prima Thammaraks Iowa State 75 79 74 228 +12
T39 T73 Fabiola Arriaga UTSA 74 75 79 228 +12
T82 T78 Jennifer Yang Washington 74 80 75 229 +13
T54 T78 Alexandra Rossi SMU 75 75 79 229 +13
T10 T78 Jennifer Park SMU 71 74 84 229 +13
T54 T78 Raychelle Santos Gonzaga 73 77 79 229 +13
T66 T82 Sanna Nuutinen TCU 73 79 78 230 +14
T61 T82 Marissa Decola Indiana 75 76 79 230 +14
T82 T82 Katelyn McDougal Lamar 75 79 76 230 +14
T82 T85 Alexis Nelson Wisconsin 78 76 77 231 +15
T76 T85 Maria Maymon TCU 74 79 78 231 +15
119 T85 Felicia Espericueta SMU 80 82 69 231 +15
T97 T85 Brogan Townend UTSA 78 78 75 231 +15
T76 T89 Cajsa Persson Iowa State 75 78 79 232 +16
T82 T89 Rosie Davies Indiana 74 80 78 232 +16
T66 T89 Kristen Schelling Indiana 73 79 80 232 +16
T76 T89 Victoria Fallgren Gonzaga 76 77 79 232 +16
T104 T93 Gabi Oubre Mississippi State 76 82 75 233 +17
T109 T93 Trisha Witherby Michigan State 75 84 74 233 +17
T97 T93 Cyd Okino Washington 76 80 77 233 +17
T97 T93 Allison Emrey Wake Forest 74 82 77 233 +17
T93 T93 Han Wu Gonzaga 78 77 78 233 +17
T93 T93 Tahnia Ravnjak Campbell 75 80 78 233 +17
T115 T99 Rachael Taylor NC State 83 77 74 234 +18
T66 T99 Katie Jean Illinois State 76 76 82 234 +18
T104 T101 Amy Simanton UC Davis 76 82 77 235 +19
T93 T101 Mariana Sims Wake Forest 75 80 80 235 +19
T101 T103 Marissa Hinchman Coastal Carolina 78 79 79 236 +20
T93 T103 Greta Lange Wake Forest 79 76 81 236 +20
T104 T103 Genavive Dodge Gonzaga 79 79 78 236 +20
T101 T103 Kaylin Yost Campbell 76 81 79 236 +20
T97 T103 Nghi Ngo Lamar 74 82 80 236 +20
T101 T108 Maria Elena Villamil SMU 77 80 80 237 +21
T115 T108 Taylor Stockton Lamar 79 81 77 237 +21
T104 T108 Olivia Richards Detroit 77 81 79 237 +21
T104 T111 Hannah Arnold Texas Tech 77 81 81 239 +23
T115 T111 Allie Johnston UTSA 82 78 79 239 +23
T109 T111 Isabella Lambert Butler 79 80 80 239 +23
120 114 Kate Coons Indiana 83 80 77 240 +24
T109 T115 Brooke Bellomy Campbell 77 82 82 241 +25
T109 T115 Lindsey Lammers Detroit 79 80 82 241 +25
T109 117 Hayley Guyton Illinois State 76 83 83 242 +26
121 T118 Julia Porter Butler 79 85 80 244 +28
T115 T118 Alexandra Arends Butler 76 84 84 244 +28
T109 120 Jordyn Wyzgowski Illinois State 75 84 86 245 +29
122 121 Allison Sears Detroit 80 86 82 248 +32
T123 122 Carlee Cossell Illinois State 84 86 86 256 +40
T123 123 Ali Restaino Butler 86 84 87 257 +41
T123 124 Collette Hansen Detroit 85 85 89 259 +43
126 125 Lauren Van Gerven Lamar 88 88 84 260 +44
T66 - Lisbeth Brooks Campbell 76 76 D - -
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