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Blue Devils Finish Third At NCAA Championship; Blumenherst Finishes Fifth
Tuesday 05/23/2008  -  Duke Sports Information
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Jennie Lee had a hole-in-one on her third hole of the day

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Duke women’s golf team saved its best golf for the final day as the Blue Devils carded a tournament-best seven-under-par, 281, on Friday at the NCAA Championship and jumped from eighth to third at the 6,424-Yard, Par 72 University of New Mexico Championship Golf Course in Albuquerque, N.M.

Southern California continued to play solid golf and won the NCAA title by six strokes over UCLA with a 72-hole total of 1168.  UCLA was second with a 1174, while Duke (1180), Purdue (1188), Arizona State (1189), Denver (1191), Texas A&M (1191), Arkansas (1194), Florida (1196), Georgia (1197) and Wake Forest (1197) rounding out the top 10 teams.

Taking home the individual title was Arizona State’s Azahara Munoz as she won in a playoff against UCLA’s Tiffany Joh.  The duo finished the tournament with a four-day total of one-under-par, 287. 

As a team, the Blue Devils totaled rounds of 299, 300, 300 and 281, but didn’t get the putts to start dropping until the final day.  The round included a hole-in-one by Jennie Lee on the No. 12 and an eagle from the fairway on No. 8 by Amanda Blumenherst.

Duke kicked off the round on fire after teeing off on No. 10 as Lee registered birdie, birdie and ace on the first three holes.  Combine Lee’s four-under-par on the first three holes, freshman Kim Donovan also notched a birdie on her third hole, No. 12.  Duke had made five strokes up and were only 13 shots off Southern California’s lead before weather forced yet another delay at 2:30 p.m., which was the story of the championship.

After the hour and 12 minute delay, Blumenherst rolled in a birdie putt on No. 11, but bogeys by Jennifer Pandolfi on No. 11 and No. 13, a double-bogey by Donovan on No. 14 and Alison Whitaker’s bogey, double-bogey on No. 14 and No. 15, respectively, brought the Blue Devils back to even par for the day.  The team held it together though and saved some incredible golf for the final nine holes. 

The foursome of Blumenherst, Donovan, Lee and Whitaker carded a nine-under-par final nine holes on their way to finishing in third place, overall, and only 12 strokes off the lead, which was eight shots better than before the final round started.  The finish marked the fifth straight year Duke has finished third or better and the ninth time out of the last 11 years the Blue Devils have finished in the top five.

Looking for her 32nd straight top 10 finish of her three-year career, Blumenherst needed to make up strokes to keep the streak going as she was tied for 14th heading into the day and was tied for 15th after she made the turn on Friday. 

Coming off a double-bogey on her ninth hole as she made the turn, Blumenherst flipped a switch and went to another gear as she collected birdies on No. 1, No. 3 and No. 7.  She was tied for 11th with two holes remaining and calmly hit a gap wedge from 103 yards.  The ball hit above the pin and rolled back eight feet and into the hole for eagle.  With the two on the scorecard, Blumenherst jumped into a tie for fifth place.  She went on to par the final hole to close with a 68 and finish with a 72-hole total of 291 (75-71-77-68), which was tied for fifth.  Blumenherst had 29 putts, hit 13 fairways and hit 15 greens, including all nine during her final nine holes.

Blumenherst’s top five placement marks the 11th consecutive top five finish of the season and 14th straight dating back to last season.  In 11 tournaments this season, she did not finish out of the top five and closed with a 71.00 stroke average, which tied her own school record from last season.

After opening her first three holes at four-under-par, Lee, pared the next four holes before suffering bogeys on No. 17 and No. 1.  She registered a birdie on the 520-yard, par five fifth before closing the day with two pars, a bogey and a birdie on her final hole, No. 9.  On the day, she hit 11 fairways, 12 greens and had only 29 putts, which was the fewest by Lee all week.  For the tournament, Lee was tied for 15th with a 295. 

Going back to Lee’s hole-in-one on the 175-yard, par three 12th, she hit a hybrid that landed on the front of the green and took a couple of bounces before rolling into the cup. It was her second hole-in-one of her collegiate career as she also hit one in the practice round at the 2006 NCAA Championship in Columbus, Ohio.

