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The Blue Devils with the second place trophy
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The Blue Devils with the second place trophy
Duncan, Duke Finish Second at NCAA Championship
Tuesday 05/24/2013  -  Duke Sports Information
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ATHENS, Ga. – One of the greatest golfers in Duke history closed her career in remarkable fashion on Friday at the NCAA Championship as senior Lindy Duncan played the final three holes at four-under-par to finish second overall, while the Duke squad placed second on the 6,372-yard, par 72 University of Georgia Golf Course in Athens, Ga.

The second place finish for Duke marks the second time in school history the Blue Devils have finished second, including their 13th overall top five finish in the NCAA Championship.  Duke turned in rounds of 286, 289, 287 and 292 for a school-record 72-hole total of 1,154.  The second place finish was the highest Duke has placed in the NCAAs since the Blue Devils won their fifth NCAA Championship in 2007.  

Duke has come a long way over the last three years as the Blue Devils did not advance to the NCAA Championship in 2011 and placed 15th a year ago, before turning in a second place ledger in 2013.  

Southern California claimed the title with a NCAA Championship record four-day total of 1,133, while Duke (1154), Purdue (1173), UCLA (1174), Arizona State (1181), Auburn (1183), Alabama (1189), Arizona (1190), Oklahoma (1191), Michigan State (1191) and Tulane (1191).

“We played as well as they (USC) did for three of the days,” said Duke head coach Dan Brooks.  “They just had one day that was unbelievable.  It was the lowest round ever shot in an NCAA Championship.  For a team that solid to have a magical day like that, it is going to be really hard to catch them.  They are a very, very solid team.  My hats off to them.”

Duncan closed her outstanding collegiate career with a two-under-par, 70, on her way to finishing with a four-under-par, 284, over the four days.  She became just the second Blue Devil to finish in the top 10 of three straight NCAA Championships (Amanda Blumenherst).  

“It is great finishing in second place in the national championship, after our team had been struggling a little bit in the last few years [at the NCAAs],” said Duncan.  “This was the first time I’ve been on a team that was close to contention [at NCAAs].  It’s great to get a trophy.”

On Friday, Duncan once again had a slow start with bogeys on No. 2 and No. 5 and No. 11 to fall to three-over-par on the day.  All week she was so close on her putts and down the stretch she finally got some to drop as she birdied No. 13, No. 16 and No. 17 to move to even par.  On the 159-yard-par three 13th, she sank a four-foot birdie, hit her seven-iron from 150 yards to within a foot on the 16th and drained a 14-footer for birdie on No. 17.

Duncan came to the 18th hole in a tie for second place and she hit a three-wood from 220 yards away to 15 feet for a chance for eagle.  A product of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Duncan went on to drain the putt for her first eagle of the season and fell to her knees.  She also became the second Blue Devil to notch four straight rounds of even or under par at the NCAA Championship (Virada Nirapathpongporn in 2002 and 2004).  On the day, Duncan hit a team-high 16 greens, 11 fairways and had 30 putts.  

“She eagles her last hole in college golf,” commented Brooks on Duncan.  “That was just really special.  She has been putting very, very well and they haven’t been falling in.  It has been really hard on her.  On the backside, the putts started to fall.  She got two birdies and an eagle coming in.  I was so happy she was rewarded for her patience at the end of her college career.”

Claiming the individual title was freshman Annie Park of Southern California with a four-day total of 278.  

Turning in her best finish of the season was freshman Celine Boutier with rounds of 69, 73, 71 and 74 for a total of 287.  A native of Montrouge, France, Boutier totaled the third-highest finish at the NCAA Championship by a Duke freshman (Candy Hannemann finished second in 1999 and Jennie Lee placed second in 2006).

“It was my first nationals, I really enjoyed it,” commented Boutier.  “I love the course. It was in really great shape. I really enjoyed playing on it. My game was really good, my ball-striking was good, and I would say the only thing was my putting, it wasn’t that great.”

