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Leona Maguire
Blue Devils Feature Strong Start at Tar Heel Invite
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 10/13/2017
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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The 14-time Tar Heel Invitational champion Duke women’s golf team featured a strong start Friday in the first round by carding a five-under-par, 283, and holds a one stroke lead with 36 holes remaining at the 6,379-yard, par 72 Finley Golf Course in Chapel Hill, N.C.

The Blue Devils rolled in 11 birdies over the first nine holes and had as high as a seven-under ledger when they made the turn. After dropping six shots early on the back nine, Duke finished strong with six birdies over the final six holes to regain the lead.

South Carolina (284) is one stroke behind, while Alabama (285), NC State (286), Arkansas (288), Louisville (288), North Carolina (289), Wake Forest (289), Ohio State (292) and Rollins College (296) rounded out the top 10 teams.

Senior Leona Maguire paced the Blue Devils with a three-under-par, 69, Friday and is three strokes off the individual lead. Jennifer Kupcho of Wake Forest and Molly Skapik of Louisville each turned in rounds of six-under-par, 66, to hold the individual lead.

Maguire, who hails from Cavan, Ireland, stuck her approach on the par five third hole to a foot and connected on her first birdie of the day on No. 3. She remained one-under through 10 holes, before getting an unlucky bounce off the fringe on the 388-yard, par four 11th and could not get up-and-down for par. Maguire responded by sinking a two-foot birdie on No. 13 and a 12-footer on No. 14 to get to two-under. After three straight pars, Maguire stuck her approach on No. 18 to three feet and sank her fourth birdie of the day to finish with her 25th career round in the 60s, which is sole possession of second on Duke’s career charts.

Seeing action in her first Tar Heel Invitational, rookie Miranda Wang had the best start of the day for Duke with four birdies on the front nine and a three-under ledger. The native of Beijing, China drilled an 18-foot birdie on No. 1, six-footer on No. 3, short birdie on No. 6 and another long birdie on the ninth. Her short game was stellar on the front nine as she connected on three up-and-downs as well. After missing the green on No. 11 and No. 12, she could not get up-and-down and finished with back-to-back bogeys. Wang had a great approach on the 481-yard, par five 14th, but the ball spun back four feet. It didn’t matter as she rolled in the nine-foot birdie to get back to two-under. She closed with four pars and a bogey on No. 15. Wang had a team-best 28 putts and missed only one fairway.

Junior Virginia Elena Carta was solid all day and held a two-under-par score through 14 holes. She placed her approach shots on No. 3 to one foot and No. 9 to two feet and sank both birdie putts. Carta, who is from Udine, Italy, had a bogey on No. 15 and then three pars to finish the day tied 13th. She hit a team-best 17 greens on the day, but had a team-high 34 putts.

After opening her Duke career with back-to-back top 15 finishes, freshman Jaravee Boonchant turned in an even-par, 72, in round one and is tied 24th. She opened with an up-and-down par on No. 1 and then had a bogey on the second hole, but sank birdies on No. 5 and No. 7 to move into the red digits at 1-under. Bogeys on No. 11 and No. 13 dropped her back to one-over for the day, but rolled in a 23-foot putt on the par five 17th to get back to even for the day. Boonchant, a product of Bangkok, Thailand, hit 13 greens, 12 fairways and had 31 putts.

Sophomore Ana Belac suffered two consecutive bogeys to kick off her round, but went on to play her final 16 holes at one-under-par on her way to finishing with a one-over, 73. Belac, who is from Portoroz, Slovenia, collected birdies on No. 7 (10 feet), No. 9 (12 feet) and No. 18 (five feet). Over the last eight holes, Belac was one-under-par and did not miss a green or fairway.

Duke will tee off Saturday in round two beginning at 10:39 a.m., along with South Carolina and Alabama.

Fans will be able to follow the action live at Golfstat.com.

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Duke Results
-  T3 Leona Maguire  Duke  69          -3 
-  T13 Miranda Wang  Duke  71          -1 
-  T13 Virginia Elena Carta  Duke  71          -1
-  T24 Jaravee Boonchant  Duke  72          E 
-  T34 Ana Belac  Duke  73          +1 

1 Team Scores
1 Duke 283          -5 
2 South Carolina 284          -4 
3 Alabama 285          -3 
4 North Carolina State 286          -2 
T5 Arkansas 288          E 
T5 Louisville 288          E 
T7 North Carolina 289          +1 
T7 Wake Forest 289          +1 
9 Ohio State 292          +4 
10 Rollins College 296          +8 
11 Michigan State 297          +9 
T12 Vanderbilt 298          +10 
T12 Virginia 298          +10 
T14 Michigan 299          +11 
T14 Iowa 299          +11 
16 Tulane  300          +12 
17 UNC Wilmington 303          +15 
18 Virginia Tech 304          +16 

