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Duncan Advances to NCAA Championship as Individual
Thursday 05/07/2011  -  Duke Sports Information
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Courtesy: Jim Daves, UVA Sports Information
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Sophomore Lindy Duncan

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -  With a 54-hole total of 222, Duke University sophomore Lindy Duncan received one of two individual spots in the 2011 NCAA Women's Golf Championship on Saturday at the NCAA Central Regional, which was being played at the 6,208-yard, par 72 Warren Golf Course in South Bend, Ind.

Duncan will next travel to College Station, Texas from May 18-21 to play at the Texas A&M Traditions Club course for nationals.  Unfortunately as a team, the Blue Devils missed advancing for the first time since 1997 -- breaking an incredible 13-year streak guided by Head Coach Dan Brooks.  Duke finished ninth as a team and four strokes behind the final eight spot held by Atlanta Coast Conference (ACC) foe Wake Forest.

"We clearly dug ourselves into too deep of a hole the second day," commented Brooks.  "We had a decent day today.  It was good but that hole was too deep.  It was unfortunate we didn't quite make it but we put ourselves into too deep of a hole yesterday."

Duke dug itself into too deep of a hole in the second round and headed into the final day tied for 13th.  The Blue Devils needed to finish in the top eight and when their round started they had already moved into the top eight, but back nine bogeys by Duke were the deciding factor on advancing on Saturday evening. 

The top eight teams that advanced to nationals were UCLA (890), LSU (894), Minnesota (897), Arkansas (899), Notre Dame (901), Ohio State (905), Stanford (908) and Wake Forest (909).  Duke finished with a total of 913 with rounds of 302, 314 and 297. 

The Blue Devils jumped out to a great start as they were three-under-par over the first five holes and made the turn at one-over-par as a group.  Duke carded seven birdies on the opening nine holes, after posting eight birdies in the entire second round. 

As Duke was making the turn, the horn sounded at 2:58 p.m., for a weather delay.  Play didn't resume until 5:10 p.m.  The Blue Devils were still holding strong until the back nine when Duke lost eight strokes on bogeys. 

A native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Duncan totaled rounds of 75, 72 and 75 for a total of 222, which was tied for sixth overall.  She has now finished in the top 13 of two NCAA regionals.  On Saturday, Duncan had a solid start with a birdie on the 462-yard, par five second hole to move to one-under-par and in a share of the individual lead, but a bogey on No. 7 dropped her back to even par.  

"I'm really proud," commented Duncan.  "I fought hard this week. It was not an easy week and I really tried to stay patient. Today really wasn't the back nine that I hoped for and it was a tough day, but I am really thankful to be going to (the NCAA Championship)."

She made the turn at even par and registered five consecutive pars to open action on the back nine.  Duncan, who is the reigning two-time ACC Player of the Year, got in trouble with her drive on No. 15 and suffered just her second bogey of the day.  She went on to commit two bogeys the next two holes and closed with a par on No. 18 to finish with a 75.  Duncan hit 10 greens, eight fairways and had 31 putts on the day.

"I think Lindy is pretty hungry for a win, so there is a possibility she could go in there and do really well and maybe even win it," said Brooks.  "She is a really good player and excited to be going." 

Taking the individual title was Stephanie Kono of UCLA and Megan McChrystal of LSU with two-over-par ledgers of 218. 

In what ended up being her final collegiate round, senior Kim Donovan saved the best for last as she carded an even-par, 72, on Saturday to move up to a tie for 50th with a 231.  Donovan, who is from Hopkinton, Mass., hit a team-best 14 greens in the final round as she also hit 11 fairways and had 30 putts.  On the front nine, Donovan had two birdies, two bogeys and five pars as she made the turn at even par.

"I am really excited for Kim," said Brooks.  "She hit 14 greens today, staked it on the last hole and almost birdied it.  She is really swinging better than she swung her whole career right on the last day, which is great."

Donovan carded six straight pars to open the back nine before suffering a bogey on No. 16, but came right back to roll in a birdie on No. 17 to get back to even.  She just missed her fourth birdie of the day on No. 18 as well.

Also coming back with a solid round on Saturday was sophomore Stacey Kim, who fired a two-over-par, 74, on her way to finishing tied for 71 with a 234.  Kim improved nine strokes from the day before as she hit 13 greens, 12 fairways and had 31 putts.  Kim also came out strong with one birdie, one bogey and seven pars on her way to making the turn at even par.  She hit her first 10 greens she fired at in the final round.  Kim, who is from Columbus, Ga., had five straight pars to kick off the final nine, which included sand saves on No. 11 and No. 15, which were both par threes.  She got in trouble on No. 15 and No. 17 on her way to making bogeys and finished with a 74. 

