Laetitia Beck, the seventh-ranked Duke women’s golf team opened the Cougar Classic in eighth place at the 6,541 yard, Par 71 Yeamans Hall Club in Charleston, S.C.DURHAM, N.C. - Led by a first round five-under-par, 67, by sophomore
Beck registered a team-best six birdies on the day and moved to three-under-par through four holes and went to four-under, after totaling a birdie on the 154-yard, par three 12th hole. She closed with one bogey and two birdies over her final five holes to finish with a 67. A native of Caesarea, Israel, Beck had a team-best 29 putts on the day, while hitting 16 greens and 12 fairways. She is tied with Austin Ernst and Tessa Teachman of Louisiana State for second place.
“I was really happy for Laetitia,” said Duke Head Coach Dan Brooks. “She is learning how to score and I am real excited about that. She has always been a physical talent and she is getting better and better in the mental side of her game.”
Leading the individual action is Eric Popson of Tennessee with a six-under-par, 66.
Taking the team lead through 18 holes was Louisiana State (284), while Alabama (280), Florida (284), North Carolina (285), North Carolina State (287), Alabama (287), Tennessee (289), Vanderbilt (290), Duke (292), College of Charleston (293) and Georgia (295) rounded out the top 10.
“It is a first time we have seen this golf course,” said Brooks. “It is a good course. I think we gave up some shots -- missing it in the wrong places on a hard golf course. Hopefully we have learned a lot today and we will be able to have a little less severe punishment from our errors tomorrow.”
Junior Lindy Duncan collected a two-over-par, 74, on Sunday and is tied for 37th, individually. A two-time All-America, Duncan notched four birdies and four bogeys on the day along with a double bogey. Duncan, who is from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., opened her morning with bogeys on the first and third holes before registering birdies on No. 4, No. 5 and No. 8 on her way to making the turn with a one-under-par, 35. She went four-over on holes 11-14 before closing the final four holes at one-under-par. Duncan had 34 putts to go along with 10 fairways and 13 greens in regulation.
Sophomore Alejandra Cangrejo turned in round of 75 and is tied for 47th, after carding three birdies on Sunday. A product of Bogota, Columbia, Cangrejo had 31 putts, 11 greens and hit 10 fairways on the day as she played the final nine holes at even par.
Junior Stacey Kim enters the second round tied for 59th with a 76, while freshman Irene Jung is tied for 70th with a 77. Kim, who is from Columbus, Ga., played the front nine at even par with three birdies and three bogeys, struggled on the way into the clubhouse with birdies on No. 16, No. 17 and No. 18.
A product of Bedford , Nova Scotia, Canada, Jung struggled with her putter on Sunday as she turned in 37 putts, while hitting 13 of 14 fairways and 14 greens.
Playing as an individual, junior Courtney Ellenbogen shot an 81 in round one. As a team, the Blue Devils carded 17 birdies.
The Blue Devils will tee off in the second round on Monday beginning at 12:00 p.m., along with Alabama and Vanderbilt on hole No. 10.
“It is not particularly demanding off the tee, but some of the approach shots are pretty demanding,” said Brooks on how the course is playing. “If you can get the ball on the green -- the greens are pretty good. If you can get the ball on the surface and just get your putter hot, you can go low.”
Live Scoring will be available at www.Golfstat.com.
• Stacey Kim had 33 putts, 11 fairways and 11 greens on the day.
• Freshman Irene Jung made her collegiate debut playing at the No. 1 position.
• Courtney Ellenbogen had a team-high 38 putts, while hitting 11 greens and 10 fairways.
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