COLLEGE STATION, Texas - On the second day of the 2011 NCAA Women's Golf Championship, Duke University sophomore Lindy Duncan carded a two-over-par, 74, and continues to rank in the top 20 with 36 holes remaining at the 6,260-yard, par 72 Traditions Club in College Station, Texas.
Duncan, who is a native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., opened the round on hole No. 10 and suffered a bogey. She posted her second straight bogey on the 155-yard, par three 11th hole, but also had a two-stroke penalty. Duncan was finishing off a six-inch bogey putt but the ball moved to its side. After conferring with her playing partners, she replaced the ball to the original spot. When Duncan was finished with the hole she was informed by a rules official that was a two-stroke penalty. The rules official said she should have played the ball from where it moved to.
"It was just a real frustrating thing not knowing that rule," commented Duncan. "It cost me two shots, which got under my skin for a couple of seconds, which is all I could let it do. I just knew that it was over with and I had to keep playing good golf. I was hitting pretty solid shots -- a lot of fairways and greens. I had confidence in my speed so it was another pretty good day."
She came back to notch her first of two birdies on the day at the 372-yard, par four 12th hole as she drained a six-foot putt.
"It was really cool," said Duncan on getting the birdie following the penalty strokes. "Because I knew that was only the third hole and I knew there was so much more golf to play. Coach [Dan] Brooks told me when we were talking down the fairway that is just two shots on just two holes and that kind of puts it in perspective. There are so many things that can happen. I will learn from it and never do that again."
Duncan settled down and registered 11 straight birdies before posting another birdie on the 354-yard, par four sixth hole where she rolled in a 15-footer. She closed with three consecutive pars to finish with a 74. Duncan owns a total of 146, which is tied for 17th. She hit 12 greens, 12 fairways and had 30 putts on the day.
In two rounds so far at the NCAA Championship, Duncan has started slow and is five-over-par on her opening five holes but has settled down to play the final 13 holes at three-under-par. She has yet to birdie a par five as well.
Duncan will tee off on Friday beginning at 8:55 in the third round.
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