SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The fifth-ranked Duke women's golf team opened the 2011 NCAA Central Regional on Thursday with a 14-over-par, 301, and sit tied for fifth with 36 holes remaining at the 6,208-yard, par 72 Warren Golf Course in South Bend, Ind.
Leading the team action after 18 holes is UCLA, which posted a three-over-par, 291, with LSU (295), Notre Dame (298), Minnesota (301), Duke (302), Stanford (302), Northwestern (302), Chattanooga (303), Kent State (304), Ohio State (306) and Texas (306) rounding out the top 10.
"I said to the team that we are actually a better team than we played today," said Duke Head Coach Dan Brooks. "We need to think about winning this tournament. There is one team that is three-over -- we are 14-over. We need to be playing that level of golf and that is how good we are. So we have a little bit of work to do."
Duke freshman Laetitia Beck performed well for the Blue Devils in her first NCAA action with an even-par, 72. A product of Caesarea, Israel, Beck is tied for third, individually, and only one shot off the lead held by Ani Gulugian of UCLA and Nicole Zhang of Notre Dame (71).
"I don't think it was that hard," said Beck on the conditions. "I was struggling with my driver but I was able to hit greens so I didn't find the wind that hard. I was just trying to hit greens -- I didn't go for the pins most of the time. I just kept hitting greens. I was missing fairways, but the fairways are pretty wide here and you don't have many obs [out of bounds] and hazards."
Play was delayed for an hour and 15 minutes in the morning due to frost, while the golfers had to deal with high winds and cool temperatures all day. After the delay, the Blue Devils started teeing off at 10:21 a.m., on hole No. 1. Duke started the round with a nine-over-par front nine that featured three birdies and were five-over-par on the back nine with five birdies, including three over the final two holes.
After not hitting the ball well on the range, Beck had a very solid start to her day with 10 consecutive pars before suffering a bogey on the 11th hole. She had a great sand save on the 169-yard, par three 14th that saw the ball do a 360-degree turn around the cup. After a bogey on No. 15, Beck closed strong with a par on the 16th and back-to-back birdies. She hit the green in two on the 475-yard, par five 17th and went on to two-putt for birdie, while knocking in a six-footer on the 18th to finish with a 72.
"I couldn't be prouder of her [Laetitia]," commented Brooks. "She actually wasn't hitting the ball on the driving range well at all. That is a hard thing to go into a round where you are spraying everything to the right. The one thing we have hoped for Laetitia -- she tends to work on her swing a lot, try to get that perfected. What she really needs to do is get tough and learn how to play whether she is hitting it well or not. That is what she did today and she is making big progress."
For the day, Beck hit 11 greens, six fairways and had 31 putts.
Sophomore Lindy Duncan didn't have the kind of start she was hoping for with four bogeys over her first six holes, but settled down to sink a six-foot birdie putt on No. 9 to make the turn at two-over-par. The Fort Lauderdale, Fla., product rolled in a 15-footer on the fourth hole to give her two birdies on the front nine. Duncan turned in five straight pars on the back nine before suffering a bogey on the 15th. She was one of two Blue Devil golfers to make a birdie on No. 17 as she was just short of the green with a five-wood from the fairway. Duncan then two-putted to connect on her team-best third birdie of the day. She closed with a bogey on No. 18, after missing the fairway with her drive.
"It was tough," said Duncan on the first round. "It is a tricky course, you have to play really smart and you have to hit a lot of fairways and greens. If you don't do that it is going to be really tough out there. So it was a tough day. I hit the ball pretty good -- I hit a couple of loose drives and then a couple of great drives. It was really an up an down round overall."
Duncan posted a three-over-par, 75, and is tied for 26th. She hit a team-best 12 greens, nine fairways and had 32 putts for her round.
Duke's other three golfers -- Stacey Kim, Kim Donovan and Alejandra Cangrejo -- carded rounds of 77, 78 and 79, respectively, on the day. Kim, who is a sophomore from Columbus, Ga., was three-over-par on the front nine with four bogeys and a birdie on No. 7. She opened the back nine with a birdie as well but closed the round three-over-par over the final eight holes. Kim's round of 77 has her tied for 43rd, individually.
Seeing action in her fourth NCAA Regional, Donovan striked the ball well all day as she hit a team-best 10 fairways, but couldn't get her short game in order as she had a team-high 33 putts on her way to finishing with a 78. She enters the second round tied for 51st. A native of Hopkinton, Mass., Donovan had four bogeys over her first eight holes, but then notched four consecutive pars and her lone birdie of the day on the 344-yard, par four 13th. Unfortunately, she had three bogeys over the next four holes to go along with a par on No. 18 to close her day.
