HILTON HEAD, S.C.-- Battling very challenging pin positions on Saturday in the second round, the third-ranked Duke women’s golf team maintained its lead at the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate as the Blue Devils hold an eight-stroke lead heading into the final day of play at the 6,142-yard, Par 71 Long Cove Club in Hilton Head, S.C.
Duke carded a second round score of 291 and holds a 36-hole ledger of 575 to lead Vanderbilt (583), South Carolina (590), North Carolina (592), LSU (593), Oklahoma (594), Arkansas (597), Virginia (599), Alabama (599) and Stanford (600) rounding out the top 10.
Blue Devil sophomore Celine Boutier registered an even-par, 71, on Saturday and is tied second overall only one shot off individual leader Stephanie Meadow (139) of Alabama. Boutier, who is out of Montrouge, France, owns a two-day ledger of 140 after totaling two birdies, two bogeys and 14 pars. She opened the day with birdies on No. 4 and No. 8, before closing with bogeys on No. 9 and No. 14 to finish at even par. Boutier hit 12 fairways, 12 greens and had 32 putts.
Freshman Yu Liu turned in a one-over-par, 72, and is fourth with a 141. Liu, a product of Beijing, China, turned in a team-best five birdies on the day and held a two-under-par score through 12 holes. On hole 14 she suffered a double-bogey to drop back to even par and then went birdie, bogey, bogey and par to finish with a 72.
Continuing her solid play was rookie Esther Lee, who notched a two-over-par, 73, and is tied 10th with a three-over-par, 145. A native of Los Alamitos, Calif., Lee hit 13 greens, 10 fairways and rolled 30 putts in the second round as she notched one birdie on the 387-yard, par four 10th hole.
Senior Laetitia Beck continued to struggle with the putter in her second round as she posted 36 putts, while carding a four-over-par, 75. Beck, who is from Caesarea, Israel, is tied 26th with a 149.
Blue Devil senior Alejandra Cangrejo suffered an injured elbow on Friday in the first round and sat out Saturday’s action. She will be re-evaluated prior to Sunday.
Duke will tee off on Sunday in the final round at 9:30 a.m., along with Vanderbilt and South Carolina.