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Ana Belac shot a team-best 69 Saturday
Blue Devils Place Tied Second at Liz Murphey
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 04/14/2018
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ATHENS, Ga. – The fourth-ranked Duke women’s golf team carded a team-best three-under-par, 285, Saturday in the final round of the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic on its way to placing tied second overall with a 54-hole ledger of one-over, 865, at the 6,300-yard, par 72 University of Georgia Golf Course.

Duke turned in rounds of 292, 288 and 285 for a score of 865 in Athens, Ga. The Blue Devils shot three-under on the front nine Saturday morning led by a three-under, 33, by sophomore Ana Belac and Duke was even par on the final nine holes.

“We had a great round [today],” said Duke head coach Dan Brooks. “I think our last two rounds were tied for low. Our last two rounds, if you combine them, were tied for the low for the tournament for those two days, so that’s a great way to close. We just need to get a little bit more consistent when we start out. We got ourselves in a little bit of a hole again on that first day, so we just talked about how we got to get down and just work hard and get our short games going and see if we can’t find consistency from all three rounds.”

Alabama won the title with an 849, while Arkansas (865), Duke (865), Georgia (871) and Baylor (880) rounded out the top five teams. Over the final two rounds, Duke shot a tied for team-best 573 score along with Alabama.

Blue Devil senior Leona Maguire finished the weekend only one shot off the individual lead and tied third overall with rounds of 70, 69 and 71 for a six-under, 210, while freshman Jaravee Boonchant was tied sixth with scores of 70, 70 and 73 for a three-under, 213.

Both Lauren Stephenson and Cheyenne Knight of Alabama won the individual title with a seven-under, 209.

Maguire, who hails from Cavan, Ireland, carded her 22nd career top-five finish, which ranks second on Duke’s all-time charts. After opening her round with a bogey on No. 1, she got her score back to even par with a birdie on the sixth hole. Maguire added a bogey on No. 7, but closed the day with a two-under-par ledger over the final 11 holes. She notched birdies on No. 9 and No. 17 during that stretch. Maguire hit 14 fairways, 14 greens and had 30 putts. After hitting a season-low nine fairways in the first round, Maguire went on to not miss one over the final two rounds.

With her tied for team best fifth top 10 placement of the season, Boonchant already ranks tied seventh on the Duke freshman list. She held an even-par ledger through 11 holes Saturday as he notched one birdie, one bogey and nine pars. Boonchant, who is from Bangkok, Thailand, suffered bogeys on No. 12 and No. 14 to drop to two-over, but birdied the 18th to close with a 73 in the final round. She hit eight fairways, 16 greens and notched 36 putts.

“She just did a great job,” commented Brooks. “I was very impressed. It’s one of the best courses that we play. We’ve played a lot of good ones because of those elevation changes, the complexity of the green surfaces. She, I thought, played a very smart tournament and she had putts, she said that she missed some very short putts today. She could have gone just as low today, just couldn’t get the putter going. Just handled it really well, did a great job.”

Coming off a tough second round Friday, Belac responded by shooting a three-under, 69, in the final round as she rolled in four birdies, all over the first nine holes. She sank a 10-footer for birdie on No. 2 to move into the red, but added her lone bogey on No. 4 to move back to even par. Belac, a product of Portoroz, Slovenia, drained a 20-footer for birdie on the fifth, seven-footer for birdie on the seventh and a three-footer for birdie on No. 9 to get to three-under-par. She had nine straight pars to close the afternoon with a 69. On the day, she hit 16 greens, 13 fairways and secured 31 putts.

Seeing action in her first tournament of the spring, junior Virginia Elena Carta tied 28th overall with rounds of 77, 72 and 74 for a 223. Carta, who is from Udine, Italy, was even par through 10 holes as she collected seven pars along with a birdie on No. 4 and a bogey on No. 6. She had bogeys on three out of the next five holes, before closing with a birdie on the 18th to finish with a 74.

Lisa Maguire, a native of Cavan, Ireland, signed for her second round of even or under Saturday as she notched a 72. After collecting three consecutive pars to open the day, Maguire drained her first birdie of the tournament on the fourth to go to one-under. She added bogeys on No. 6 and No. 8 to fall to one-over, but responded with back-to-back birdies on No. 9 and No. 10 to get back to red numbers. Maguire posted seven pars and added a bogey on the 16th to close with a 72. She hit 14 greens, eight fairways and registered 32 putts.

Freshman Hannah O'Sullivan, who was playing as an individual, closed with an 86 in the final round as she placed 69th overall.

Leona Maguire led the field with a four-under ledger on par four holes, while Boonchant tied for a team best with two eagles over the two days.

Duke will next compete in the ACC Championship April 21-23 in Greensboro, N.C., at Grandover Resort.