Freshman Laetitia Beck suffered a three-putt bogey on the first hole, but responded with back-to-back birdies to move to one-under-par.  After hitting her approach on the 139-yard, par three fourth hole in the sand, Beck couldn't get it up and down and moved back to even par after a bogey.  She had her third bogey on No. 8 and made the turn at one-over-par.

On the back nine, Beck had bogeys on No. 11, No. 12 and No. 15 to drop to four-over-par, which is where she finished at 76.  For the tournament, the Caesarea, Israel product placed tied for 34th with a 228.  Beck hit 10 fairways, 12 greens and had 34 putts on the day. 

Freshman Alejandra Cangrejo played her best golf over the final five holes of the day as she was one-under-par during that stretch, but struggled over a three-hole segment on the front nine where she went double-bogey, triple-bogey and bogey to close out the first nine.  Cangrejo, who is out of Bogota, Columbia, did roll in a 50-footer for birdie on the 139-yard, par three fourth hole and led Duke with only 24 putts.  She continued to struggle hitting greens as she stuck six on Saturday along with eight fairways.  Cangrejo placed 88th with a 239. 

The Blue Devils also ended the season without a victory, which marks the first time since 1982 and the first time under the guidance of Brooks in his 27 years at Duke. 

"It is one of those things," said Brooks on the 13-year streak coming to an end.  "I didn't know how many years it was, but I knew it was a long time ago when we didn't go.  It is alright, Lindy and I will get out there and see what we can accomplish."

Duke did start two freshmen and two sophomores at the NCAA Regionals and will return a total of three sophomores -- Duncan, Kim and Courtney Ellenbogen -- for the 2011-12 campaign.  The Blue Devils lose only Donovan to graduation next weekend.  Duke had placed in the top 10 of the last 10 straight NCAA Championships.

"I hope they take away that they don't like this feeling, they knuckle down, set some goals and just get a little grittier," commented Brooks on what Duke learns from this.  "I really think this group has to learn a little bit about working hard.  They are talented kids and they work hard, but they need to need to find out about working really, really hard.  That is what wins championships."

Notes:

  • The last time Duke didn't make the NCAA Championship was in 1997, but the Blue Devils came back two years ago to win their first NCAA Championship in 1999.
  • Duke played the No. 15 hole at 11-over-par during the three rounds.
  • Lindy Duncan ranked tied for second with a par three scoring with a 2.29 average.

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Duke Results
T5 T6 Lindy Duncan Duke 75 72 75 222 +6
T29 T34 Laetitia Beck Duke 72 80 76 228 +12
T80 T50 Kim Donovan Duke 78 81 72 231 +15
T87 T71 Stacey Kim Duke 77 83 74 234 +18
T87 88 Alejandra Cangrejo Duke 79 81 79 239 +23

1 2 3 Team Scores
1 1 1 UCLA 291 301 298 890 +26
2 T2 2 LSU 295 303 296 894 +30
4 T2 3 Minnesota 301 297 299 897 +33
12 8 4 Arkansas 307 303 289 899 +35
3 4 5 Notre Dame 298 305 298 901 +37
T10 5 6 Ohio State 306 301 298 905 +41
T5 T6 7 Stanford 302 306 300 908 +44
T14 T13 8 Wake Forest 312 304 293 909 +45
T5 T13 9 Duke 302 314 297 913 +49
T5 T6 10 Northwestern 302 306 306 914 +50
T10 10 11 Texas 306 307 303 916 +52
8 9 T12 Chattanooga 303 309 305 917 +53
T16 T11 T12 Tulane 313 302 302 917 +53
9 T11 14 Kent State 304 311 304 919 +55
18 15 15 Wisconsin 314 305 310 929 +65
13 19 16 North Texas 311 314 310 935 +71
T14 18 17 Oklahoma State 312 312 313 937 +73
T20 17 18 Michigan 316 307 315 938 +74
T16 16 19 Illinois 313 309 318 940 +76
19 20 20 East Carolina 315 316 314 945 +81
22 22 21 UNLV 318 325 311 954 +90
23 23 22 Morehead State 319 326 310 955 +91
24 24 23 Illinois State 329 317 320 966 +102
T20 21 24 Butler 316 325 329 970 +106