Collecting her best round in NCAA Championship action was Donovan, who finished with a one-under-par, 71.  She concluded the tournament tied for 41st with a 301.  In her final round, Donovan opened with two pars and a birdie on No. 12, but suffered a double-bogey on the 13th and a bogey on No. 15 to drop back to two-over-par.  The Hopkinton, Mass., product didn’t let down as she chipped in for birdie on No. 17 with a 52-degree wedge. 

Donovan made the turn at one-over-par, 37, and turned it on during the back nine.  She registered four consecutive pars and then totaled birdies on No. 5 and No. 7.  Donovan had her second chip-in of the day on No. 5 with a 57-degree wedge.  She suffered a bogey on the eighth hole, but closed her round with a 25-foot birdie putt on the 454-yard, par five ninth.  Her five birdies on the day was a team best.  Donovan had 27 putts, hit 10 fairways and hit 11 greens on the day.

Playing with an upset stomach the entire day, Whitaker played great golf despite suffering her only bogey and double-bogey on back-to-back holes on the front nine.  The Melbourne, Australia product made the turn at three-over-par, 39, but fired a two-under-par, 34, on her final nine to finish with a 73.  For the championship, Whitaker placed tied for 68th with a 307. 

Concluding her college career on Friday was Pandolfi, who struggled with a 78 to finish tied for 54th with a 304.  She did not post any birdies in the final round for the first time all week, while notching three bogeys and six pars on both sides.  A native of Navarre, Fla., Pandolfi closed her career with three NCAA Championships and four ACC Championships, which isn’t bad in four years.

For the day, Duke notched 15 birdies, one hole-in-one and one eagle from the fairway.  The Blue Devils will return four golfers and welcome in one of the top junior golfers in the country, Mina Harigae, in 2008-09 as Head Coach Dan Brooks enters his 25th season at the helm.

Duke Quotes:

Dan Brooks
“Duke played golf today. We had putts fall in, chips go in.  I saw two chip-ins and some long putts drop.  Gosh, yea, that it is it -- that is finally what we do.  I got to watch that today and we all got to experience it today.  We all wish we had another day because we started to play golf today.”

“I’m extremely proud of this team, the way they sustained their belief all the way to the very end.  We didn’t play this last day for anything other than to win this championship -- all the way to the end.  We believed that things could flip at anytime and I could feel that from every single player.  They were not playing to move up in place -- that is not what they were doing.  They were playing because they knew that anytime the birdies could start rolling in and the bogeys could roll in for the other teams.  There were always hope for the win.  I was very impressed with that.”

Jennie Lee

Just talk about you’re round today and talk about your ace:
“Well, I had a really good start. I had two birdies and I had a really good shot and the green was elevated so I couldn’t see everyone jumping up and down, so I just thought we had a hole in one, but I had to double check when I got up there and then we had a rain delay, but the rest of it was good you just had to take it hole by hole because you just didn’t know when the weather was going to roll in. So, I just tried really hard to stay calm and patient.”

Talk about what you were thinking when you thought you just hit an ace:
“Well, the first time I came down and I had a hole in one at Ohio State during a practice round, so it was like my second one at NCAAs, but it was my first one in a tournament, so it was pretty good.”

Amanda Blumenherst
“Of course, coming into this tournament we wanted a team victory.  I was a little disappointed, but [we finished in] third place -- we came back.  We shot seven-under today and so that is exciting.  It shows that we have the talent -- we just put it together.”

On the stellar back nine:
“That double [bogey on No. 18] is almost probably the best thing that happen.  It really got me angry and I was ready to just tear up the backside.  I was going to stay patient and not going to try to force anything.  On No. 1, I knew I was going to make birdie before I even teed it up.”

On the eagle:
“It was awesome.  It was 103 yards and I hit a little gap wedge and spun it back about eight feet into the hole.”


Duke Notes:
•  Jennie Lee has finished in the top 15 in all three NCAA Championship appearances -- 2nd as a freshman and seventh as a sophomore.

•  Amanda Blumenherst’s eagle was the fifth of the season and eighth of her career at Duke.  Jennie Lee’s hole-in-one (eagle) was her second eagle of the season and third of her Blue Devil career.