Cangrejo, who is from Bogota, Columbia, had Duke's second-best opening nine holes of the day as she was only two-over-par with seven pars and bogeys on the fourth and fifth holes. She struggled on the back with five bogeys, including four over the final five holes to finish with a 79. Cangrejo hit a season-low one green in regulation, but had a team-best 25 putts on the day, while hitting six fairways. Her only green-in-regulation came on the ninth hole, which resulted in a par. She enters the second round tied for 67th, individually.
"There were a couple of long holes and there were a couple of holes where it was really hard to keep it on the green because it was so far down wind and the greens are actually really firm so there were a couple of really tricky club selection holes out there," said Duncan.
As a team, the Blue Devils carded eight birdies on the day. Duke will tee off in the second round beginning at 1:26 p.m., on Friday, May 6 off the 10th hole along with LSU and UCLA.
"Tomorrow we need to toughen up a little bit," said Brooks. "Their attitudes were great -- I don' t think anybody was off that way. A little bit more toughness, a little bit more determination on the up and downs. There are very small greens out here and you can't let that frustrate you -- that you are not hitting greens -- because the greens are very small and the wind is blowing. It is part of the game here to do a lot of chipping and putting."
- Laetitia Beck notched her 12th round of even or under par this season with a 72.
- All five of Duke's golfers suffered a bogey on the 352-yard, par four 15th.
- Duke was the only team in the morning groups that did not make a single double or triple bogey.
- Freshman Alejandra Cangrejo had a season-low one green in regulation with her previous low being four at the LSU Tiger Golf Classic.
- Sophomore Lindy Duncan totaled a 2.50 par three scoring in the first round to tie for the tournament lead.
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1 Team Scores
1 UCLA 291 +3
2 LSU 295 +7
3 Notre Dame 298 +10
4 Minnesota 301 +13
T5 Duke 302 +14
T5 Stanford 302 +14
T5 Northwestern 302 +14
8 Chattanooga 303 +15
9 Kent State 304 +16
T10 Ohio State 306 +18
T10 Texas 306 +18
12 Arkansas 307 +19
13 North Texas 311 +23
T14 Wake Forest 312 +24
T14 Oklahoma State 312 +24
T16 Illinois 313 +25
T16 Tulane 313 +25
18 Wisconsin 314 +26
19 East Carolina 315 +27
T20 Michigan 316 +28
T20 Butler 316 +28
22 UNLV 318 +30
23 Morehead State 319 +31
24 Illinois State 329 +41
Start Finish Player Team Scores
- T1 Nicole Zhang Notre Dame 71 -1
- T1 Ani Gulugian UCLA 71 -1
- T3 Rachel Rohanna Ohio State 72 E
- T3 Kristina Wong Stanford 72 E
- T3 Lee Lopez UCLA 72 E
- T3 Amalie Valle LSU 72 E
- T3 Laetitia Beck Duke 72 E
- T3 Kelli Shean Arkansas 72 E
- T3 Megan McChrystal LSU 72 E
- T3 Michele Nash Butler 72 E
- T11 Maria Juliana Loza Chattanooga 73 +1
- T11 Samantha Sommers Minnesota 73 +1
- T11 Jayde Panos Oklahoma State 73 +1
- T11 Devon Brown Northwestern 73 +1
- T15 Shamira Marshall Kent State 74 +2
- T15 Mandi Morrow Kent State 74 +2
- T15 Maribel Lopez Porras Tulane 74 +2
- T15 Haley Stephens Texas 74 +2
- T15 Glory Yang UCLA 74 +2
- T15 Stephanie Kono UCLA 74 +2
- T15 Austin Ernst LSU 74 +2
- T15 Madison Pressel Texas 74 +2
- T15 Michele Edlin Minnesota 74 +2
- T15 Alex Lederhausen Northwestern 74 +2
- T15 Lauren Weaver Northwestern 74 +2
- T26 Christine Wolf Chattanooga 75 +3
- T26 Rebecca Durham Stanford 75 +3
- T26 Becca Huffer Notre Dame 75 +3
- T26 Cheyenne Woods Wake Forest 75 +3
- T26 Lindy Duncan Duke 75 +3