Start Finish Player Team Scores
-  T1 Jennifer Kupcho  Wake Forest  66          -6 
-  T1 Molly Skapik  Louisville  66          -6 
-  T3 Leona Maguire  Duke  69          -3 
-  T3 India Clyburn  North Carolina State  69          -3 
-  T3 Emilia Migliaccio  Wake Forest  69          -3 
-  T3 Sarah Burnham  Michigan State  69          -3 
-  T7 Ainhoa Olarra  South Carolina  70          -2 
-  T7 Ava Bergner  North Carolina  70          -2 
-  T7 Alana Uriell  Arkansas  70          -2 
-  T7 Lakareber Abe  Alabama  70          -2 
-  T7 Kristin Glesne  Iowa  70          -2 
-  T7 Anna Redding  Virginia  70          -2 
-  T13 Marion Veysseyre  South Carolina  71          -1 
-  T13 Brynn Walker  North Carolina  71          -1 
-  T13 Virginia Elena Carta  Duke  71          -1 
-  T13 Siyun Liu  Wake Forest  71          -1 
-  T13 Miranda Wang  Duke  71          -1 
-  T13 Naomi Ko  North Carolina State  71          -1 
-  T13 Lois Kaye Go  South Carolina  71          -1 
-  T13 Alex Wright  Ohio State  71          -1 
-  T13 Dylan Kim  Arkansas  71          -1 
-  T13 Jaclyn Lee  Ohio State  71          -1 
-  T13 Kristen Gillman  Alabama  71          -1 
-  T24 Ana Pelaez  South Carolina  72          E 
-  T24 Jaravee Boonchant  Duke  72          E 
-  T24 Madison Lellyo  Rollins College  72          E 
-  T24 Emily White  Michigan  72          E 
-  T24 Amanda Hollandsworth  Virginia Tech  72          E 
-  T24 Seher Atwal  Rollins College  72          E 
-  T24 Angelica Moresco  Alabama  72          E 
-  T24 Kristin Engle  Louisville  72          E 
-  T24 Lauren Stephenson  Alabama  72          E 
-  T24 Kayla Thompson  UNC Wilmington  72          E 
-  T34 Roshnee Sharma *  North Carolina  73          +1 
-  T34 Ana Belac  Duke  73          +1 
-  T34 Crystal Huang  North Carolina State  73          +1 
-  T34 Laura Kowohl  North Carolina State  73          +1 
-  T34 Courtney Zeng  Vanderbilt  73          +1 
-  T34 Maria Fassi  Arkansas  73          +1 
-  T34 Gabrielle Correia  Tulane  73          +1 
-  T41 Louise Yu *  Vanderbilt  74          +2 
-  T41 Isi Nilsson *  South Carolina  74          +2 
-  T41 Cecily Overbey  North Carolina State  74          +2 
-  T41 Virginia Green  Vanderbilt  74          +2 
-  T41 Kelly Whaley  North Carolina  74          +2
-  T41 Anita Uwadia  South Carolina  74          +2 
-  T41 Bryana Nguyen  North Carolina  74          +2 
-  T41 Morgan Baxendale  Vanderbilt  74          +2 
-  T41 Kaylee Benton  Arkansas  74          +2 
-  T41 Cara Gorlei  Arkansas  74          +2 
-  T41 Rio Watanabe  Ohio State  74          +2 
-  T41 Allyson Geer  Michigan State  74          +2 
-  T41 Ashley Kim  Michigan  74          +2 
-  T41 Cheyenne Knight  Alabama  74          +2 
-  T41 Jessica Ip  Iowa  74          +2 
-  T56 Elodie Van Dievoet  Michigan  75          +3 
-  T56 Jacqueline Twitty  Louisville  75          +3 
-  T56 Abbie Cantwell  Tulane  75          +3 
-  T56 Katharine Patrick  Virginia  75          +3 
-  T56 Beth Lillie  Virginia  75          +3 
-  T56 Thao My Nguyen  UNC Wilmington  75          +3 
-  T56 Laura Munoz  Tulane  75          +3 
-  T56 Lauren Hartlage  Louisville  75          +3 
-  T64 Jessica Spicer  Virginia Tech  76          +4 
-  T64 Sophie Faulkner  Rollins College  76          +4 
-  T64 Sofia Seldemirova  Ohio State  76          +4 
-  T64 Lexie Toth  Rollins College  76          +4 
-  T64 Olivia Cason  Louisville  76          +4 
-  T69 Alexandra Farnsworth  Vanderbilt  77          +5 
-  T69 Abbey Carlson  Vanderbilt  77          +5 
-  T69 Katie Sharp  Michigan State  77          +5 
-  T69 Paz Marfa  Michigan State  77          +5 
-  T69 Jennifer Rosenberg  Tulane  77          +5 
-  T69 Shawn Rennegarbe  Iowa  77          +5 
-  T75 Carolyn Markley  Michigan State  78          +6 
-  T75 Kathy Lim  Michigan  78          +6 
-  T75 Emily Mahar  Virginia Tech  78          +6 
-  T75 Anne Taylor Hough  Virginia Tech  78          +6 
-  T75 Niki Schroeder  Ohio State  78          +6 
-  T75 Stephanie Herzog  Iowa  78          +6 
-  T75 Rachael Mast  UNC Wilmington  78          +6 
-  T75 Morgan Gonzales  Virginia  78          +6 
-  T75 Ellinoora Moisio  UNC Wilmington  78          +6 
-  T84 Megan Kim  Michigan  79          +7 
-  T84 Elisa Suarez  Iowa  79          +7 
-  T86 Cheni Xu *  North Carolina  80          +8 
-  T86 Selin Timur  Rollins College  80          +8 
-  T86 Elizabeth Bose  Virginia Tech  80          +8 
-  T86 Julia Ford  Virginia  80          +8 
-  T86 Haydyn Gibson  Tulane  80          +8 
-  T86 Caroline Cahill  UNC Wilmington  80          +8 
-  T92 Clementian Rodriguez *  North Carolina  81          +9 
-  T92 Kate Harper *  Virginia  81          +9 
-  T92 Mariana Ocano  North Carolina  81          +9 
-  95 Mai Dechathipat  Wake Forest  83          +11 
-  96 Monica Schumacher  Wake Forest  86          +14 

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