•  Amanda Blumenherst’s round of 68 in the final round tied the Duke record for best final round score in a NCAA Championship (Candy Hannemann in 2002).

•  Duke’s final round of seven-under-par, 281, broke the Blue Devil record for best fourth round in NCAA Championship action (previous was 287 in 2002).

•  Amanda Blumenherst and Jennie Lee’s rounds in the 60s marks the ninth and 10th times in Duke history a Blue Devil has shot in the 60s during NCAA Championship action.

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rank team scores
1 Southern California 284 300 295 289 1168 +16
2 UCLA 289 295 298 292 1174 +22
3 Duke 299 300 300 281 1180 +28
4 Purdue 298 304 303 283 1188 +36
5 Arizona State 290 301 301 297 1189 +37
T6 Denver, Univ. of 293 294 308 296 1191 +39
T6 Texas A&M University 295 299 299 298 1191 +39
8 Arkansas, U. of 298 297 302 297 1194 +42
9 Florida, U of 301 299 297 299 1196 +44
T10 Georgia 297 303 303 294 1197 +45
T10 Wake Forest 293 306 306 292 1197 +45
T12 Auburn 289 315 309 302 1215 +63
T12 Virginia 296 317 301 301 1215 +63
T12 Alabama, U. of 296 311 306 302 1215 +63
15 Louisiana State 300 315 312 295 1222 +70
16 UNLV 314 297 304 308 1223 +71
T17 TCU 298 310 312 307 1227 +75
T17 Texas 298 319 309 301 1227 +75
T19 Oklahoma State 294 312 307 315 1228 +76
T19 Tulsa 297 317 310 304 1228 +76
21 UC Davis 298 319 315 302 1234 +82
22 South Carolina 306 316 310 303 1235 +83
23 Arizona 307 309 314 310 1240 +88
24 Furman University 312 313 315 313 1253 +101

