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Blue Devils Move into Second at NCAA Championship
Monday 05/23/2013  -  Duke Sports Information
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ATHENS, Ga. – With 18 holes remaining at the 2013 NCAA Championship, the top-seeded and third-ranked Duke women’s golf team is in second place, after carding an one-under-par, 287, on Thursday at the 6,372-yard, par 72 University of Georgia Golf Course in Athens, Ga.

The Blue Devils will have to make up a lot of ground in Friday’s final round as Duke trails Southern California by 17 strokes as the Trojans own a 54-hole total of 845, which is 19-under-par.  Duke is the only other team under par in the field as the Blue Devils hold a two-under-par, 862.  Rounding out the top 10 teams are Purdue (873), Alabama (873), UCLA (873), Arizona State (876), Stanford (879), Tulane (881), Oklahoma (882), Auburn (882) and San Jose State (882).  Duke’s 54-hole total of 862 is a new school record in NCAA Championship action.  

“I’m just really proud of my team,” commented Duke head coach Dan Brooks.  “I taught them a word today: unflappable. They were unflappable today. They were not affected. When they did something great, they kept going, when they did something not so great, they kept going. They kept their chins up. That’s all you can do. They watched USC play a lot of good golf, but they just kept doing their thing. For a while we were moving up on them and it just didn’t quite stay that way, but tomorrow is another day.”

In the previous tournament, the Blue Devils trailed host Oklahoma at the NCAA Central Regional by six strokes entering the final round and came-from-behind on the final day to win by six strokes as Duke shot 12-under-par.  

Duke registered three different golfers shoot one-under-par, 71, on Thursday – Celine Boutier, Lindy Duncan and Laetitia Beck.  

Boutier enters the final round tied for fifth with a three-under-par, 213.  A product of Montrouge, France, Boutier has equaled her best 54-hole total of the season with rounds of 69, 73 and 71.  She now owns 11 rounds this year of even or under par.  On Thursday, she kicked off her day by rolling in a seven-foot birdie putt on hole No. 1, but suffered back-to-back bogeys on No. 5 and No. 6 to drop to one-over-par.  Boutier stuck her approach on the 156-yard, par three eighth and rolled in her second birdie of the day to get back to even par.  

“I think it was pretty good today,” commented Boutier on her round.  “The wind made it tough so my irons and distance were good. I just have to work on my putting a little bit because I had a lot of birdie putts that didn’t drop.”

After a bogey on No. 11 where she hit her drive in the ditch, Boutier collected a birdie on the 159-yard, par three 13th for the third straight day as she hit her approach to within two feet.  She added another birdie on No. 17 closing with a 71.  She hit 13 fairways, 12 greens and had 29 putts on the day.  

Duncan notched her sixth consecutive round of even or under par with a 71 in the third round and is tied for seventh overall with a 214.  Duncan, who is from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., will aim for a third straight top 10 finish at the NCAA Championship, which would mark only the second Blue Devil to accomplish the feat (Amanda Blumenherst).  

“It feels pretty good,” said Duncan.  “I don’t know exactly what everyone else shot, but I think Celine (Boutier) played really well. The conditions were really tough today, but we played really strong golf today. We were patient, and hopefully we’re within striking distance for tomorrow. I felt like the wind started picking up more on the back nine, and it was blowing pretty hard at times, but it wasn’t really consistent all day.”

Duncan opened the round with a bogey on No. 2, but went on to register a 15-foot birdie putt on the fifth hole to get back to even.  She had another bogey on No. 7, but connected on an 11-footer for birdie on the eighth hole to remain even.  After her third bogey on No. 9 where she could not get it up-and-down from off the green, Duncan closed with birdies on No. 12 and No. 15 to finish with a 71.  The reigning National Player of the Year nearly posted an eagle on the 12th hole and stuck a 9-iron to within four feet on the 15th for her late birdies.  

She said she had the hole of her tournament on the 480-yard, par five 17th as she hit her drive to the right and duffed a four-iron, which rolled down the cart path to 130 yards away from the pin.  Duncan hooked her five-iron on the next shot, but was able to chip it to four feet, before rolling in a very delicate putt for par.  On the day, she hit 12 greens, 10 fairways and had 29 putts.

A native of Caesarea, Israel, Beck notched 15 pars on the day to go along with two birdies and one bogey.  She enters the final round tied for 28th overall with a 217.  Beck opened the round with four pars and then rolled in a 25-foot birdie putt on the 399-yard, par four fifth.  Her only blemish on the scorecard was on No. 13 as she was left with a very unlucky putt as the ball stopped on the top of the green.  Beck was forced to putt to the left and let the ball feed down the green and ended up with a three-putt.  She drained a 16-footer for birdie on 16, before closing with two pars.  Beck hit 14 greens, 13 fairways and had 31 putts.

