WILMINGTON, N.C. – Due to inclement weather and unplayable conditions Sunday, The Landfall Tradition was cut to 36 holes and the fourth-ranked Duke women’s golf team along with sophomore Ana Belac were awarded the team and individual titles, respectively, at the 6,166-yard, par 72 Country Club of Landfall in Wilmington, N.C.
Through 36 holes, the Blue Devils led by one stroke 14-under-par, 562, and notched a second straight one-stroke win over second-ranked Alabama (563). Michigan State (574), South Carolina (577) and Oklahoma State (580) rounded out the top five.
“There wasn’t a shot struck on the golf course, however we did come out and get a warm-up in,” commented Duke head coach Dan Brooks. “In fact, when they were all heading to the carts for the shotgun start and then they called the coaches meeting right around the time that they were heading to the cart to go out. The host just described the golf course, she had just gone out with the head rules official and described all the casual water and what it looked like and how some of the tees would have to be moved way up and the rain was still coming down, and then the coaches together said, “let’s just not even do it.”
A native of Portoroz, Slovenia, Belac picked up her first collegiate victory as she tied with Virginia’s Beth Lillie. Belac notched rounds of 66 and 69 for a career-best nine-under-par, 135.
Duke concluded the fall with three tournament titles in four tournaments, while Blue Devil golfers won three individual tiles as Leona Maguire won the Tar Heel Invitational and the Jim West Challenge. The Blue Devils shot a combined 59-under-par for the fall for the most impressive opening of a season in school history.
“I think we’ve had a great fall season,” said Brooks. “We’ve had tremendous chemistry. We have seven people on this team and I feel like we are all very much on board all fall. It’s been a lot of fun and now we can take a little break, settle down and take care of some studies, but it’s been a great fall. Great spirit and some really good golf.”
The tournament win for Brooks was his 131st of her career. Duke has now won The Landfall Tradition three times (2009, 2015). Belac became the first Blue Devil golfer to win an individual title at The Landfall Tradition.
The Blue Devils will be off until Feb. 11-13, 2018 when Duke will travel to Palos Verdes, Calif., to compete in the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge.