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Sandy Choi
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Sandy Choi
Blue Devils Move to Second at NCAA East Regional
Sunday 05/09/2014  -  Duke Sports Information
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – With one day remaining at the NCAA East Regional, the top-seeded and third-ranked Duke women’s golf team sits in second place overall and six shots off the lead at the 6,257-yard, par 72 SouthWood Golf Club in Tallahassee, Fla.  

Vanderbilt carded a one-over-par, 289, Friday and holds a six-stroke lead with a 10-over-par, 566.  The Blue Devils are second with a 572, after totaling rounds of 284 Thursday and even-par, 288, in the second round.  

“I just told the team that I was really proud of them,” said Duke head coach Dan Brooks.  “The wind kicked up today and I really think it needed to kick up on this golf course.  For this to be a regional championship, I think we needed it to be more difficult.  You saw South Carolina, who is a very good team, played better today.  We played better relative to the field today.  Hopefully tomorrow will be tough conditions again and that is going to help us determine the eight best teams to go to the national championship.”

South Carolina shot the low round of the day, 283, to move into a tie for third along with Tulane at 574, while Virginia (575), Stanford (577), NC State (580), Campbell (581), Florida State (585) and Pepperdine (587) rounded out the top 10.  The top eight teams following Saturday’s final round advance to the NCAA Championship.  

The second round featured tougher conditions as the wind picked up and more challenging pin positions.  

On the individual leaderboard, the Blue Devils feature two out of the top three with freshman Sandy Choi and sophomore Celine Boutier at four-under-par (140).  The Duke duo is only one shot behind Mariah Stackhouse of Stanford, who holds a one shot lead at 5-under-par (139).  

Choi, who is out of San Diego, Calif., carded a career-best four-under-par, 68, in the second round to move from tied 28th to tied second.  The round of 68 was the low round of the day, after the rookie carded four birdies over her final nine holes and a total of five on the day.  Duke started the day on hole 10 and Choi posted her first birdie on the par five.  She went on to make eight straight pars, including her second straight sand save on the 163-yard, par three 17th, before opening the final nine with back-to-back birdies on No. 1 and No. 2.  

“My putting was really good and then my short game was good,” said Choi about her round of 68.  “My shots were a little off but I think my putting saved most of my shots.  I don’t think I missed any fairways, I had 26 putts which was really good and I didn’t miss any up-and-downs.”

She netted a birdie on No. 4, had a three-putt bogey on the fifth hole and totaled three consecutive pars.  Choi had her final birdie of the day on the eighth and got up-and-down for the fifth time on No. 9 to close with her first collegiate round in the 60s.  She hit 13 fairways, 12 greens and had 26 putts on the day.  

“Just very, very solid golf,” commented Brooks on the play of Choi.  “I actually didn’t watch a lot of her round today, but I had my scouts out there watching and they gave me her stats.  They said it was just boring golf and that is really what I have been preaching this whole tournament.  She hit 12 greens, 14 fairways and had 26 putts.  She played the percentages and shot four under in the process.”

Continuing to hover around the top of the leaderboard was Boutier, who is riding a three-tournament win streak with 18 holes remaining at the regional.  She started her round by getting on the 498-yard, par five 10th hole in two, but three-putted for par.  On the 11th hole, Boutier three-putted once again for bogey, but notched her first of five birdies on No. 12 to remain even par.  After hitting her drive in the hazard, she suffered a double-bogey on the 13th, but came back to play her final 14 holes at one-under-par, including a bogey for the second straight day on her final hole to finish with a one-over-par, 73.  

Senior Laetitia Beck turned in a very solid round with 14 pars, two birdies and two bogeys Friday and will enter the final day tied 37th with a 147.  On her opening nine holes, Beck had eight pars and a bogey on No. 17.  The Caesarea, Israel product opened her final nine with back-to-back birdies on No. 1 and No. 2 to move to one-under.  A bogey on the third hole followed with six consecutive pars closed her day with an even-par, 72.  She hit 15 greens, 10 fairways and had 32 putts.  