Senior Courtney Ellenbogen had a slow start to her day as she totaled bogeys on the first and second holes and then double-bogeyed the par five seventh.  Ellenbogen, who is out of Blacksburg, Va., regrouped and went on a tear with three consecutive birdies on No. 8, No. 9 and No. 10.  Of her three straight birdies, two were under four feet in distance as Ellenbogen was hitting her approach shots close most of the day.  She kept the momentum going with six pars, before suffering a bogey on No. 17 as she finished with a two-over-par, 74.  She is tied for 28th overall with a 220.  Ellenbogen had 12 greens, 12 fairways and had 30 putts to go along with two up-and-downs.  

Alejandra Cangrejo couldn’t get her putter going on Thursday and played a front nine of seven-over-par, 42, before settling down to finish with an 80.  The Bogota, Colombia, product had a total of 36 putts on the day, while hitting 10 greens and nine fairways.  Cangrejo played the final nine holes at one-over-par looking to come back strong on Friday.

Duke will tee off on Friday in the final round beginning at 12:58 p.m., along with Southern California and Purdue.   Fans can follow the action live online at NCAA.com with a video stream of holes No. 18 and No. 9 starting at 12 p.m.

Notes:
•    Duke has won five NCAA Championships over the years – 1999, 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2007.
•    The Blue Devils have 12 top-five finishes in the NCAA Championship with the last one coming in 2008 as Duke placed third.  
•    The previous 54-hole best ledger in NCAA Championship action for Duke was 865 in 2004 in Auburn, Ala.
•    Lindy Duncan now owns a school-record seven under-par rounds in the NCAA Championship.  She broke Amanda Blumenherst’s mark of five.  

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Duke Results
T10 T5 Celine Boutier Duke 69 73 71 213 -3
T15 T7 Lindy Duncan Duke 72 71 71 214 -2
T28 T17 Laetitia Beck Duke 71 75 71 217 +1
T28 T33 Courtney Ellenbogen Duke 74 72 74 220 +4
T70 T99 Alejandra Cangrejo Duke 77 73 80 230 +14

1 2 3 Team Scores
T1 1 1 Southern California 284 276 285 845 -19
3 3 2 Duke 286 289 287 862 -2
T5 T5 T3 Purdue 289 289 295 873 +9
4 2 T3 Alabama 288 284 301 873 +9
T5 4 T3 UCLA 289 287 297 873 +9
9 7 6 Arizona State 293 287 296 876 +12
7 T5 7 Stanford 290 288 301 879 +15
10 9 8 Tulane 295 289 297 881 +17
8 8 T9 Oklahoma 291 291 300 882 +18
24 T19 T9 Auburn 305 292 285 882 +18
T1 10 T9 San Jose State 284 303 295 882 +18
T12 T12 12 Michigan State 298 291 298 887 +23
T15 T17 T13 UC Davis 299 297 294 890 +26
T12 15 T13 Arizona 298 295 297 890 +26
11 T12 T15 Arkansas 296 293 302 891 +27
T12 14 T15 Northwestern 298 293 300 891 +27
T20 T17 17 Oregon 301 295 297 893 +29
19 21 18 Miss. State 300 302 292 894 +30
T15 11 19 Vanderbilt 299 289 307 895 +31
22 22 20 Oklahoma State 303 300 294 897 +33
T15 16 21 Texas 299 295 304 898 +34
23 23 22 South Carolina 304 305 292 901 +37
T15 T19 23 Florida 299 298 305 902 +38
T20 24 24 Wisconsin 301 309 297 907 +43