Start Finish Player Team Scores
1 T1 Azahara Munoz Arizona State 69 72 73 73 287 -1
T2 T1 Tiffany Joh UCLA 74 69 72 72 287 -1
4 3 Garrett Phillips Georgia 71 74 71 73 289 +1
T2 4 Belen Mozo Southern California 69 71 75 75 290 +2
T9 T5 Stephanie Sherlock Denver, Univ. of 71 73 77 70 291 +3
T7 T5 Anna Nordqvist Arizona State 75 73 72 71 291 +3
T14 T5 Amanda Blumenherst Duke 75 71 77 68 291 +3
T7 T8 Stacy Lewis Arkansas, U. of 73 72 75 72 292 +4
5 T8 Ashley Freeman Texas A&M University 71 72 74 75 292 +4
T14 T8 Dewi Claire Schreefel Southern California 73 78 72 69 292 +4
6 T8 Sydnee Michaels UCLA 69 74 75 74 292 +4
T26 12 Christel Boeljon Purdue 73 77 75 68 293 +5
T14 T13 Caroline Westrup * Florida State Univ. 72 74 77 71 294 +6
T9 T13 Nannette Hill Wake Forest 67 78 76 73 294 +6
T33 T15 Maude-Aimee Leblanc Purdue 72 79 75 69 295 +7
T12 T15 Danielle McVeigh Texas A&M University 73 74 75 73 295 +7
T14 T15 Lizette Salas Southern California 73 77 73 72 295 +7
T14 T15 Glory Yang UCLA 73 75 75 72 295 +7
T33 T15 Jennie Lee Duke 74 79 73 69 295 +7
T22 T20 Kathleen Ekey Alabama, U. of 73 76 75 72 296 +8
T9 T20 Alexandra Phelps * New Mexico 69 76 76 75 296 +8
T12 T20 Paola Moreno Southern California 70 77 75 74 296 +8
T44 T23 Ashley Rollins Texas 73 77 77 70 297 +9
T14 T23 Sarah Zwartynski Texas A&M University 72 78 73 74 297 +9
T22 T23 Lucy Nunn Arkansas, U. of 76 77 71 73 297 +9
T33 T23 Cydney Clanton Auburn 74 75 77 71 297 +9
T52 27 Tiffany Chudy Florida, U of 76 77 75 70 298 +10
T22 T28 Alison Walshe Arizona 76 74 74 75 299 +11
T26 T28 Stefanie Kenoyer Furman University 76 74 75 74 299 +11
T33 T28 Lene Krog Virginia 70 82 74 73 299 +11
T58 T28 Junthima Gulyanamitta Purdue 79 75 75 70 299 +11
T33 T28 Natalie Sheary Wake Forest 74 76 76 73 299 +11
T22 T28 Katie Kempter Denver, Univ. of 73 72 79 75 299 +11
T33 T34 Alice Kim UC Davis 73 74 79 74 300 +12
T26 T34 Therese Koelbaek UNLV 75 76 74 75 300 +12
T33 T34 Jennie Arseneault Virginia 71 79 76 74 300 +12
T62 T34 Lauren Doughtie * North Carolina St. 76 80 74 70 300 +12
T26 T34 Laura Crawford Wake Forest 77 74 74 75 300 +12
T33 T34 Stefanie Endstrasser Southern California 72 75 79 74 300 +12
T14 T34 Ornella Jouven Florida, U of 77 72 74 77 300 +12
T44 T41 Camila Mori South Carolina 78 73 76 74 301 +13
T44 T41 Dawn Shockley Denver, Univ. of 78 76 73 74 301 +13
T26 T41 Maria Hernandez Purdue 74 73 78 76 301 +13
T44 T41 Maria Jose Uribe UCLA 73 77 77 74 301 +13
T62 T41 Kimberly Donovan Duke 77 74 79 71 301 +13
T26 T46 Michaela Cavener Tulsa 73 76 76 77 302 +14
T44 T46 Krystle Caithness Georgia 76 74 77 75 302 +14
T71 T48 Benedicte Toumpsin South Carolina 76 79 76 72 303 +15
T58 T48 Valentine Derrey TCU 77 80 72 74 303 +15
T62 T48 Sara-Maude Juneau * Louisville, Univ. of 75 78 77 73 303 +15
T26 T48 Chelsea Benton Denver, Univ. of 72 73 80 78 303 +15
T52 T48 Kelli Shean Arkansas, U. of 76 74 78 75 303 +15
T14 T48 Jessica Yadloczky Florida, U of 75 74 74 80 303 +15
T89 T54 Megan McChrystal Louisiana State 73 78 83 70 304 +16
T52 T54 Amalie Valle Louisiana State 74 79 75 76 304 +16
T58 T54 Camilla Lennarth Alabama, U. of 71 80 78 75 304 +16
T52 T54 Amanda Johnson Oklahoma State 73 80 75 76 304 +16
T33 T54 Natasha Krishna UNLV 80 74 72 78 304 +16
T52 T54 Helena Blomberg Alabama, U. of 74 75 79 76 304 +16
T81 T54 Carolina Andrade Georgia 77 78 78 71 304 +16
T44 T54 Juliana Murcia Arizona State 73 79 75 77 304 +16
T33 T54 Jennifer Pandolfi Duke 73 79 74 78 304 +16