- T26 Emily Tubert Arkansas 75 +3
- T26 Chandra Alexander North Texas 75 +3
- T26 Teresa Puga Minnesota 75 +3
- T26 Colleen Estes East Carolina 75 +3
- T26 Meagan Bauer Michigan 75 +3
- T36 Meghan Chapman Tulane 76 +4
- T36 Katie Conway Notre Dame 76 +4
- T36 So-Hyun Park Notre Dame 76 +4
- T36 Sally Watson Stanford 76 +4
- T36 Britney Hamilton * Western Michigan 76 +4
- T36 Addison Long North Texas 76 +4
- T36 Kris Yoo Wisconsin 76 +4
- T43 Kristina Nhim Notre Dame 77 +5
- T43 Emma de Groot Chattanooga 77 +5
- T43 Jacqueline Hedwall LSU 77 +5
- T43 Nicole Vandermade Texas 77 +5
- T43 Stacey Kim Duke 77 +5
- T43 Alexis Nelson Wisconsin 77 +5
- T43 Therese Koelbaek UNLV 77 +5
- T43 Ember Schuldt Illinois 77 +5
- T51 Marion Duvernay Chattanooga 78 +6
- T51 Sarah Bradley Kent State 78 +6
- T51 Amy Meier Ohio State 78 +6
- T51 Susana Benavides Ohio State 78 +6
- T51 Mercedes Germino Kent State 78 +6
- T51 Vicky Villanueva Ohio State 78 +6
- T51 Bonnie Hu * Harvard 78 +6
- T51 Michelle Shin Wake Forest 78 +6
- T51 Kim Donovan Duke 78 +6
- T51 Corinna Rees Arkansas 78 +6
- T51 Jade Staggs Oklahoma State 78 +6
- T51 Emma Jonsson Morehead State 78 +6
- T51 Hailey Koschmann Illinois 78 +6
- T51 Samantha Sloan Illinois 78 +6
- T51 Paige Lausier Morehead State 78 +6
- T51 Brianna Cooper Illinois State 78 +6
- T67 Marissa Mar Stanford 79 +7
- T67 Lindsay Gahm * Indiana 79 +7
- T67 Brittany Kelly * Ball State 79 +7
- T67 Aleja Cangrejo Duke 79 +7
- T67 Natalie Sheary Wake Forest 79 +7
- T67 Tiffany Lua UCLA 79 +7
- T67 Jocelyn Alford Oklahoma State 79 +7
- T67 Banchalee Theinthong Minnesota 79 +7
- T67 Lindsay Danielson Wisconsin 79 +7
- T67 Kelsey Kipp North Texas 79 +7
- T67 Caramia Sitompul Michigan 79 +7
- T67 Molly Fields Butler 79 +7
- T79 Linn Gustafsson Tulane 80 +8
- T79 Martina Gavier Kent State 80 +8
- T79 Nina Muehl * East Tennessee St. 80 +8
- T79 Harin Lee * St. John's 80 +8
- T79 O. Kristinsdottir Wake Forest 80 +8
- T79 Bethany Glassford UNLV 80 +8
- T79 Ellis Keenan UNLV 80 +8
- T79 Katie Dilger Illinois 80 +8
- T79 Faith Hardison East Carolina 80 +8
- T79 Marcella Moreman Butler 80 +8
- T79 Nora Lucas Illinois 80 +8
- T79 Amber Littman East Carolina 80 +8
- T79 Alyssa Shimel Michigan 80 +8
- T79 Amy Otteson East Carolina 80 +8
- T79 Fanny Wolte East Carolina 80 +8
- T94 Lila Barton Stanford 81 +9
- T94 Katelyn Sepmoree Texas 81 +9
- T94 Tessa Teachman LSU 81 +9
- T94 Rebecca Lederhausen Northwestern 81 +9
- T94 Chaslyn Chrismer North Texas 81 +9
- T94 Katerina Prorokova UNLV 81 +9
- T94 Kelsey Lindenschmidt Northwestern 81 +9
- T94 Jacey Chun North Texas 81 +9
- T94 Lynn Grunkemeyer Morehead State 81 +9
- T94 Terra Miller Illinois State 81 +9
- T104 Alexandra Bodemann Wake Forest 82 +10
- T104 Victoria Vela Arkansas 82 +10
- T104 Emma Lavy Arkansas 82 +10
- T104 Jessie Gerry Wisconsin 82 +10
- T104 Hillary Wood Oklahoma State 82 +10
- T104 Mary Narzisi Minnesota 82 +10
- T104 Alejandra Guacaneme UNLV 82 +10
- T104 Yugene Lee Michigan 82 +10
- T104 Marisa Kamelgarn Morehead State 82 +10
- T113 In-Hong Lim Ohio State 83 +11
- T113 Janine Fellows Tulane 83 +11
- T113 Carly Werwie Wisconsin 83 +11
- T113 Sofia Pettersson Morehead State 83 +11
- 117 Jordan Britt Chattanooga 84 +12
- T118 Rachel Powers Illinois State 85 +13
- T118 Julia Porter Butler 85 +13
- T118 Hannah Bachman Illinois State 85 +13
- T118 Min Yean Tan Michigan 85 +13
- T122 Ashley McKenney Tulane 86 +14
- T122 Katie Jean Illinois State 86 +14
- 124 Rebecca Lee-Bentham Texas 87 +15
- 125 Clare Cornelius Butler 88 +16
- 126 Josephine Janson Oklahoma State 90 +18