FRANKLIN, Tenn. – The third-ranked Duke women’s golf team continued to move up the leaderboard as the Blue Devils closed the 2013 Mason Rudolph Championship on Sunday at the 6,337-yard, par 72 Vanderbilt Legends North Course in Franklin, Tenn.
After starting the first day with an 18-hole total of 296 that was tied eighth, the Blue Devils carded rounds of 289 and 291 over the final 36 holes to close the weekend with a 54-hole total of 876, which was tied for third overall. UCLA earned the team title with a 14-under-par. 850, while Arizona State (870), Vanderbilt (876), Duke (876), N.C. State (880), North Carolina (881), Auburn (885), Alabama (895), Michigan State (896) and Kentucky (899) rounded out the top 10.
Competing in her first collegiate tournament, freshman Yu Liu turned in a 54-hole ledger of 217 to pace the Blue Devils with a tied ninth placement. Since 1989, Liu became just the 11th Duke freshman to open her career with a top 10 finish. Liu, who is out of Beijing, China, rolled in a birdie on the par five seventh hole, while totaling 17 pars to finish the weekend with a one-under-par, 71.
Senior Alejandra Cangrejo carded a four-over-par, 76, on Sunday on her way to placing tied 18th with a three-day ledger of 219. Cangrejo, a product of Bogota, Colombia, had a slow start to her round on Sunday with a bogey, par, double-bogey and bogey over her first four holes. She regrouped to play the next eight holes at one-under-par with a birdie on the seventh hole. Overall, Cangrejo played her final 14 holes at even par as she suffered a bogey on No. 13.
Totaling a tied for 22nd finish with rounds of 76, 71 and 73 was senior Laetitia Beck. Beck, who is from Caesarea, Israel, Beck registered three bogeys and two birdies on the day, including birdies on No. 9 and No. 18.
Sophomore Celine Boutier rebounded over her final two days to shoot rounds of 73 and 72 on her way to closing tied 41st overall with a 226. A product of Montrouge, France, Boutier held a one-under-par score through 10 holes as she notched nine pars and a birdie on the par five seventh. She ran into trouble on the 11th, 12th and 13th holes as she suffered bogeys on all three. Boutier closed strong with a two-under-par ledger over her final five holes with birdies on No. 15 and No. 17.
Rounding out the Duke lineup was freshman Sandy Choi with rounds of 76, 77 and 75 as she placed tied 46th overall. Playing as an individual, junior Irene Jung tied for 55th with scores of 72, 82 and 76 for a total of 230.
As a team, the Blue Devils led the field with a total of 64 pars and were seven-under-par on the par five holes over the weekend.
Duke will next compete in the Tar Heel Invitational from Oct. 11-13 in Chapel Hill, N.C.