Start Finish Player Team Scores
2 1 Annie Park Southern California 70 67 70 207 -9
4 T2 Ally McDonald Miss. State 70 69 70 209 -7
1 T2 Stephanie Meadow Alabama 69 67 73 209 -7
T15 4 Kyung Kim Southern California 74 69 69 212 -4
T6 T5 Noemi Jimenez Arizona State 73 68 72 213 -3
T10 T5 Celine Boutier Duke 69 73 71 213 -3
T20 T7 Paula Reto Purdue 71 73 70 214 -2
5 T7 Mariah Stackhouse Stanford 72 68 74 214 -2
T6 T7 Erynne Lee UCLA 71 70 73 214 -2
T15 T7 Lindy Duncan Duke 72 71 71 214 -2
T10 T11 Regan De Guzman San Jose State 67 75 73 215 -1
T6 T11 Sophia Popov Southern California 71 70 74 215 -1
T15 T11 Maribel Lopez Porras Tulane 76 67 72 215 -1
T28 T14 Cassy Isagawa Oregon 75 71 70 216 E
T46 T14 Marta Sanz Auburn 79 69 68 216 E
T39 T14 Christine Meier Michigan State 72 75 69 216 E
T24 T17 Laura Gonzalez Purdue 72 73 72 217 +1
3 T17 Jenny Hahn Vanderbilt 71 67 79 217 +1
T28 T17 Laetitia Beck Duke 71 75 71 217 +1
T20 T17 Laura Blanco Arizona State 74 70 73 217 +1
T28 T21 Betty Chen UC Davis 73 73 72 218 +2
T24 T21 Chirapat Jao-Javanil Oklahoma 75 70 73 218 +2
T20 T21 Taylor Schmidt Oklahoma 71 73 74 218 +2
T28 T24 Julie Yang Oklahoma State 74 72 73 219 +3
T46 T24 Demi Runas UC Davis 74 74 71 219 +3
T15 T24 Suchaya Tangkamolprasert Northwestern 71 72 76 219 +3
T39 T24 Tiffany Lua UCLA 73 74 72 219 +3
T28 T24 Lauren Kim Stanford 71 75 73 219 +3
T10 T24 Lee Lopez UCLA 73 69 77 219 +3
T10 T24 Aurora Kan Purdue 71 71 77 219 +3
T24 T24 Gemma Dryburgh Tulane 71 74 74 219 +3
T10 T24 Emma Talley Alabama 71 71 77 219 +3
T39 T33 Erica Popson * Tennessee 72 75 73 220 +4
T28 T33 Allyssa Ferrell Michigan State 74 72 74 220 +4
T20 T33 Andrea Vilarasau Arizona 72 72 76 220 +4
T58 T33 Jennifer Brumbaugh San Jose State 73 76 71 220 +4
T15 T33 Mariko Tumangan Stanford 71 72 77 220 +4
T28 T33 Courtney Ellenbogen Duke 74 72 74 220 +4
T6 T33 Rachel Morris Southern California 71 70 79 220 +4
T89 T40 Victoria Trapani Auburn 80 72 69 221 +5
T80 T40 Carlie Yadloczky Auburn 74 77 70 221 +5
T39 T40 Kendall Prince Arizona 74 73 74 221 +5
T28 T40 Louise Ridderstrom UCLA 72 74 75 221 +5
T28 T40 AC Tanguay Oklahoma 75 71 75 221 +5
T58 T45 Jayde Panos Oklahoma State 75 74 73 222 +6
T58 T45 Kris Yoo Wisconsin 75 74 73 222 +6
T46 T45 Emily Tubert Arkansas 75 73 74 222 +6
T24 T45 Victoria Vela Arkansas 74 71 77 222 +6
T70 T45 Doris Chen Southern California 72 78 72 222 +6
T46 T50 Mia Piccio Florida 73 75 75 223 +7
T28 T50 Ying Luo * Washington 72 74 77 223 +7
T70 T50 Manon Gidali Arizona 73 77 73 223 +7
T28 T50 Irina Gabasa Vanderbilt 74 72 77 223 +7
T46 T50 Jennifer Kirby Alabama 73 75 75 223 +7
T58 T55 Ursa Orehek Florida 76 73 75 224 +8
T80 T55 Hanule Sky Seo Oregon 79 72 73 224 +8
T46 T55 Kelly Shon * Princeton 76 72 76 224 +8
T70 T55 Bertine Strauss Texas 73 77 74 224 +8
T39 T55 Hana Lee Northwestern 73 74 77 224 +8
T58 T55 Silvia Garces Tulane 74 75 75 224 +8
T46 T61 Camilla Hedberg Florida 73 75 77 225 +9
T39 T61 Diana Fernandez Auburn 72 75 78 225 +9
T46 T61 Kishi Sinha Purdue 75 73 77 225 +9
T70 T61 Gabriela Lopez Arkansas 74 76 75 225 +9
T46 T61 Rachelle Reali San Jose State 72 76 77 225 +9
