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Duke Grabs 13-Shot Lead At NCAA Championship
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Release: 05/25/2006
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COLUMBUS, OHIO-  For the second straight year, Thursday was moving day for the Duke women’s golf team at the NCAA Championship as the Blue Devils carded a tournament-best one-under-par, 287, and went from being down three shots to holding a 13-shot advantage going into the final round at the 6,203-yard, par 72 Ohio State Golf Club - Scarlet Course in Columbus, Ohio.

“I couldn’t be happier with the round today,” said Duke Head Coach Dan Brooks.  “The wind was blowing, the greens were hard and the greens are starting to look like a course that is new.  I really had a composed team today and they seemed to be thinking well. Whenever I had a little input for them on the par threes, they took it and took advantage of it.”

Duke trailed second round leader Arizona State by three strokes when the day started at 1:20 p.m., but by 3:15 p.m. the Blue Devils took the lead and ran with it.  Through 54-holes, Duke owns a total of 876 with Southern California (889), Pepperdine (894), Purdue (896), Arizona State (896), California (901), Georgia (902), Washington (902), Florida (902) and Stanford (903) rounding out the top 10.  Prior to Thursday, no team had broken 292 in one round.

“We had to play a little bit more conservative golf than we normally play just so you get on the green somewhere because the rough is deep,” said Brooks.  “A long putt is generally better than a pitch on this golf course.  They seem to be thinking about that, which is good.”

Blue Devil junior Anna Grzebien teed off first for Duke on the third day and even though she didn’t hit her first fairway until the 527-yard, par five sixth hole she made some huge putts and punches out of the rough to remain even par.  A product of Narragansett, R.I., Grzebien went on to make the turn at par and registered her 16th straight par before suffering bogeys on No. 17 and No. 18 to close out her round with a 74.  The reigning NCAA Individual Champion enters the final day of play tied for 24 with a total of 224 (75-75-74).

Sophomore Jennifer Pandolfi went off second and had problems finding the fairway on the first three holes.  She ended up bogeying No. 1 and No. 2 before settling down and notching a very impressive seven-foot birdie putt on the 466-yard, par five fourth hole.  The Navarre, Fla., native had a bogey on the next hole before collecting four straight pars to make the turn at two-over-par.  On the back nine, Pandolfi posted birdies on the two par five holes -- No. 12 and No. 14 -- to get back to even par.  She finished her day with a double-bogey on the 16th hole and pars on No. 17 and No. 18.  She enters the final round sitting in tied for 24th at 224 (73-77-74). 

Making the biggest jump for the Blue Devils on Thursday was freshman Amanda Blumenherst, who entered the day tied for 29th with rounds of 76, 74.  For the second time out of three rounds, Blumenherst bogied the first hole but rang off eight straight pars to make the turn at one-over-par, 37.  The Scottsdale, Ariz., product then cranked it into gear on the back nine registering birdies on No. 10, 12, 13 and 14 to go to three-under-par.  Blumenherst carded pars on the next three holes before closing with a bogey on the 359-yard, par four 18th hole. 

After making only four birdies over the first two rounds, Blumenherst notched four in a span of five holes on the back nine.  She enters the final day of action tied for ninth at 220, four-over-par.  Blumenherst has finished no worse than tied for eighth all season in 10 tournaments.

Continuing her stellar play, senior Liz Janangelo also garnered four birdies on the afternoon and made her way to a three-under-par score through 12 holes before bogeying No. 15 and No. 17.  She finished her round with a her second straight one-under-par, 71, marking the first time since the Arizona Wildcat Invitational in February that she registered back-to-back under par rounds.  Janangelo, who is from West Hartford, Conn. and was the 2004 National Player of the Year, leads the field with 12 birdies through 54-holes and owns an overall score of 219, which is tied for seventh (77-71-71).  She also leads the field with a seven-under-par score on the par five holes.

Capped by a 46-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole, freshman Jennie Lee maintained her excellent play during the third round of play finishing with an even-par, 72.  The Huntington Beach, Calif., product sits only three shots out of the lead with a 217 (73-72-72) with one round remaining.  Lee opened play very solid on Thursday with 12 pars and one bogey over the first 13 holes before notching a birdie on No. 14 and a bogey on No. 15.  She parred the next two holes and then rolled in a 46-foot birdie from the other side of the 18th green, which rang in plenty of cheers from the gallery.

For the third straight day, Pepperdine’s Eileen Vargas holds the individual lead with a 54-hole ledger of 214 (68-71-75) with Sandra Gal of Florida, Dewi Schreefel of Southern California, Jennifer Tangtiphaiboontana of Stanford,  and Lee nipping at her heels only three shots back with a 217. 

At one point during the back nine, Duke held a five-under-par team score before dropping seven shots over the final four holes.  Duke is scheduled to tee off on Friday for the final round at 1:20 p.m. and will be joined by Southern California and Pepperdine.  The Blue Devils will be vying for their fourth NCAA Championship, which would be more than any team in school history.  The men’s basketball team won titles in 1991, 1992 and 2001.

“We have a team of high achievers and they are not jumping for joy right now,” said Brooks.  “They are happy, but we don’t have a team that is going to get full of themselves and I think they are going to play really hard tomorrow.”