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Duke Results
3 Leona Maguire Duke 70 69 71 210 -6
6 Jaravee Boonchant Duke 70 70 73 213 -3
28 Ana Belac Duke 75 79 69 223 +7
28 Virginia Elena Carta Duke 77 72 74 223 +7
41 Lisa Maguire Duke 80 77 72 229 +13

Individual:
69 *Hannah O'Sullivan Duke 85 85 86 256 +40

Pos. School Rnd 1 Rnd 2 Rnd 3 Total To Par
1 Alabama 276 286 287 849 -15
2 Arkansas 290 284 291 865 +1
Duke 292 288 285 865 +1
4 Georgia 290 295 286 871 +7
5 Baylor 289 299 292 880 +16
6 Kennesaw State 297 296 290 883 +19
7 Daytona State 294 295 300 889 +25
8 Louisville 293 298 299 890 +26
9 Ole Miss 305 292 298 895 +31
10 Florida 315 291 292 898 +34
11 Denver 312 297 306 915 +51
12 Kansas 320 316 307 943 +79

Pos. Name School Rnd 1 Rnd 2 Rnd 3 Total To Par
1 Lauren Stephenson Alabama 71 69 69 209 -7
Cheyenne Knight Alabama 65 71 73 209 -7
3 Leona Maguire Duke 70 69 71 210 -6
Jillian Hollis Georgia 70 69 71 210 -6
5 Jiwon Jeon Daytona State 69 73 69 211 -5
6 Jaravee Boonchant Duke 70 70 73 213 -3
Kristen Gillman Alabama 70 71 72 213 -3
8 Lauren Hartlage Louisville 66 73 75 214 -2
9 Dylan Kim Arkansas 73 74 68 215 -1
Maria Vesga Baylor 71 71 73 215 -1
11 Sierra Brooks Florida 73 70 73 216 E
12 Maria Fassi Arkansas 73 72 72 217 +1
Alana Uriell Arkansas 73 70 74 217 +1
14 Angelica Moresco Alabama 70 75 73 218 +2
Diane Baillieux Baylor 71 77 70 218 +2
Madison Caldwell Kennesaw State 74 76 68 218 +2
17 Molly Skapik Louisville 71 74 74 219 +3
Julia Johnson Ole Miss 77 71 71 219 +3
Rinko Mitsunaga Georgia 73 77 69 219 +3
Kaylee Benton Arkansas 71 71 77 219 +3
21 Isabella Skinner Georgia 73 74 73 220 +4
Henriette Nielsen Kennesaw State 75 72 73 220 +4
Hollie Muse Daytona State 73 72 75 220 +4
Pi-Lillebi Hermansson Ole Miss 76 70 74 220 +4
25 Medy Thavong Kennesaw State 75 72 74 221 +5
Kie Purdom Ole Miss 74 72 75 221 +5
Marta Perez Sanmartin Florida 79 71 71 221 +5
28 Ana Belac Duke 75 79 69 223 +7
Olivia Cason Louisville 75 75 73 223 +7
Virginia Elena Carta Duke 77 72 74 223 +7
31 Gaby Coello Georgia 74 78 73 225 +9
Gurleen Kaur Baylor 74 78 73 225 +9
33 Sophie Newlove Denver 72 78 76 226 +10
Amy Lee Baylor 75 74 77 226 +10
Fiona Liddell Baylor 73 77 76 226 +10
*Nicole Morales Alabama 74 75 77 226 +10
37 *Cara Gorlei Arkansas 74 78 75 227 +11
38 Charlotte Charrayre Kennesaw State 73 80 75 228 +12
Addie Baggarly Florida 79 75 74 228 +12
Maria Hoyos Arkansas 77 71 80 228 +12
41 Grace St-Germain Daytona State 71 75 83 229 +13
Lisa Maguire Duke 80 77 72 229 +13
Mary Weinstein Denver 81 73 75 229 +13
44 Jessica Dreesbeimdieke Denver 81 76 75 232 +16
yitsen chou Kansas 83 79 70 232 +16
46 Clara Aveling Kennesaw State 80 76 77 233 +17
Paula Neira Garcia Georgia 77 75 81 233 +17
Taylor Tomlinson Florida 84 75 74 233 +17
Sera Tadokoro Kansas 82 76 75 233 +17
50 Lakareber Abe Alabama 76 79 79 234 +18
Lauren Whyte Denver 78 76 80 234 +18
52 Katy Harris Ole Miss 78 79 78 235 +19
*Elisa Yang Georgia 75 77 83 235 +19
Kendall Johnson Daytona State 82 75 78 235 +19
55 *Xinyun Yu Kansas 77 80 81 238 +22
Kristin Engle Louisville 83 76 79 238 +22
*Meghan Nay Louisville 86 75 77 238 +22
58 Margot Bechadergue Louisville 81 81 77 239 +23
Alison Crenshaw Daytona State 81 80 78 239 +23
60 Conner Beth Ball Ole Miss 81 80 79 240 +24
*Martina Flori Ole Miss 80 78 82 240 +24
Ariadna Fonseca Diaz Kansas 80 78 82 240 +24
Camille Enright Denver 86 72 82 240 +24
64 Kallie Gonzales Kansas 76 84 81 241 +25
65 *Giovana Maymon Baylor 81 81 80 242 +26
66 Chomc Phuchanbanchob Kansas 82 83 81 246 +30
67 *Stephanie Carras Georgia 82 85 80 247 +31
68 Lauren Waidner Florida 85 80 85 250 +34
69 *Hannah O'Sullivan Duke 85 85 86 256 +40
70 *Sadie Chlapowski Daytona State 93 83 84 260 +44
71 *Elizabeth Jackson Daytona State 92 90 90 272 +56

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