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Blue Devils Enter Final Round at ACCs Tied for Second
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Release: 04/17/2010
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Freshman Stacey Kim is Tied for Fourth in the Individual Action
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GREENSBORO, N.C. -  With 18 holes remaining at the 2010 ACC Championship, the fourth-ranked Duke women's golf team will have to come back from a 15-stroke deficit to claim its 17th ACC title in school history at the Par 71, 6,355-Yard Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C.

Duke carded a 12-over-par, 298, on Saturday in the second round and owns a 36-hole total of 586 behind Wake Forest (571), who posted a 285 on day two.  The Blue Devils were holding tight all day long with the Demon Deacons until the final three holes, which featured a quadruple-bogey and a triple-bogey by two of Duke's counting golfers. 

In total, four of Duke's five golfers had a double-bogey or worse on Saturday, while the Blue Devils totaled 12 birdies.  Rounding out the field were Virginia (586), North Carolina (593), Florida State (599), Maryland (604), N.C. State (605), Miami (642) and Boston College (647).

"We let strokes get away today," said Duke Head Coach Dan Brooks.  "We are a healthy team who is excited to play.  Our games are in pretty good shape and we shot poorly today.  I haven't quite figured out why."

Duke freshman Stacey Kim will enter the final round tied for fourth after carding rounds of 70 and 73.  A product of Columbus, Ga., Kim owns a 36-hole total of 143.  On Saturday, she opened strong for the second straight day with birdies on No. 3 and No. 5 to move to two-under-par.  Kim suffered a bogey on the ninth hole to make the turn with a one-under-par, 34.  On the back nine, she posted three bogeys and six pars to finish with a two-over-par, 73.   For the day, Kim hit 11 greens, eight fairways and had 29 putts.

"I started off really well," said Kim.  "I made a couple really good up-and-downs and then had a birdie on No. 3.  From there it was smooth sailing.  On the back nine, I started struggling a little bit because the wind starting picking up, you have longer holes and the winds on these greens it is going to toughen it up.  You have to stay patient out there.  I think that is what separated the ones who played really well on the back nine and the ones who played mediocre."

Leading the individual field are a pair of Wake Forest golfers -- Michelle Shin and Cheyenne Woods -- with a two-under-par, 140.  Virginia's Brittany Altomare is third with a 141. 

After holding the individual lead after round one, senior Alison Whitaker enters the final round tied for eighth with a 145.  A native of Melbourne, Australia, Whitaker was two-under-par for the tournament and even par for the day heading to hole No. 17, after registering three straight birdies.  Whitaker's drive headed out of bounds and went on to conclude the hole with a quadruple-bogey eight on the 369-yard, par four.  She closed with a bogey on the 18th on her way to finishing with a 76. 

Also tied for eight after two rounds is Blue Devil freshman Lindy Duncan with a 145.  Duncan, who is out of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., totaled a 74 on Saturday after finishing day one with an even-par 71.  She had one birdie on the day at the 456-yard, par five 15th along with two bogeys, one double-bogey on No. 14 and 14 pars. 

A day after shooting a 79 in the first round, freshman Courtney Ellenbogen came back to post a 75 on Saturday.  She enters the final round tied for 24th with a 154.  A product of Blacksburg, Va., Ellenbogen came out solid over the first nine holes making the turn with a one-over-par, 36.  She opened the back nine with three consecutive bogeys before rolling in a 20-foot birdie on the 13th hole.  Ellenbogen suffered a double-bogey on the challenging 406-yard, par four 14th and closed with a six-foot birdie on No. 18.  She hit 10 greens, seven fairways and had 31 putts in her round.

Kim Donovan will enter the final day of play tied for 24th, after firing rounds of 78 and 76.  Donovan, who is a junior from Hopkinton, Mass., registered a birdie on No. 15 after lipping out an eagle putt to move her to three-over-par with three holes left.  She then hit her tee shot on the 142-yard, par three 16th into the water and finished with a triple-bogey.  Donovan rolled in a 25-foot birdie on the 18th to close out the day.  She had 37 putts, hit 14 greens and eight fairways.

"Our game plan is going to be the same as it was today," said Kim.  "Mentally we need to be tougher.  I have seen us pull through in the end.  It is all about believing in yourself and all in the mental game.  If we can get that together we will do well."

Duke will tee off on Sunday in the final round beginning at 10:10 a.m., along with Wake Forest and Virginia.

"Absolutely, it can be done," commented Brooks on the possibility of making a comeback.  "We will do everything to remind each other that it can be done.  We will stay patient tomorrow.  I have seen it happen many times.  We will do what we can."