Boutier kicked off her day with a bogey on the first hole as she missed the green on the approach and could not get it up-and-down.  She had another bogey on the third hole before draining two straight birdies on No. 8 and No. 9 to return even par.  Boutier was on the par five 12th in two and had an eagle putt before finishing with her third birdie of the day to get to one-under-par and in second place.  She closed with a bogey on No. 13 as she hit her tee shot in the bunker and a double-bogey on No. 16 to finish with a 74.  

Junior Laetitia Beck had an up-and-down final round, which featured one bogey, three birdies, three double-bogeys and 11 pars on her way to finishing with a 76.  Overall, she placed tied for 17th, which is a career-best finish at the NCAA Championship and her eighth top 20 finish of the year.  She hit 12 greens, eight fairways and had 31 putts on the afternoon.  

Coming off a day where she struggled with an 80 on Thursday, junior Alejandra Cangrejo carded an even-par, 72, to finish her season.  Overall, she tied for 58th with a 72-hole total of 302.  On Friday, she had a bogey on No. 2 and a bogey on No. 11 before sinking her first birdie of the day on the 511-yard, par five 12th hole.  Cangrejo, who is from Bogota, Colombia, found the water on her tee shot on the par three 13th and finished with a double-bogey to fall to three-over-par on the day.  

Cangrejo regrouped and finished strong with a 25-foot birdie putt on No. 14, 15-foot birdie on the 15th and a 10-footer for birdie on No. 17 to get back to even par.  On No. 18, she had her birdie putt lip-out as she finished with a 72.  Cangrejo hit 12 fairways, 11 greens and had 29 putts on the day.  

Playing in her final collegiate round on Friday senior Courtney Ellenbogen struggled on her way to finishing with an 81.  A product of Blacksburg, Va., Ellenbogen finished tied for 50th overall with a 301 as she hit 11 fairways, 11 greens and had 36 putts on the afternoon.

“I had a lot of fun,” commented Brooks on the week in Georgia.  “Number one, it was a great experience and was a lot of fun. I had a team that played with a lot of heart. They were good at staying patient, getting over shots and moving on to the next one. When you watch a team do that for four days, it’s a lot of fun.”

Duke will lose three seniors in 2012-13 – Duncan, Ellenbogen and Stacey Kim – but will return five letterwinners and welcome one of the top recruiting classes in the nation for next season.  


Notes:
•    Duke has won five NCAA Championships over the years – 1999, 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2007.
•    The Blue Devils have 13 top-five finishes in the NCAA Championship.
•    Lindy Duncan now owns a school-record eight under-par rounds in the NCAA Championship.  She broke Amanda Blumenherst’s mark of five.  
•    Lindy Duncan closed her career with 21 top five finishes (T2nd), 32 top 10 finishes (2nd), 39 top 20 finishes (2nd), 72 even or under par rounds (2nd), 27 tournaments as Duke’s top scorer (3rd), 126 rounds played (T6th) and 23 rounds in the 60s (2nd).
•    Duke’s other second place finish in the NCAA Championship was 2001 at Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.
•    Other runner-up finishers at the NCAA Championships for Duke include Jennie Lee (2006), Candy Hannemann (1999) and Jean Bartholomew (1988).  

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Duke Results
T7 2 Lindy Duncan Duke 72 71 71 70 284 -4
T5 T4 Celine Boutier Duke 69 73 71 74 287 -1
T17 T17 Laetitia Beck Duke 71 75 71 76 293 +5
T33 T50 Courtney Ellenbogen Duke 74 72 74 81 301 +13
T99 T58 Alejandra Cangrejo Duke 77 73 80 72 302 +14