T71 T63 Rebecca Kuhn Louisiana State 76 75 80 74 305 +17
T58 T63 Margaret Shirley Auburn 71 80 78 76 305 +17
T33 T65 Tammy Clelland Oklahoma State 73 80 73 80 306 +18
T44 T65 Melissa Loh TCU 74 76 77 79 306 +18
T62 T65 Hannah Yun Florida, U of 73 83 74 76 306 +18
T71 T68 Kristin Walla Texas 74 82 75 76 307 +19
T62 T68 Prisela Campbell TCU 72 77 81 77 307 +19
T71 T68 Kelly Fuchik Tulsa 76 81 74 76 307 +19
T44 T68 Pernilla Lindberg Oklahoma State 76 72 79 80 307 +19
T62 T68 Kristin Ingram Arkansas, U. of 73 79 78 77 307 +19
T89 T68 Alison Whitaker Duke 82 76 76 73 307 +19
T76 T68 Mallory Hetzel Georgia 75 80 77 75 307 +19
T96 T75 Chelsea Stelzmiller UC Davis 72 83 80 73 308 +20
T62 T75 Angela King * Stanford 75 76 79 78 308 +20
T62 T75 Candace Schepperle Auburn 69 82 79 78 308 +20
T52 T75 Sarah Thead Auburn 75 78 75 80 308 +20
T62 T75 Maiya Tanaka UCLA 75 79 76 78 308 +20
T89 T80 Mary Jacobs Arizona 78 77 79 75 309 +21
T89 T80 Leisl Hasbrouck Tulsa 76 77 81 75 309 +21
T76 T80 Joy Kim Virginia 79 79 74 77 309 +21
T76 T80 Erica Moston * San Jose State Univ 81 73 78 77 309 +21
T81 84 Calle Nielson Virginia 78 77 78 77 310 +22
T81 T85 Tonya Choate UNLV 81 74 78 78 311 +23
T76 T85 Courtney Harter Alabama, U. of 78 80 74 79 311 +23
T71 T85 Alejandra Guacaneme UNLV 78 73 80 80 311 +23
T89 T85 Ellie Givens Denver, Univ. of 77 78 79 77 311 +23
T81 T89 Caney Hines Texas 76 79 78 79 312 +24
T81 T89 Bryana Gregory UC Davis 78 79 76 79 312 +24
T81 T89 Karin Kinnerud Oklahoma State 73 80 80 79 312 +24
T98 T89 Jennifer Osborn Arizona State 73 77 86 76 312 +24
T101 T93 Alexis Rather Louisiana State 77 83 79 75 314 +26
T101 T93 Alejandra Llaneza Arizona 77 80 82 75 314 +26
T89 T93 Carrie Morris TCU 75 77 82 80 314 +26
T101 T96 Bly Worley South Carolina 75 85 79 76 315 +27
100 T96 Mariana Macias Auburn 76 82 80 77 315 +27
T81 T96 Alex Schulte Arkansas, U. of 80 74 79 82 315 +27
T98 T96 Allie Bodemann Wake Forest 75 78 83 79 315 +27
T96 T100 Shannon Fish Texas 75 81 79 81 316 +28
107 T100 Sydney Roughton UC Davis 77 83 80 76 316 +28
T119 T100 Jean Chua Wake Forest 79 86 80 71 316 +28
T76 T100 Innapha Tantanavivat Georgia 75 77 80 84 316 +28
T101 104 Whitney Neuhauser Virginia 77 85 77 78 317 +29
T112 T105 Julia Best Texas 78 83 81 76 318 +30
T108 T105 Corrine Carr Furman University 80 82 79 77 318 +30
T81 T105 Amanda Wilson Arizona 76 78 79 85 318 +30
T112 T105 Lauren Johnson Texas A&M University 79 86 77 76 318 +30
T112 T109 Allyson Ferguson TCU 78 82 82 77 319 +31
T89 T109 Woori Shin Tulsa 72 83 79 85 319 +31
T115 T109 Nicole Schachner Florida, U of 82 76 85 76 319 +31
T101 T112 Ashley Baker Furman University 80 78 81 81 320 +32
T108 T112 Liisa Kelo Arizona State 76 84 81 79 320 +32
T101 T114 Whitney Simons South Carolina 77 83 79 82 321 +33
T108 T114 Stephanie Oukeo Purdue 80 83 78 80 321 +33
T108 T116 Blair Lamb Furman University 79 79 83 81 322 +34
121 T116 Tara Goedeken Tulsa 80 85 81 76 322 +34
118 T118 Caroline Martens Louisiana State 81 85 78 80 324 +36
T115 T118 Sarah Sturm Alabama, U. of 80 81 82 81 324 +36
T115 T118 Miranda Orr Texas A&M University 85 75 83 81 324 +36
T123 121 Kasi Lee UNLV 83 83 83 77 326 +38
122 122 Taylor Barrett South Carolina 84 81 82 81 328 +40
T119 123 Jackie Hilea Furman University 77 88 80 84 329 +41
T123 124 Emily Mason Arizona 81 82 86 85 334 +46
126 - Katie Sisler UC Davis 76 88 W W - -
125 - Jaclyn Sweeney Oklahoma State 75 W W W - -


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