Start Finish Player Team Scores
T17 T1 Stephanie Kono UCLA 74 76 68 218 +2
T5 T1 Megan McChrystal LSU 72 75 71 218 +2
1 T3 Emily Tubert Arkansas 75 69 75 219 +3
T3 T3 Austin Ernst LSU 74 72 73 219 +3
T21 5 Cheyenne Woods Wake Forest 75 76 70 221 +5
T3 T6 Samantha Sommers Minnesota 73 73 76 222 +6
T5 T6 Lindy Duncan Duke 75 72 75 222 +6
T5 T8 Maribel Lopez Porras Tulane 74 73 76 223 +7
T21 T8 Maria Juliana Loza Chattanooga 73 78 72 223 +7
T8 T8 Teresa Puga Minnesota 75 73 75 223 +7
T8 T8 Rachel Rohanna Ohio State 72 76 75 223 +7
T11 T8 Nicole Zhang Notre Dame 71 78 74 223 +7
2 T8 Ani Gulugian UCLA 71 74 78 223 +7
T21 T14 Sally Watson Stanford 76 75 73 224 +8
T21 T14 Kelli Shean Arkansas 72 79 73 224 +8
T29 T14 Mandi Morrow Kent State 74 78 72 224 +8
T29 T14 Kristina Nhim Notre Dame 77 75 72 224 +8
T21 T18 Christine Wolf Chattanooga 75 76 74 225 +9
T11 T18 Alex Lederhausen Northwestern 74 75 76 225 +9
T21 T18 Natalie Sheary Wake Forest 79 72 74 225 +9
T39 T18 Therese Koelbaek UNLV 77 76 72 225 +9
T17 T22 Kristina Wong Stanford 72 78 76 226 +10
T29 T22 Becca Huffer Notre Dame 75 77 74 226 +10
T11 T22 Michele Edlin Minnesota 74 75 77 226 +10
T11 T22 Amalie Valle LSU 72 77 77 226 +10
T39 T22 Michelle Shin Wake Forest 78 75 73 226 +10
T29 T27 Haley Stephens Texas 74 78 75 227 +11
T8 T27 Rebecca Durham Stanford 75 73 79 227 +11
T29 T27 Lee Lopez UCLA 72 80 75 227 +11
T39 T27 Susana Benavides Ohio State 78 75 74 227 +11
T11 T27 Glory Yang UCLA 74 75 78 227 +11
T17 T27 Devon Brown Northwestern 73 77 77 227 +11
T21 T27 Chandra Alexander North Texas 75 76 76 227 +11
T39 T34 Vicky Villanueva Ohio State 78 75 75 228 +12
T29 T34 Laetitia Beck Duke 72 80 76 228 +12
T48 T34 Kris Yoo Wisconsin 76 78 74 228 +12
T11 T34 Jayde Panos Oklahoma State 73 76 79 228 +12
T39 T38 Nicole Vandermade Texas 77 76 76 229 +13
T29 T38 Shamira Marshall Kent State 74 78 77 229 +13
T39 T38 Amy Meier Ohio State 78 75 76 229 +13
T39 T41 Emma de Groot Chattanooga 77 76 77 230 +14
T58 T41 Corinna Rees Arkansas 78 78 74 230 +14
T48 T41 Meghan Chapman Tulane 76 78 76 230 +14
T39 T41 Bonnie Hu * Harvard 78 75 77 230 +14
T52 T41 Banchalee Theinthong Minnesota 79 76 75 230 +14
T48 T41 Rebecca Lederhausen Northwestern 81 73 76 230 +14
T29 T41 Ember Schuldt Illinois 77 75 78 230 +14
T17 T41 Alexis Nelson Wisconsin 77 73 80 230 +14
T29 T41 Michele Nash Butler 72 80 78 230 +14
T99 T50 Emma Lavy Arkansas 82 80 69 231 +15
T70 T50 Janine Fellows Tulane 83 74 74 231 +15
T58 T50 Jacqueline Hedwall LSU 77 79 75 231 +15
T21 T50 Katie Conway Notre Dame 76 75 80 231 +15
T80 T50 Kim Donovan Duke 78 81 72 231 +15
T58 T50 Brianna Cooper Illinois State 78 78 75 231 +15
T80 T56 Victoria Vela Arkansas 82 77 73 232 +16
T52 T56 Madison Pressel Texas 74 81 77 232 +16
T52 T56 Britney Hamilton * Western Michigan 76 79 77 232 +16
T52 T56 Tiffany Lua UCLA 79 76 77 232 +16
T52 T56 Lauren Weaver Northwestern 74 81 77 232 +16
T75 T56 Amber Littman East Carolina 80 78 74 232 +16
T58 T56 Chaslyn Chrismer North Texas 81 75 76 232 +16
T80 T63 Marissa Mar Stanford 79 80 74 233 +17
T70 T63 Linn Gustafsson Tulane 80 77 76 233 +17
T75 T63 Brittany Kelly * Ball State 79 79 75 233 +17
