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Blue Devils Jump to Second at ACC Championship
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Release: 04/16/2011
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GREENSBORO, N.C. - In Saturday's second round at the 2011 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Championship, the golfers had to deal with high winds and intermittent rain throughout the round at the Par 71, 6,185-yard Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C.  The Blue Devils were able to move up the leaderboard from fifth to tied for second place but still trail North Carolina with 18 holes remaining.

Duke entered the second round in fifth place and eight strokes back of North Carolina and turned in an 18-over-par, 302, on Saturday.  The Tar Heels were solid for the second straight day and enter the final round with a 24-stroke lead, after turning in a 36-hole total of 575.  Rounding out the field is Duke (599), Virginia (599), Florida State (602), Wake Forest (606), Maryland (607), N.C. State (614), Miami (629) and Boston College (636).

"I never would have guessed I would have been standing here in the sunshine talking to you," said Duke Head Coach Dan Brooks.  "It is amazing that we got this round in.  The forecast was terrible.  We are in second place but we are a long ways from Carolina.  My hats off to them as they have played some great golf."

It marks the third straight year the Blue Devils will face a double-digit deficit to try to make up with only 18 holes remaining at the ACC Championship.  Duke trailed last year by 15 strokes but came back to take the lead, only to fall off at the end.  The Blue Devils trailed by 17 strokes in 2009 and went on to finish third.

"We can come back," commented Brooks.  "I have seen deficits pretty close to this -- I am not sure I have  seen quite this big of one taken care of in one day.  But it is possible."

Holding the individual lead is North Carolina's Allie White and Wake Forest's Cheyenne Woods with a two-under-par, 140.

Duke opened its round on holes six, eight, nine, 10 and 11 as the tournament featured a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m.  The Blue Devils started very slow on Saturday as Duke was 14-over-par through four holes of play, but once again finished strong on holes 15-18.  For the second straight day, the Blue Devils featured four birdies on the 445-yard, par five 15th, while registering one birdie on No. 17 and three birdies on the 470-yard, par five 18th. 

With most groups featuring only one or two holes left, the horns were sounded for a stoppage of play at 1:00 p.m., as a severe thunderstorm was approaching.  Only sophomore Lindy Duncan's group was able to finish for Duke. 

The Blue Devils cut down the big numbers on Saturday with only three double-bogeys and no triple-bogeys, but had seven less birdies on the day.  In Friday's first round, Duke carded 17 birdies and on day two had 10 on Saturday.

After turning in a 73 on day one, Duncan posted a five-over-par, 76, on Saturday and is tied for ninth with a 149.  The reigning ACC Player of the Year, Duncan opened with three straight pars but went on to bogey four out of the next six holes to move to four-over-par.  She went on to birdie the 15th as she just missed an eagle putt and had a tap-in birdie.  Duncan then almost chipped in from the front of the green on No. 18 to move back to two-over-par. 

She went back to front nine and started with three consecutive bogeys and then parred No. 4 and No. 5 to finish with a 76.  Duncan, who is out of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., couldn't get her putter rolling well as she finished with 34 putts, while hitting 10 fairways and 10 greens. 

Senior Kim Donovan turned in one of Duke's best rounds on Saturday with a 74 and is tied for ninth with a 149.  Donovan, opened par, bogey, and bogey before playing the next 10 holes at one-under-par.  She collected a five-foot birdie on the 15th hole and notched nine other pars during the stretch.  Following the weather delay, Donovan parred the seventh hole and suffered a three-putt bogey on No. 8 to finish with a 75.  She hit only eight fairways, 12 greens and had 33 putts on the day.

For the second straight day, sophomore Stacey Kim struggled at the start as she began the round on the eighth hole and was five-over-par through four holes.  Kim, a native of Columbus, Ga., had another bogey on the 14th hole before reeling off three birdies in four holes to move back to three-over-par.  She notched birdies on the 15th, 17th and 18th holes.  As she went back to the front nine, Kim suffered a bogey on No. 1 but then had all pars except for a birdie on the sixth hole to finish with a 74.  She hit 11 fairways, 13 greens and had 32 putts in her round.

"I went ob [out of bounds] on the second hole again with my drive, which was really disappointing because it was the same hole I did it yesterday," said Kim.  "I just kept my head straight -- every hole is a different, every hole is a birdie opportunity.  You just have to think positive when you are out here. If you don't you will have the elements working against you."

Both freshmen -- Laetitia Beck and Alejandra Cangrejo -- turned in rounds of 78 and 77 on Saturday for the Blue Devils.  Beck, who is from Caesarea, Israel, enters the final round tied for 23rd with a 154, after totaling one birdie on Saturday.  A product of Bogota, Columbia, Cangrejo is tied for 25th with a 155.  She opened her day with four bogeys over her first six holes but settled down to birdie both the 18th and first holes to get it back to two-over-par. Cangrejo closed with three bogeys over her final six holes to finish with a 77. 