Holding a one-under-par score with only four holes remaining, Blue Devil senior Alejandra Cangrejo closed with two bogeys and a double-bogey to post a three-over-par, 75.  She is tied 37th overall with a 147.  Cangrejo, who is from Bogota, Colombia, held a one-over-par, 37, on her first nine and then turned it on with birdies on both par fives, No. 1 and No. 4.  She three-putted hole six for bogey, then had a bogey on No. 8 and a double-bogey to finish the day with a 75.  Cangrejo hit 12 greens, six fairways and had 33 putts on the day.  

Duke freshman Yu Liu, who entered the week ranked No. 4 nationally and finished in the top 10 of all eight tournaments, finds herself in unfamiliar territory as she shot a career-worst, 84, Friday and is tied 109th overall with a 157.  After carding seven birdies in day one, Liu was held to only one in the second round.  She hit 10 greens, five fairways and had 34 putts.

The Blue Devils carded 16 birdies on day two.  Duke will tee off Saturday in the final round beginning at 8:51 p.m., along with Tulane and Vanderbilt.  

“Our team is in great position right now,” said Choi.  “I think we have the capability to go really low tomorrow.  Just more putts dropping, hitting more fairways and getting up and downs will be perfect for us.”

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Duke Results
T28 T2 Sandy Choi Duke 72 68 140 -4
2 T2 Celine Boutier Duke 67 73 140 -4
T70 T37 Laetitia Beck Duke 75 72 147 +3
T28 T37 Alejandra Cangrejo Duke 72 75 147 +3
T46 T109 Yu Liu Duke 73 84 157 +13

1 2 Team Scores
1 1 Vanderbilt 277 289 566 -10
4 2 Duke 284 288 572 -4
T11 T3 South Carolina 291 283 574 -2
2 T3 Tulane 280 294 574 -2
3 5 Virginia 283 292 575 -1
T11 6 Stanford 291 286 577 +1
5 7 NC State 286 294 580 +4
T11 8 Campbell 291 290 581 +5
T9 9 Florida State 290 295 585 +9
T9 10 Pepperdine 290 297 587 +11
T6 11 Texas State 289 299 588 +12
T6 12 East Tennessee St. 289 300 589 +13
T6 T13 UCF 289 303 592 +16
T18 T13 East Carolina 297 295 592 +16
20 T15 Georgia 298 296 594 +18
14 T15 Auburn 293 301 594 +18
T15 17 Louisville 295 301 596 +20
T18 18 Baylor 297 300 597 +21
T15 19 Kentucky 295 304 599 +23
22 20 Seton Hall 302 301 603 +27
17 21 Troy 296 308 604 +28
21 22 College of Charleston 299 308 607 +31
23 23 Murray State 307 316 623 +47
24 24 Alabama State Univ. 315 314 629 +53

