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Women’s Golf Finishes Second at ACC Championship
Wednesday 04/17/2011  -  Duke Sports Information
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Sophomore Lindy Duncan

GREENSBORO, N.C. -  The Duke women's golf team closed the weekend at the 2011 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Championship with a round of 300 to finish the 54-hole tournament in second place at the Par 71, 6,185-yard Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C.

North Carolina won the team title with a three-day total of 875 and won by 24 strokes over Duke, who carded rounds of 297, 302 and 300 for a total of 899.  Virginia (903), Wake Forest (904), Florida State (911), Maryland (930), N.C. State (937), Miami (938) and Boston College (967) rounded out the field.  The Blue Devils won 13 straight ACC titles prior to the tournament moving to Sedgefield three years ago and since then Wake Forest won two straight and the Tar Heels won this year. 

"The things that are getting us are a little bit frustrating," said Duke Head Coach Dan Brooks. "We are getting a lot of big numbers.  Our number one player leading into the last day had two doubles and two triples.  We are packing a lot of that stuff around.  Obviously, there were a lot of birdies in there for her to shoot the way she did with those big numbers.  It is sort of a tough thing to work someone out of because you are getting the birdies -- you cannot get the birdies without having a lot of good stuff going on with your game. We are going to continue to practice, work hard and see if we can make better choices so we don't have to count those big numbers."

Duke sophomore Lindy Duncan registered a team-best one-under-par, 70, on Sunday and closed the weekend with a 54-hole total of 219, which was fourth.  A product of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Duncan was firing at the pins all day and could have gone really low but had a few unlucky breaks.  She registered four birdies on the front nine and made the turn at four-under-par. 

Duncan made her first bogey on the 12th hole as she hit the green but was above the ridge.  She had to putt the ball 10 feet to the left of the cup so it wouldn't fall off the front of the green and ended up with a three-putt.  Duncan had her second bogey of the day on the 14th as she hit her approach onto the front of the green but rolled back down and off. The reigning ACC Player of the Year came back with an excellent opportunity for an eagle on the 445-yard, par five 15th and ended up making her fifth birdie of the day. 

The Donald Ross greens caught Duncan once again on the 17th and 18th holes as she closed with back-to-back bogeys to finish with a 70.  She hit 15 greens, 13 fairways and had 32 putts on the day.

Taking the individual title was Wake Forest's Cheyenne Woods with rounds of 70, 70 and 68 for a total of five-under-par, 208.  North Carolina's Allie White (215) and Catherine O'Donnell (217) finished second and third. 

Freshman Laetitia Beck turned in Duke's second-best score on Sunday as she finished with a 75, which moved her up to a tie for 15th with a 229.  On the front nine, Beck totaled eight pars to go along with a double-bogey on the third hole.  A native of Caesarea, Israel, Beck had a solid back nine with six pars to go along with a birdie, bogey and a double-bogey on the 18th. 

Fellow freshman Alejandra Cangrejo also posted a top-20 finish as she fired a five-over-par, 76, on Sunday to finish tied for 19th with a 231.  Cangrejo, who is from Bogota, Columbia, posted one birdie on the afternoon, which came on the 351-yard, par four eighth hole.

After turning in rounds of 74 and 75 the first two days, senior Kim Donovan closed the weekend with a 79 as she finished tied for 13th with a 228.  Donovan, out of Hopkinton, Mass., opened with four straight pars on the front nine before finishing out the opening nine with four bogeys out of five holes.  She hit it tight on the challenging 152-yard, par three 12th hole as she notched one of only four birdies on the day on the hole.  Donovan struggled on No. 15 as she hit her tee shot out of bounds and then hit her approach in the water on her way to finishing with a two-over-par, seven.  She then bogied the 16th and 18th holes to finish out her day.  Donovan hit 10 greens and 11 fairways, but had 34 putts on the day. 

Coming off registering back-to-back rounds of 74 the first two days, sophomore Stacey Kim struggled in the final round as she signed for an 80.  A native of Columbus, Ga., Kim did turn in her first top 20 finish of the season with a three-day total of 228, which was tied for 13th.  Kim had a tough opening nine holes as she made the turn at nine-over-par, but closed the round with an even-par back nine.  She hit 12 fairways, nine greens and had 33 putts on the day. 

As a team, Duke fired 10 birdies on the day, but once again struggled with big numbers as the Blue Devils had four double-bogeys and one triple-bogey. 

"It is a very challenging course," said Brooks on the Sedgefield Country Club.  "I thought we practice well and played smart around the greens -- where you have to be able to work the ball up some of these rounded greens and putt it from off the green.  I thought we did a lot of that stuff well.  But again the big numbers -- if you don't set yourself up well on the hole -- you hit it out in the junk, now you are punching out and now you are a little bit panicked.  You are trying to get it up and down to sometimes save a bogey.  It can get the best of you.  That is what makes it a great golf course."