1 2 3 4 Team Scores
T1 1 1 1 Southern California 284 276 285 288 1133 -19
3 3 2 2 Duke 286 289 287 292 1154 +2
T5 T5 T3 3 Purdue 289 289 295 300 1173 +21
T5 4 T3 4 UCLA 289 287 297 301 1174 +22
9 7 6 5 Arizona State 293 287 296 305 1181 +29
24 T19 T9 6 Auburn 305 292 285 301 1183 +31
4 2 T3 7 Alabama 288 284 301 316 1189 +37
T12 15 T13 8 Arizona 298 295 297 300 1190 +38
8 8 T9 T9 Oklahoma 291 291 300 309 1191 +39
T12 T12 12 T9 Michigan State 298 291 298 304 1191 +39
10 9 8 T9 Tulane 295 289 297 310 1191 +39
22 22 20 12 Oklahoma State 303 300 294 296 1193 +41
11 T12 T15 T13 Arkansas 296 293 302 309 1200 +48
7 T5 7 T13 Stanford 290 288 301 321 1200 +48
T12 14 T15 15 Northwestern 298 293 300 310 1201 +49
T15 T17 T13 16 UC Davis 299 297 294 313 1203 +51
T15 T19 23 17 Florida 299 298 305 303 1205 +53
T15 11 19 18 Vanderbilt 299 289 307 311 1206 +54
T1 10 T9 19 San Jose State 284 303 295 327 1209 +57
23 23 22 20 South Carolina 304 305 292 310 1211 +59
T15 16 21 21 Texas 299 295 304 315 1213 +61
T20 T17 17 22 Oregon 301 295 297 324 1217 +65
T20 24 24 23 Wisconsin 301 309 297 311 1218 +66
19 21 18 24 Miss. State 300 302 292 327 1221 +69