Start Finish Player Team Scores
T3 1 Mariah Stackhouse Stanford 68 71 139 -5
T28 T2 Sandy Choi Duke 72 68 140 -4
2 T2 Celine Boutier Duke 67 73 140 -4
T9 T4 Matilda Castren Florida State 69 72 141 -3
T3 T4 Jenny Hahn Vanderbilt 68 73 141 -3
T9 T4 Grace Na Pepperdine 69 72 141 -3
T3 T4 Simin Feng Vanderbilt 68 73 141 -3
T46 T8 Tahnia Ravnjak Campbell 73 69 142 -2
T19 T8 Maty Monzingo Texas State 71 71 142 -2
T13 T8 Gemma Dryburgh Tulane 70 72 142 -2
T9 T8 Augusta James NC State 69 73 142 -2
T13 T8 Lauren Coughlin Virginia 70 72 142 -2
T13 T8 Kaew Preamchuen * Kennesaw State 70 72 142 -2
T13 T8 Irina Gabasa Vanderbilt 70 72 142 -2
T19 T15 Lisbeth Brooks Campbell 71 72 143 -1
T28 T15 Hayley Davis Baylor 72 71 143 -1
T3 T15 Gabriella Wahl East Tennessee St. 68 75 143 -1
T28 T15 Briana Mao Virginia 72 71 143 -1
1 T15 Emily Penttila Tulane 65 78 143 -1
T28 T15 Kendall Martindale Vanderbilt 72 71 143 -1
T46 T15 Samantha Swinehart South Carolina 73 70 143 -1
T46 T15 Casey Danielson Stanford 73 70 143 -1
T19 T15 Marissa Chow Pepperdine 71 72 143 -1
T19 T24 Antonia Scherer Vanderbilt 71 73 144 E
T28 T24 Lauren Kim Stanford 72 72 144 E
T19 T24 Sarah Schmelzel South Carolina 71 73 144 E
T28 T27 Harang Lee Georgia 72 73 145 +1
T28 T27 F. Gustafsson Spang East Carolina 72 73 145 +1
T46 T27 Lindsay McGetrick NC State 73 72 145 +1
T19 T27 Elizabeth Brightwell Virginia 71 74 145 +1
T13 T27 Lauren Diaz-Yi Virginia 70 75 145 +1
T70 T27 Justine Dreher South Carolina 75 70 145 +1
T28 T33 Sian Evans East Tennessee St. 72 74 146 +2
T19 T33 Tara Lyons Louisville 71 75 146 +2
T28 T33 Fatima Fern Cano Troy 72 74 146 +2
T87 T33 Katelyn Dambaugh South Carolina 76 70 146 +2
T46 T37 Kaylin Yost Campbell 73 74 147 +3
T60 T37 Louise Gateau-Chovelon Baylor 74 73 147 +3
T87 T37 Belen Goicoechea Tulane 76 71 147 +3
T70 T37 Lydia Gumm Florida State 75 72 147 +3
T3 T37 Brittany Marchand NC State 68 79 147 +3
T3 T37 Lori Beth Adams * UNC Wilmington 68 79 147 +3
T70 T37 Laetitia Beck Duke 75 72 147 +3
T28 T37 Alejandra Cangrejo Duke 72 75 147 +3
T19 T37 Ashley Holder UCF 71 76 147 +3
T70 T46 Sammi Lee Georgia 75 73 148 +4
T46 T46 Silvia Garces Tulane 73 75 148 +4
T60 T46 Alex Harrell Auburn 74 74 148 +4
T70 T46 Cylia Damerau Kentucky 75 73 148 +4
T28 T46 Madison Opfer Tulane 72 76 148 +4
T19 T46 Alex Milan Florida State 71 77 148 +4
T46 T46 Haley Mills Kentucky 73 75 148 +4
T60 T46 Monifa Sealy UCF 74 74 148 +4
T9 T46 Fanny Cnops UCF 69 79 148 +4
T70 T55 Laura Restrepo Louisville 75 74 149 +5
T60 T55 Rocio Sanchez Lobato Georgia 74 75 149 +5
T46 T55 Katie Petrino Louisville 73 76 149 +5
T60 T55 Fanny Wolte East Carolina 74 75 149 +5
T70 T55 Iman Nordin Texas State 75 74 149 +5
T70 T55 Laura Fuenfstueck College of Charleston 75 74 149 +5
T13 T55 Lora Assad Texas State 70 79 149 +5
T46 T55 Alison Kruse Seton Hall 73 76 149 +5
T28 T55 Delaney Howson Murray State 72 77 149 +5
T60 T55 Marta Sanz Auburn 74 75 149 +5
T28 T55 Clara Baena Auburn 72 77 149 +5