With the loss to UNC, the Tar Heels earned a point in the 2010-11 Battle of the Blues presented by Continental Tire, the annual multi-sport competition between the two schools. North Carolina holds a 12-10 lead in the rivalry series with points for men's golf, men's and women's track & field and rowing still to be determined.

Duke will next await the NCAA Regional selection show on Monday, April 25. 

Duke Results
T9 4 Lindy Duncan Duke 73 76 70 (F) 219 +6
T9 T13 Kim Donovan Duke 74 75 79 (F) 228 +15
T6 T13 Stacey Kim Duke 74 74 80 (F) 228 +15
T23 T15 Laetitia Beck Duke 76 78 75 (F) 229 +16
T25 T19 Alejandra Cangrejo Duke 78 77 76 (F) 231 +18


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1 2 3 Team Scores
1 1 1 North Carolina 289 286 300 875 +23
5 T2 2 Duke 297 302 300 899 +47
T2 T2 3 Virginia 295 304 304 903 +51
4 5 4 Wake Forest 296 310 298 904 +52
T2 4 5 Florida State 295 307 309 911 +59
6 6 6 Maryland 298 309 323 930 +78
8 7 7 North Carolina State 311 303 323 937 +85
7 8 8 Miami 302 327 309 938 +86
9 9 9 Boston College 314 322 331 967 +115

Start Finish Player Team Scores
T1 1 Cheyenne Woods Wake Forest 70 70 68 (F) 208 -5
T1 2 Allie White North Carolina 66 74 75 (F) 215 +2
T3 3 Catherine O'Donnell North Carolina 75 67 75 (F) 217 +4
T9 4 Lindy Duncan Duke 73 76 70 (F) 219 +6
T3 5 Jessie Hollandsworth Maryland 71 71 78 (F) 220 +7
5 6 Katherine Perry North Carolina 71 73 77 (F) 221 +8
T6 T7 Macarena Silva Florida State 73 75 74 (F) 222 +9
T9 T7 Casey Grice North Carolina 77 72 73 (F) 222 +9
T12 T7 Brittany Altomare Virginia 73 77 72 (F) 222 +9
T6 10 Nicole Agnello Virginia 72 76 76 (F) 224 +11
T18 T11 Jessica Negron Florida State 73 79 75 (F) 227 +14
T16 T11 Natalie Sheary Wake Forest 71 80 76 (F) 227 +14
T9 T13 Kim Donovan Duke 74 75 79 (F) 228 +15
T6 T13 Stacey Kim Duke 74 74 80 (F) 228 +15
T23 T15 Laetitia Beck Duke 76 78 75 (F) 229 +16
T12 T15 Portland Rosen Virginia 76 74 79 (F) 229 +16
T18 T17 Brittany Marchand North Carolina State 78 74 78 (F) 230 +17
T12 T17 Maria Salinas Florida State 75 75 80 (F) 230 +17
T32 T19 Michelle Shin Wake Forest 77 81 73 (F) 231 +18
T25 T19 Aleja Cangrejo Duke 78 77 76 (F) 231 +18
T16 T21 Ana Menendez North Carolina State 76 75 81 (F) 232 +19
T32 T21 Maria Ronderos Miami 76 82 74 (F) 232 +19
T18 T21 Hannah Thomson Florida State 74 78 80 (F) 232 +19
T25 T21 Eleana Collins Virginia 78 77 77 (F) 232 +19
T23 T21 Jackie Chang North Carolina 77 77 78 (F) 232 +19
T21 26 Calle Nielson Virginia 74 79 80 (F) 233 +20
T27 T27 Christina Hirano Miami 73 83 78 (F) 234 +21
T27 T27 Christine Shimel Maryland 76 80 78 (F) 234 +21
T12 29 Amanda Baker North Carolina State 74 76 85 (F) 235 +22
T34 T30 Patricia Arana Miami 74 85 79 (F) 238 +25
T30 T30 Kelsey Rockey Boston College 80 77 81 (F) 238 +25
T30 T30 O. Kristinsdottir Wake Forest 78 79 81 (F) 238 +25
T21 T30 Hilary Lawson Maryland 75 78 85 (F) 238 +25
T27 34 Kaela Klune Boston College 77 79 83 (F) 239 +26
T37 35 Brooke Baker North Carolina State 83 78 81 (F) 242 +29
T39 T36 Kerri Connolly Maryland 82 80 82 (F) 244 +31
T34 T36 Hayley Brown Maryland 76 83 85 (F) 244 +31
T39 T38 Caroline Ellington North Carolina State 83 79 83 (F) 245 +32
T44 T38 Carina Cuculiza Miami 85 82 78 (F) 245 +32
T44 T40 Stephanie Hu Boston College 81 86 80 (F) 247 +34
43 T40 Alexandra Bodemann Wake Forest 79 85 83 (F) 247 +34
T37 42 Eunice Yim Boston College 81 80 87 (F) 248 +35
T41 43 Andrea Kaelin Florida State 81 82 89 (F) 252 +39
T41 44 Carrie Barbee Boston College 76 87 91 (F) 254 +41
T34 - Jennifer Hirano Miami 79 80 W - -


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