T87 T63 Mary Narzisi Minnesota 82 78 73 233 +17
T52 T63 Alyssa Shimel Michigan 80 75 78 233 +17
T29 T63 Jade Staggs Oklahoma State 78 74 81 233 +17
T48 T63 Meagan Bauer Michigan 75 79 79 233 +17
T39 T63 Colleen Estes East Carolina 75 78 80 233 +17
T70 T71 Martina Gavier Kent State 80 77 77 234 +18
T58 T71 Sarah Bradley Kent State 78 78 78 234 +18
T58 T71 Harin Lee * St. John's 80 76 78 234 +18
T58 T71 Nina Muehl * East Tennessee St. 80 76 78 234 +18
T58 T71 So-Hyun Park Notre Dame 76 80 78 234 +18
T87 T71 In-Hong Lim Ohio State 83 77 74 234 +18
T87 T71 Stacey Kim Duke 77 83 74 234 +18
T58 T78 Katelyn Sepmoree Texas 81 75 79 235 +19
T58 T78 Lindsay Danielson Wisconsin 79 77 79 235 +19
T70 T78 Samantha Sloan Illinois 78 79 78 235 +19
T58 T81 Katie Dilger Illinois 80 76 80 236 +20
T80 T81 Emma Jonsson Morehead State 78 81 77 236 +20
T87 T83 Jessie Gerry Wisconsin 82 78 77 237 +21
T75 T83 Addison Long North Texas 76 82 79 237 +21
T58 T85 Mercedes Germino Kent State 78 78 82 238 +22
T99 T85 Caramia Sitompul Michigan 79 83 76 238 +22
T87 T85 Paige Lausier Morehead State 78 82 78 238 +22
T87 88 Alejandra Cangrejo Duke 79 81 79 239 +23
T111 T89 Rebecca Lee-Bentham Texas 87 78 75 240 +24
T106 T89 Lila Barton Stanford 81 82 77 240 +24
T75 T89 Marion Duvernay Chattanooga 78 80 82 240 +24
T115 T89 Sofia Pettersson Morehead State 83 83 74 240 +24
T99 T89 Amy Otteson East Carolina 80 82 78 240 +24
T75 T89 Fanny Wolte East Carolina 80 78 82 240 +24
T109 T95 Lindsay Gahm * Indiana 79 85 77 241 +25
T106 T95 Tessa Teachman LSU 81 82 78 241 +25
T111 T95 Alexandra Bodemann Wake Forest 82 83 76 241 +25
T87 T95 Carly Werwie Wisconsin 83 77 81 241 +25
T99 T95 Jacey Chun North Texas 81 81 79 241 +25
T87 T95 Alejandra Guacaneme UNLV 82 78 81 241 +25
T87 T101 Hailey Koschmann Illinois 78 82 82 242 +26
T96 T101 O. Kristinsdottir Wake Forest 80 81 81 242 +26
T96 T101 Jocelyn Alford Oklahoma State 79 82 81 242 +26
T70 T101 Terra Miller Illinois State 81 76 85 242 +26
T96 T105 Min Yean Tan Michigan 85 76 82 243 +27
T80 T105 Nora Lucas Illinois 80 79 84 243 +27
T115 T105 Ellis Keenan UNLV 80 86 77 243 +27
T80 T105 Molly Fields Butler 79 80 84 243 +27
T99 T109 Kelsey Lindenschmidt Northwestern 81 81 82 244 +28
T99 T109 Faith Hardison East Carolina 80 82 82 244 +28
T111 T109 Kelsey Kipp North Texas 79 86 79 244 +28
T106 T112 Jordan Britt Chattanooga 84 79 82 245 +29
T80 T112 Yugene Lee Michigan 82 77 86 245 +29
T109 T112 Marisa Kamelgarn Morehead State 82 82 81 245 +29
124 T115 Josephine Janson Oklahoma State 90 80 76 246 +30
T121 T115 Hillary Wood Oklahoma State 82 87 77 246 +30
120 T117 Hannah Bachman Illinois State 85 83 79 247 +31
T111 T117 Bethany Glassford UNLV 80 85 82 247 +31
T117 119 Katie Jean Illinois State 86 81 81 248 +32
T117 T120 Ashley McKenney Tulane 86 81 82 249 +33
T99 T120 Lynn Grunkemeyer Morehead State 81 81 87 249 +33
T121 122 Julia Porter Butler 85 84 83 252 +36
126 T123 Katerina Prorokova UNLV 81 91 81 253 +37
T121 T123 Clare Cornelius Butler 88 81 84 253 +37
T117 125 Rachel Powers Illinois State 85 82 88 255 +39
125 126 Marcella Moreman Butler 80 91 89 260 +44


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