  • Freshman Stacey Kim hit a 5-iron without two feet on the 151-yard, par three third hole and totaled a birdie.
  • As a team, Duke registered 15 birdies in the first round and 12 on day two.
  • Duke will look for its second double-digit comeback of the season on Sunday as the Blue Devils came back from being down by 10 strokes at the NCAA Fall Preview to then No. 1 UCLA before winning by one stroke over UCLA and Auburn.
  • The Blue Devils had won the ACC Championship 13 straight years before coming to Sedgefield Country Club last year when Wake Forest won the title.

Dan Brooks on the cooler, windy conditions expected for Sunday's final round:
"That can make for big swings and scoring.  Perfect days are hard to separate but when the weather is bad it is easier to do it."

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Duke Results
T2 T4 Stacey Kim Duke 70 73 143 +1
T6 T8 Lindy Duncan Duke 71 74 145 +3
1 T8 Alison Whitaker Duke 69 76 145 +3
T31 T24 Courtney Ellenbogen Duke 79 75 154 +12
T26 T24 Kim Donovan Duke 78 76 154 +12

1 2 Team Scores
1 1 Wake Forest 286 285 571 +3
T2 T2 Duke 288 298 586 +18
T2 T2 Virginia 288 298 586 +18
7 4 North Carolina 302 291 593 +25
T5 5 Florida State Univ. 301 298 599 +31
4 6 Maryland, U. of 299 305 604 +36
T5 7 North Carolina St. 301 304 605 +37
8 8 Miami, U. of 318 324 642 +74
9 9 Boston College 324 323 647 +79

Start Finish Player Team Scores
T2 T1 Michelle Shin Wake Forest 70 70 140 -2
T2 T1 Cheyenne Woods Wake Forest 70 70 140 -2
T8 3 Brittany Altomare Virginia 72 69 141 -1
T15 T4 Kate Thomas North Carolina 74 69 143 +1
T11 T4 Dolores White Wake Forest 73 70 143 +1
T2 T4 Stacey Kim Duke 70 73 143 +1
T2 T4 Calle Nielson Virginia 70 73 143 +1
T6 T8 Lindy Duncan Duke 71 74 145 +3
1 T8 Alison Whitaker Duke 69 76 145 +3
T8 10 Maria Salinas Florida State Univ. 72 74 146 +4
T15 T11 Courtney Gunter North Carolina 74 74 148 +6
T21 T11 Macarena Silva Florida State Univ. 76 72 148 +6
T15 T11 Jessica Hollandsworth Maryland, U. of 74 74 148 +6
T6 T11 Nicole Agnello Virginia 71 77 148 +6
T11 15 Kathleen Strandberg North Carolina St. 73 76 149 +7
T26 T16 Catherine O'Donnell North Carolina 78 72 150 +8
T15 T16 Christine Shimel Maryland, U. of 74 76 150 +8
T19 T16 Jessica Negron Florida State Univ. 75 75 150 +8
T8 T16 Carly Hunt Maryland, U. of 72 78 150 +8
T26 T20 Meghan Chapman North Carolina St. 78 73 151 +9
T11 T20 Emily Street North Carolina St. 73 78 151 +9
T11 T20 Allie Bodemann Wake Forest 73 78 151 +9
T24 23 Natalie Sheary Wake Forest 77 75 152 +10
T31 T24 Courtney Ellenbogen Duke 79 75 154 +12
T19 T24 Lauren Greenlief Virginia 75 79 154 +12
T26 T24 Kim Donovan Duke 78 76 154 +12
34 T27 Begona Sarabia Miami, U. of 80 75 155 +13
T26 T27 Lacey Agnew Florida State Univ. 78 77 155 +13
T24 29 Brooke Baker North Carolina St. 77 80 157 +15
T21 T30 Sarah Thead North Carolina 76 82 158 +16
T35 T30 Hayley Brown Maryland, U. of 81 77 158 +16
T35 T30 Julie Saleeby North Carolina St. 81 77 158 +16
T31 33 Hannah Thomson Florida State Univ. 79 80 159 +17
T41 T34 Jordan Allyne North Carolina 84 76 160 +18
T35 T34 Eunice Yim Boston College 81 79 160 +18
T35 T36 Christina Hirano Miami, U. of 81 80 161 +19
T31 T36 Kerri Connolly Maryland, U. of 79 82 161 +19
T41 38 Kelsey Rockey Boston College 84 78 162 +20
T35 T39 Maria Ronderos Miami, U. of 81 82 163 +21
T21 T39 Shelby Gilbert Miami, U. of 76 87 163 +21
T26 41 Meghan Martinek Boston College 78 86 164 +22
T35 42 Carrie Barbee Boston College 81 84 165 +23
43 43 Kaela Klune Boston College 85 82 167 +25
45 44 Whitney Neuhauser Virginia 94 85 179 +37
44 45 Melanie Kleiner Miami, U. of 89 92 181 +39


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