T46 T61 Daniela Ordonez Arizona State 74 74 77 225 +9
T110 T67 Sarah Schmelzel South Carolina 76 80 70 226 +10
T58 T67 Desiree Dubreuil Texas 75 74 77 226 +10
T58 T67 Madison Pressel Texas 77 72 77 226 +10
T58 T67 Sally Watson Stanford 76 73 77 226 +10
T70 T67 Daniela Lendl Alabama 75 75 76 226 +10
T103 T72 Justine Dreher South Carolina 77 77 73 227 +11
T100 T72 Meredith Swanson South Carolina 79 74 74 227 +11
T89 T72 Suzie Lee South Carolina 74 78 75 227 +11
T89 T72 Emilie Burger * Georgia 75 77 75 227 +11
T80 T72 Haley Stephens Texas 74 77 76 227 +11
T58 T72 Kaitlin Park Northwestern 75 74 78 227 +11
T58 T72 Katelyn Sepmoree Texas 77 72 78 227 +11
T80 T72 Emma Lavy Arkansas 73 78 76 227 +11
T89 T72 Kendall Martindale Vanderbilt 77 75 75 227 +11
T80 T72 Emily Penttila Tulane 78 73 76 227 +11
T80 T82 Cali Hipp Oregon 76 75 77 228 +12
T89 T82 Josephine Janson Oklahoma State 78 74 76 228 +12
T80 T82 Caroline Inglis Oregon 74 77 77 228 +12
T89 T82 Liz Nagel Michigan State 78 74 76 228 +12
T103 T82 Patricia Garcia Arizona 79 75 74 228 +12
T89 T82 Margaux Vanmol Purdue 80 72 76 228 +12
T89 T82 Lauren Stratton Vanderbilt 77 75 76 228 +12
T46 T82 Justine Lee Arizona State 72 76 80 228 +12
T103 T90 Rica Tse Miss. State 76 78 75 229 +13
T89 T90 Mary L. Gallagher Miss. State 78 74 77 229 +13
T58 T90 Jennifer Ha * Kent State 79 70 80 229 +13
T100 T90 Bev Vatananugulkit UC Davis 77 76 76 229 +13
T89 T90 Lauren Weaver Northwestern 79 73 77 229 +13
T70 T90 Caroline Powers Michigan State 76 74 79 229 +13
T80 T90 Kaitlyn Rohrback Oklahoma 74 77 78 229 +13
T70 T90 Emily Collins Oklahoma 71 79 79 229 +13
T46 T90 Hannah Collier Alabama 77 71 81 229 +13
T117 T99 Aaren Ziegler Wisconsin 76 81 73 230 +14
T119 T99 Elena Warren Miss. State 76 82 72 230 +14
T89 T99 Elcin Ulu Florida 77 75 78 230 +14
T103 T99 Lindsay Danielson Wisconsin 79 75 76 230 +14
T123 T99 Elizabeth Szokol Northwestern 82 78 70 230 +14
T70 T99 Regina Plasencia Arkansas 77 73 80 230 +14
T110 T99 Emilie Alonso Arizona State 81 75 74 230 +14
T70 T99 Alejandra Cangrejo Duke 77 73 80 230 +14
T70 T99 Madison Opfer Tulane 74 76 80 230 +14
T119 T108 Lauren Falley Oklahoma State 78 80 73 231 +15
T110 T108 Kimberly Dinh Wisconsin 73 83 75 231 +15
T110 T108 Kelsey Vines Oklahoma State 76 80 75 231 +15
T103 T108 Olafia Kristinsdottir * Wake Forest 79 75 77 231 +15
T110 T108 Andrea Wong UC Davis 77 79 75 231 +15
T58 T108 Amy Simanton UC Davis 75 74 82 231 +15
T100 T114 Mary Fran Hillow South Carolina 77 76 79 232 +16
T119 T114 Kathleen Rojas San Jose State 72 86 74 232 +16
T39 T116 Trisha Witherby Michigan State 76 71 86 233 +17
T80 T116 Ani Gulugian UCLA 77 74 82 233 +17
T110 T118 Alexis Nelson Wisconsin 77 79 79 235 +19
T110 T118 Megan Osland San Jose State 80 76 79 235 +19
T119 120 Anna Young Florida 80 78 78 236 +20
T108 T121 Janie Jackson Arizona 80 75 82 237 +21
T123 T121 Danielle Frasier Stanford 84 76 77 237 +21
125 123 Gabi Oubre Miss. State 82 81 75 238 +22
T108 124 Avery Sills Oregon 76 79 84 239 +23
T117 125 Jamie Yun Auburn 81 76 83 240 +24
126 126 Rene Sobolewski Vanderbilt 85 80 84 249 +33
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