Start Finish Player Team Scores
1 1 Annie Park Southern California 70 67 70 71 278 -10
T7 2 Lindy Duncan Duke 72 71 71 70 284 -4
T7 3 Paula Reto Purdue 71 73 70 72 286 -2
T7 T4 Erynne Lee UCLA 71 70 73 73 287 -1
T5 T4 Celine Boutier Duke 69 73 71 74 287 -1
T14 T6 Christine Meier Michigan State 72 75 69 73 289 +1
T2 T6 Stephanie Meadow Alabama 69 67 73 80 289 +1
T11 T6 Sophia Popov Southern California 71 70 74 74 289 +1
4 T6 Kyung Kim Southern California 74 69 69 77 289 +1
T2 T10 Ally McDonald Miss. State 70 69 70 81 290 +2
T33 T10 Andrea Vilarasau Arizona 72 72 76 70 290 +2
T14 T10 Marta Sanz Auburn 79 69 68 74 290 +2
T5 T10 Noemi Jimenez Arizona State 73 68 72 77 290 +2
T11 14 Maribel Lopez Porras Tulane 76 67 72 76 291 +3
T45 T15 Doris Chen Southern California 72 78 72 70 292 +4
T24 T15 Aurora Kan Purdue 71 71 77 73 292 +4
T17 T17 Jenny Hahn Vanderbilt 71 67 79 76 293 +5
T24 T17 Julie Yang Oklahoma State 74 72 73 74 293 +5
T33 T17 Rachel Morris Southern California 71 70 79 73 293 +5
T17 T17 Laetitia Beck Duke 71 75 71 76 293 +5
T24 T17 Gemma Dryburgh Tulane 71 74 74 74 293 +5
T21 T17 Chirapat Jao-Javanil Oklahoma 75 70 73 75 293 +5
T14 T23 Cassy Isagawa Oregon 75 71 70 78 294 +6
T24 T23 Suchaya Tangkamolprasert Northwestern 71 72 76 75 294 +6
T24 T23 Lee Lopez UCLA 73 69 77 75 294 +6
T24 T23 Tiffany Lua UCLA 73 74 72 75 294 +6
T24 T23 Emma Talley Alabama 71 71 77 75 294 +6
T17 T23 Laura Gonzalez Purdue 72 73 72 77 294 +6
T40 T29 Victoria Trapani Auburn 80 72 69 74 295 +7
T33 T29 Erica Popson * Tennessee 72 75 73 75 295 +7
T7 T29 Mariah Stackhouse Stanford 72 68 74 81 295 +7
T21 T32 Betty Chen UC Davis 73 73 72 78 296 +8
T40 T32 Carlie Yadloczky Auburn 74 77 70 75 296 +8
T17 T32 Laura Blanco Arizona State 74 70 73 79 296 +8
T21 T32 Taylor Schmidt Oklahoma 71 73 74 78 296 +8
T50 36 Irina Gabasa Vanderbilt 74 72 77 74 297 +9
T50 T37 Mia Piccio Florida 73 75 75 75 298 +10
T50 T37 Manon Gidali Arizona 73 77 73 75 298 +10
T24 T37 Demi Runas UC Davis 74 74 71 79 298 +10
T45 T37 Victoria Vela Arkansas 74 71 77 76 298 +10
T55 T37 Kelly Shon * Princeton 76 72 76 74 298 +10
T82 T42 Josephine Janson Oklahoma State 78 74 76 71 299 +11
T45 T42 Kris Yoo Wisconsin 75 74 73 77 299 +11
T40 T42 Kendall Prince Arizona 74 73 74 78 299 +11
T40 T42 Louise Ridderstrom UCLA 72 74 75 78 299 +11
T11 T42 Regan De Guzman San Jose State 67 75 73 84 299 +11
T24 T42 Lauren Kim Stanford 71 75 73 80 299 +11
T72 T48 Justine Dreher South Carolina 77 77 73 73 300 +12
T55 T48 Hanule Sky Seo Oregon 79 72 73 76 300 +12
T61 T50 Camilla Hedberg Florida 73 75 77 76 301 +13
T45 T50 Jayde Panos Oklahoma State 75 74 73 79 301 +13
T45 T50 Emily Tubert Arkansas 75 73 74 79 301 +13
T90 T50 Caroline Powers Michigan State 76 74 79 72 301 +13
T82 T50 Justine Lee Arizona State 72 76 80 73 301 +13
T33 T50 Allyssa Ferrell Michigan State 74 72 74 81 301 +13
T50 T50 Ying Luo * Washington 72 74 77 78 301 +13
T33 T50 Courtney Ellenbogen Duke 74 72 74 81 301 +13
T55 T58 Bertine Strauss Texas 73 77 74 78 302 +14
T61 T58 Gabriela Lopez Arkansas 74 76 75 77 302 +14
T61 T58 Daniela Ordonez Arizona State 74 74 77 77 302 +14
T33 T58 Jennifer Brumbaugh San Jose State 73 76 71 82 302 +14
T72 T58 Emilie Burger * Georgia 75 77 75 75 302 +14
T99 T58 Alejandra Cangrejo Duke 77 73 80 72 302 +14
T40 T58 AC Tanguay Oklahoma 75 71 75 81 302 +14
