WILMINGTON, N.C. - The top-ranked Duke women's golf team opened the 2012 Landfall Tradition on Friday with a five-over-par, 293, and is in second place overall with 36 holes remaining at the 6,138-yard, par 72 Country Club of Landfall in Wilmington, N.C.
The Blue Devils trail only Oklahoma State (292) by one stroke, while Duke (293), Purdue (294), Texas Tech (294), Notre Dame (296), Michigan State (297), UNCW (300), N.C. State (300), Wake Forest (300) and Iowa State (301) round out the top 10.
Freshman Celine Boutier registered Duke's best round of the day as the product of France carded a one-under-par, 71, and is tied for fifth overall. Boutier opened the day on fire with four birdies over her first six holes and went on to notch a total of six birdies on the day. She played her final 12 holes at two-over-par. All five of her birdies were putts of 15 feet and under, while hitting 10 greens, 11 fairways and had 29 putts. Her one-under-par ledger on the par threes was tied for a tournament best on Friday.
Leading the individual action is Kimberly Kauffman of Texas Tech with a five-under-par, 67.
Junior Laetitia Beck totaled an even -par, 72, on day one and is tied for 11th overall. A native of Caesarea, Israel, had a slow start with three bogeys over her first six holes, but got hot over her final 12 holes as she notched four birdies on No. 7, No. 9, No. 16 and No. 17. She played her final 12 holes at three-under-par.
Lindy Duncan, who is from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., turned in a 74 on Friday and is tied for 23rd overall. She was one-under-par through 11 holes but finished the day with a three-over-par ledger over the final seven holes. She hit 11 fairways, 13 greens and had 33 putts in her round.
Junior Alejandra Cangrejo and sophomore Irene Jung closed the Blue Devil lineup with a 76 and 79, respectively. Cangrejo, who is a product of Bogota, Colombia, played her final six holes of the day at one-under-par, which included three key par putts. She hit 10 greens, nine fairways and had 29 putts.
Playing as an individual, senior Stacey Kim collected a team-best six birdies as she carded a one-over-par, 73. She is tied for 15th overall with two days remaining. Kim, who is out of Columbus, Ohio, had an up-and-down start with a birdie on No. 10, followed by a double-bogey and two bogeys to move to three-over-par. She then had a very impressive next six holes with five birdies to go to two-under-par with eight holes left. Kim closed with three bogeys over her final six holes.
Duke will tee off on Saturday in the second round beginning at 10:10 a.m., along with Oklahoma State and Purdue.