COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Duke University sophomore Lindy Duncan closed the 2011 NCAA Championship on Saturday with a one-over-par, 73, on her way to finishing in the top 10 at the 6,260-yard, par 72 Traditions Club in College Station, Texas.
"It was a really good week," said Duncan. "Coach [Dan] Brooks and I were just talking and I was just very patient, in control and today wasn't my best ball-striking day but I really managed to pull off a good round and keep myself in it. It was a lot of fun and I learned a lot."
Duncan, who is out of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., opened the day on No. 10 and suffered a bogey as she wasn't able to get it up and down, after missing the green. She went on to notch seven straight pars as she got up-and-down on all seven holes since she didn't hit any of the greens.
With a 10-foot birdie putt on the 447-yard, par five 18th hole, she moved back to even par as she made the turn. Duncan ran into a little trouble on the first hole as she hit a 4-iron to the right and got imbedded in the mud and wasn't able to get relief. She then chipped into the bunker and two-putted for a double-bogey to move to two-over-par.
Duncan came right back for a birdie on the 165-yard, par three second hole as she hit a 7-iron to within 15-feet and made her putt. She gave a stroke back on the next hole with her final bogey of the day on the second hole as she hit her approach in the bunker and didn't get it up and down.
Over the next five holes, Duncan hit it solid but had three lip-outs for birdie. She closed her sophomore season with a birdie on the ninth hole as she hit her 4-iron to within three feet and drained the putt for birdie.
"I did not for one second get down on myself," commented Duncan on her round today. "I didn't hit a lot of greens today, but I had a lot of up-and-downs which kept me going. I never gave up."
For the day, Duncan hit 14 fairways, 11 greens and had 28 putts.
Duncan totaled rounds of 72, 75, 70 and 73 for a total of 289, which tied for eighth. Taking home the individual title was Austin Ernst with a seven-under-par, 281. UCLA won the team title with a four-day total of 1173.
"Excited is a really good word to describe it," said Duncan on her sophomore year and looking ahead to the future. "It has been a great year, it has been a long year. At the same time it feels like it has gone by really fast. There have been a lot of really good memories. I am very excited to get to work on my game this summer and come back next year even stronger."
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