T55 T58 Silvia Garces Tulane 74 75 75 78 302 +14
T99 T66 Aaren Ziegler Wisconsin 76 81 73 73 303 +15
T55 T66 Ursa Orehek Florida 76 73 75 79 303 +15
T82 T68 Lauren Stratton Vanderbilt 77 75 76 76 304 +16
T72 T68 Suzie Lee South Carolina 74 78 75 77 304 +16
T67 T68 Madison Pressel Texas 77 72 77 78 304 +16
T55 T68 Hana Lee Northwestern 73 74 77 80 304 +16
T61 T68 Kishi Sinha Purdue 75 73 77 79 304 +16
T99 T73 Elcin Ulu Florida 77 75 78 75 305 +17
T67 T73 Sarah Schmelzel South Carolina 76 80 70 79 305 +17
T90 T73 Bev Vatananugulkit UC Davis 77 76 76 76 305 +17
T61 T73 Diana Fernandez Auburn 72 75 78 80 305 +17
T67 T73 Daniela Lendl Alabama 75 75 76 79 305 +17
T50 T73 Jennifer Kirby Alabama 73 75 75 82 305 +17
T67 T73 Sally Watson Stanford 76 73 77 79 305 +17
T72 T80 Katelyn Sepmoree Texas 77 72 78 79 306 +18
T108 T80 Kelsey Vines Oklahoma State 76 80 75 75 306 +18
T99 T80 Elizabeth Szokol Northwestern 82 78 70 76 306 +18
T90 T80 Jennifer Ha * Kent State 79 70 80 77 306 +18
T82 T80 Margaux Vanmol Purdue 80 72 76 78 306 +18
T72 T85 Haley Stephens Texas 74 77 76 80 307 +19
T108 T85 Lauren Falley Oklahoma State 78 80 73 76 307 +19
T99 T85 Regina Plasencia Arkansas 77 73 80 77 307 +19
T72 T85 Emma Lavy Arkansas 73 78 76 80 307 +19
T61 T85 Rachelle Reali San Jose State 72 76 77 82 307 +19
T90 T85 Kaitlyn Rohrback Oklahoma 74 77 78 78 307 +19
T90 T85 Emily Collins Oklahoma 71 79 79 78 307 +19
T33 T85 Mariko Tumangan Stanford 71 72 77 87 307 +19
T67 T93 Desiree Dubreuil Texas 75 74 77 82 308 +20
T90 T93 Lauren Weaver Northwestern 79 73 77 79 308 +20
T99 T93 Emilie Alonso Arizona State 81 75 74 78 308 +20
T82 T93 Liz Nagel Michigan State 78 74 76 80 308 +20
T72 T97 Meredith Swanson South Carolina 79 74 74 82 309 +21
T82 T97 Patricia Garcia Arizona 79 75 74 81 309 +21
T108 T97 Olafia Kristinsdottir * Wake Forest 79 75 77 78 309 +21
T99 T100 Lindsay Danielson Wisconsin 79 75 76 80 310 +22
T72 T100 Kaitlin Park Northwestern 75 74 78 83 310 +22
T108 T102 Amy Simanton UC Davis 75 74 82 80 311 +23
T82 T102 Caroline Inglis Oregon 74 77 77 83 311 +23
T72 T104 Kendall Martindale Vanderbilt 77 75 75 85 312 +24
T99 T104 Elena Warren Miss. State 76 82 72 82 312 +24
T116 T104 Trisha Witherby Michigan State 76 71 86 79 312 +24
T114 T104 Kathleen Rojas San Jose State 72 86 74 80 312 +24
T99 T104 Madison Opfer Tulane 74 76 80 82 312 +24
120 T109 Anna Young Florida 80 78 78 77 313 +25
T114 T109 Mary Fran Hillow South Carolina 77 76 79 81 313 +25
T108 T109 Andrea Wong UC Davis 77 79 75 82 313 +25
T90 T109 Mary L. Gallagher Miss. State 78 74 77 84 313 +25
T90 T109 Hannah Collier Alabama 77 71 81 84 313 +25
T108 T114 Kimberly Dinh Wisconsin 73 83 75 83 314 +26
T121 T114 Janie Jackson Arizona 80 75 82 77 314 +26
T90 T114 Rica Tse Miss. State 76 78 75 85 314 +26
T116 T114 Ani Gulugian UCLA 77 74 82 81 314 +26
T72 T114 Emily Penttila Tulane 78 73 76 87 314 +26
T118 119 Alexis Nelson Wisconsin 77 79 79 81 316 +28
123 T120 Gabi Oubre Miss. State 82 81 75 80 318 +30
T82 T120 Cali Hipp Oregon 76 75 77 90 318 +30
T118 T120 Megan Osland San Jose State 80 76 79 83 318 +30
125 T120 Jamie Yun Auburn 81 76 83 78 318 +30
T121 T120 Danielle Frasier Stanford 84 76 77 81 318 +30
124 125 Avery Sills Oregon 76 79 84 87 326 +38
126 126 Rene Sobolewski Vanderbilt 85 80 84 87 336 +48
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