T60 T55 Christina Vosters * Penn State 74 75 149 +5
T70 T55 Kristine Odaiyar UCF 75 74 149 +5
T46 T68 Lejan Lewthwaite Texas State 73 77 150 +6
T28 T68 Taylor McGraw Troy 72 78 150 +6
T70 T68 Jenelle Kraakman Alabama State Univ. 75 75 150 +6
T87 T68 Ana Menendez NC State 76 74 150 +6
T28 T68 Liz Breed Kentucky 72 78 150 +6
T28 T68 Abby Newton * Mississippi 72 78 150 +6
T28 T68 Suzie Lee South Carolina 72 78 150 +6
T87 T75 Louise Latorre Campbell 76 75 151 +7
T70 T75 Vivienne Chin East Tennessee St. 75 76 151 +7
T87 T75 Lane Gakeler East Carolina 76 75 151 +7
T99 T75 Megan Tenhundfeld Seton Hall 77 74 151 +7
T70 T75 Erin McClure Seton Hall 75 76 151 +7
T46 T75 Victoria Trapani Auburn 73 78 151 +7
T87 T75 Ellen Ceresko * Penn State 76 75 151 +7
T109 T75 Marissa Mar Stanford 78 73 151 +7
T46 T75 Alina Ching Pepperdine 73 78 151 +7
T87 T84 Emily Haas Louisville 76 76 152 +8
T60 T84 Nadine White Campbell 74 78 152 +8
T99 T84 Manuela Carbajo Re Georgia 77 75 152 +8
T60 T84 Linda Dobele East Tennessee St. 74 78 152 +8
T60 T84 Louise Olsson College of Charleston 74 78 152 +8
T99 T84 Diana Fernandez Auburn 77 75 152 +8
T46 T84 Lacey Fears * Mercer University 73 79 152 +8
T99 T84 Liv Cheng Pepperdine 77 75 152 +8
T120 T92 Nico Engstroem Skaug East Carolina 81 72 153 +9
T70 T92 Hadas Libman Baylor 75 78 153 +9
T87 T92 Ali Cowan Texas State 76 77 153 +9
T70 T92 Becca Horner Troy 75 78 153 +9
T109 T92 Rachael Taylor NC State 78 75 153 +9
T114 T92 Carlton Kuhlo Florida State 79 74 153 +9
T114 T98 Amira Alexander Georgia 79 75 154 +10
T70 T98 Katie Kirk East Carolina 75 79 154 +10
T28 T98 Mary Chandler Bryan College of Charleston 72 82 154 +10
T87 T98 Sarah Harris Kentucky 76 78 154 +10
T70 T98 Anna Böhmer Florida State 75 79 154 +10
T99 T103 Maggie Beth Byers Baylor 77 78 155 +11
T87 T103 Laura Lonardi Baylor 76 79 155 +11
T117 T103 Karlie Zabrosky Seton Hall 80 75 155 +11
T114 T103 Mariko Tumangan Stanford 79 76 155 +11
T109 T107 Morgan Webber College of Charleston 78 78 156 +12
T99 T107 Sydney Trimble Murray State 77 79 156 +12
123 T109 Lourdes Lopez East Tennessee St. 82 75 157 +13
T99 T109 Hannah Basalone Seton Hall 77 80 157 +13
T117 T109 Portland Rosen Virginia 80 77 157 +13
T70 T109 Ale Walker Kentucky 75 82 157 +13
T109 T109 Somin Lee Pepperdine 78 79 157 +13
T87 T109 Kaitlyn Price UCF 76 81 157 +13
T46 T109 Yu Liu Duke 73 84 157 +13
T117 T116 Julia Neumann College of Charleston 80 78 158 +14
T99 T116 Langley Vannoy Troy 77 81 158 +14
T109 T116 Brooklyn Kraakman Alabama State Univ. 78 80 158 +14
T99 T116 Dismary Marquez Alabama State Univ. 77 81 158 +14
T87 T120 Shannon Gramley Louisville 76 83 159 +15
T120 T120 Brooke Spinks Troy 81 78 159 +15
T120 T120 Abbi Stamper Murray State 81 78 159 +15
T99 T120 Jackie Van Meter Murray State 77 82 159 +15
125 124 Sylvia Masango Alabama State Univ. 85 78 163 +19
124 125 Sophie Hillier Murray State 83 85 168 +24
126 126 Shanon Spinuzzi Alabama State Univ. 87 91 178 +34
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