"Nothing spectacular," said Brooks on what Duke needs to do to come back.  "We just need to come out, be patient and play our game.  If things go our way and if things don't go Carolina's way.  It is possible."

Duke will tee off along with North Carolina and Virginia on Sunday morning beginning at 9:40 a.m.

"Just know that we can do it -- it is not impossible," commented Kim on what the team needs to do to make a run on Sunday.  "We have five girls playing 18 holes tomorrow -- that is a lot of holes and a lot of birdie opportunities. Anything can happen when it is golf.  Tomorrow is going to be a beautiful day -- our attitudes for tomorrow will be very positive."

Duke Results
T6 Stacey Kim (8)   Duke  +6  F  +3  74 74 148 
T9 Kim Donovan (9)   Duke  +7  F  +4  74 75 149 
T9 Lindy Duncan (6)   Duke  +7  F  +5  73 76 149 
T23 Laetitia Beck (10)   Duke  +12  F  +7  76 78 154
T25 Aleja Cangrejo (11)   Duke  +13  F  +6  78 77 155

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1 2 Team Scores
1 1 North Carolina 289 286 575 +7
5 T2 Duke 297 302 599 +31
T2 T2 Virginia 295 304 599 +31
T2 4 Florida State 295 307 602 +34
4 5 Wake Forest 296 310 606 +38
6 6 Maryland 298 309 607 +39
8 7 North Carolina State 311 303 614 +46
7 8 Miami 302 327 629 +61
9 9 Boston College 314 322 636 +68

Start Finish Player Team Scores
2 T1 Cheyenne Woods Wake Forest 70 70 140 -2
1 T1 Allie White North Carolina 66 74 140 -2
T3 T3 Jessie Hollandsworth Maryland 71 71 142 E
T18 T3 Catherine O'Donnell North Carolina 75 67 142 E
T3 5 Katherine Perry North Carolina 71 73 144 +2
T12 T6 Stacey Kim Duke 74 74 148 +6
6 T6 Nicole Agnello Virginia 72 76 148 +6
T7 T6 Macarena Silva Florida State 73 75 148 +6
T12 T9 Kim Donovan Duke 74 75 149 +7
T7 T9 Lindy Duncan Duke 73 76 149 +7
T28 T9 Casey Grice North Carolina 77 72 149 +7
T21 T12 Portland Rosen Virginia 76 74 150 +8
T18 T12 Maria Salinas Florida State 75 75 150 +8
T7 T12 Brittany Altomare Virginia 73 77 150 +8
T12 T12 Amanda Baker North Carolina State 74 76 150 +8
T3 T16 Natalie Sheary Wake Forest 71 80 151 +9
T21 T16 Ana Menendez North Carolina State 76 75 151 +9
T12 T18 Hannah Thomson Florida State 74 78 152 +10
T7 T18 Jessica Negron Florida State 73 79 152 +10
T32 T18 Brittany Marchand North Carolina State 78 74 152 +10
T18 T21 Hilary Lawson Maryland 75 78 153 +11
T12 T21 Calle Nielson Virginia 74 79 153 +11
T28 T23 Jackie Chang North Carolina 77 77 154 +12
T21 T23 Laetitia Beck Duke 76 78 154 +12
T32 T25 Aleja Cangrejo Duke 78 77 155 +13
T32 T25 Eleana Collins Virginia 78 77 155 +13
T7 T27 Christina Hirano Miami 73 83 156 +14
T28 T27 Kaela Klune Boston College 77 79 156 +14
T21 T27 Christine Shimel Maryland 76 80 156 +14
T32 T30 O. Kristinsdottir Wake Forest 78 79 157 +15
38 T30 Kelsey Rockey Boston College 80 77 157 +15
T21 T32 Maria Ronderos Miami 76 82 158 +16
T28 T32 Michelle Shin Wake Forest 77 81 158 +16
T21 T34 Hayley Brown Maryland 76 83 159 +17
T36 T34 Jennifer Hirano Miami 79 80 159 +17
T12 T34 Patricia Arana Miami 74 85 159 +17
T39 T37 Eunice Yim Boston College 81 80 161 +19
T43 T37 Brooke Baker North Carolina State 83 78 161 +19
T43 T39 Caroline Ellington North Carolina State 83 79 162 +20
42 T39 Kerri Connolly Maryland 82 80 162 +20
T21 T41 Carrie Barbee Boston College 76 87 163 +21
T39 T41 Andrea Kaelin Florida State 81 82 163 +21
T36 43 Alexandra Bodemann Wake Forest 79 85 164 +22
T39 T44 Stephanie Hu Boston College 81 86 167 +25
45 T44 Carina Cuculiza Miami 85 82 167 +25