NEW ORLEANS, La. -- Through two rounds of the 2012 Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate Golf Championship, the 13th-ranked Duke women’s golf team owns score of 589 and enters the final round in second place at the 6,105-yard, par 72 English Turn Golf & Country Club in New Orleans, La.
Holding the team lead is Southern California with a nine-over-par, 585, while the Blue Devils have totaled rounds of 295 and 294 for a 13-over-par, 589. With 18 holes remaining, Duke is only four shots back of the Trojans. As a team, the Blue Devils carded six birdies on Monday.
Rounding out the top 10 teams are Colorado (590), Baylor (591), Florida (593), Oregon (596), Texas A&M (598), Alabama (599), Tulane (601) and Florida State (602).
Carding Duke’s best 18-hole ledger on Monday was junior Stacey Kim as she posted an even-par 72 and enters the final round tied for seventh overall with a 146. A product of Columbus, Ga., Kim registered bogeys on holes No. 3 and No. 5 to move to two-over-par. She closed strong playing the final 13 holes at two-under-par with birdies on No. 11 and No. 17. Kim rolled in a 30-foot putt on the 17th to move her score back to ever par. On the day, she hit eight fairways, 10 greens and had only 27 putts.
For the second straight day, junior Lindy Duncan had a slow start with bogeys on the third and sixth holes to drop to two-over-par. Duncan, who is from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., responded with a birdie on the 395-yard, par four seventh, but closed the front nine with a bogey to make the turn at two-over-par, 38. Duncan carded a birdie on No. 10 and registered eight straight pars on the back nine to finish with a 73. She owns back-to-back rounds of 73 for a total of 146, which is tied for seventh overall. Duncan hit 11 fairways and greens, while posting 29 putts.
Leading the tournament is Oregon’s Cassy Isagawa with an eight-under-par, 136, after carding a seven-under-par, 65, on Monday. Lisa McCloskey of Southern California is in second with a 142.
Sophomore Laetitia Beck posted a 73 in the second round and is tied for 10th overall with a 147. She had 28 putts to go along with 12 fairways and nine greens on Monday. Beck, who is out of Caesarea, Israel, totaled 17 pars and one bogey on the ninth hole to post her one-over-par, 73.
Junior Courtney Ellenbogen carded a 76 on Monday and will enter the final round tied for 30th with a 150. She started solid with a birdie on the second hole, but had three bogeys during a span of four holes from No. 4-7 to drop to three-over-par. Ellenbogen, who is from Blacksburg, Va., played the final nine holes at two-over-par with one birdie, two bogeys and six pars.
Sophomore Alejandra Cangrejo continued to struggled on Monday notching a 79 and is tied for 71st overall. Playing as an individual, Irene Jung improved from her first round score to post a 76. She enters the final day tied for 50th with a 154 even though she has hit only 14 greens over the first two days.
Duke will tee off on Tuesday in the final round beginning at 8:00 a.m., with a shotgun start on hole number one along with Southern California and Colorado.
• Lindy Duncan is one-under-par on the back nine through two days.
• Duke is looking for its first victory of the 2011-12 season. The best finish of the season so far has been fifth at the Northrop Grumman Challenge to open the spring.