Duke Notes:
*  Last year, Duke trailed by nine shots going into the third round of the NCAA Championship, but carded a six-under-par, 278, to take an eight-shot lead with 18 holes remaining.  The Blue Devils went on to win by five strokes over UCLA to claim their third NCAA title.
*  Duke totaled 14 birdies on day three, after carding 11 birdies on day two after 13 on the first day.
*  The Blue Devils played the par five holes at eight-under-par and are 13-under-par through three days.
*  Duke is 16-over-par on holes No. 16, 17 and 18 during the tournament.
*  Freshman Jennie Lee owns a 3.97 par four scoring average which is tied for the tournament-best.
Jennie Lee’s 39 pars is tied for second for the tournament.
Jennie Lee is going for only her second top-10 finish this season.  Her best tournament was a tied for seventh ledger at the Tar Heel Invitational (80-69-68).

Other Duke Quotes

Liz Janangelo, Duke (Round Three Score: 71, Total Score: 219)

On the day’s difficulties
“You had to take the day into account. I know if you were standing with the wind you had to be careful with your shots. If you hit it too hard it would go over the green.”

On the play of Blue Devil teammate Jennie Lee
“We’re really proud of Jennie. She’s really stepped up to the plate. She keeps us smiling and keeps things light and that’s what we like best about her. She’s a real talent. Coach Brooks always recruits really well, so it’s not surprising how well Jennie is doing as a freshman.”

On the final round Friday
“Tomorrow is a long day. And I guess I can speak on this after being in this position last year. We have to play our own games and not let others’ shots get to us. We have to play hole to hole and shot to shot. If we do that, I think we’ll end up on top.”

Dan Brooks, Duke Head Coach
“We just learn more and more as we go along. Our team studies the golf course really well and they are great at taking it as they go.”

On the weather
“I think good players like adversity. I am not surprised to see what my team has done. I have seen them play some great golf this season and they have put it all together at the right time.”

On the final round Friday
“I have already told them they all played great rounds today. Tonight I think we will just talk about what we have learned. The course is going to get some water tonight so tomorrow we should be able to go after some pins we couldn’t go after today.”

Jennie Lee, Duke (Round Three Score: 72, Total Score: 217)

On playing for Duke
“I have definitely learned a lot. And it’s a lot colder at Duke. I’m from California, so I’m not used to the weather at all. It affected my swing and I struggled a bit at first. But, I got around to it.”

On her nerves at the NCAA championships
“The best teams are here. This is like the grand finale. I didn’t play too well at regionals, but I’m really excited to be here. Golf is really intense, but you have to keep being calm. It’s definitely different being out there, with the gallery, scoreboard and all the people watching. We just have to play shot by shot. You can’t get ahead of things out here and worry about winning. It’s important to stay focused while you are in the moment.”

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rank team scores
1 Duke 297 292 287 876 +12
2 Southern California 291 300 298 889 +25
3 Pepperdine 301 295 298 894 +30
T4 Purdue 301 295 300 896 +32
T4 Arizona State 292 294 310 896 +32
6 California 305 301 295 901 +37
T7 Georgia 306 305 291 902 +38
T7 Washington 305 304 293 902 +38
T7 Florida 293 307 302 902 +38
10 Stanford 307 301 295 903 +39
11 Auburn 301 298 305 904 +40
12 Tennessee 303 290 315 908 +44
T13 Wake Forest 297 312 301 910 +46
T13 Arkansas, U. of 299 313 298 910 +46
T13 UCLA 301 306 303 910 +46
16 Florida State Univ. 305 305 301 911 +47
17 Arizona 296 319 297 912 +48
T18 Oklahoma State 311 299 308 918 +54
T18 UNLV 313 301 304 918 +54
20 Nebraska, U. of 311 305 306 922 +58
21 Kent State 312 307 304 923 +59
T22 Texas A&M University 302 306 316 924 +60
T22 Louisiana State 298 307 319 924 +60
24 Alabama, U. of 307 317 310 934 +70

start finish player school scores
1 1 Eileen Vargas Pepperdine 68 71 75 214 −2
T10 T2 Sandra Gal Florida 74 72 71 217 +1
T5 T2 Jennie Lee Duke 73 72 72 217 +1
T12 T2 Dewi Schreefel Southern California 73 74 70 217 +1
T5 T2 Jennifer Tangtiphaiboontana Stanford 74 71 72 217 +1
T15 6 Da Sol Chung UNLV 76 72 70 218 +2
T15 T7 Maria Hernandez Purdue 76 72 71 219 +3
T15 T7 Elizabeth Janangelo Duke 77 71 71 219 +3
T29 T9 Amanda Blumenherst Duke 76 74 70 220 +4
T3 T9 Tiffany Chudy Florida 69 75 76 220 +4
T22 T9 Amie Cochran UCLA 78 71 71 220 +4
T22 T12 Sofie Andersson California 75 74 72 221 +5
T29 T12 Taylor Leon Georgia 75 75 71 221 +5
T22 T12 Paige Mackenzie Washington 76 73 72 221 +5
T15 T12 Kira Meixner Kent State 74 74 73 221 +5
T5 T12 Tiffany Tavee Arizona State 73 72 76 221 +5
T29 T17 Sung Ea Lee Washington 75 75 72 222 +6
T39 T17 Carolina Llano Pepperdine 76 75 71 222 +6
T3 T17 Violeta Retamoza Tennessee 75 69 78 222 +6
T5 T17 Onnarin Sattayabanphot Purdue 74 71 77 222 +6
T5 T17 Abigale Schepperle Auburn 74 71 77 222 +6
T29 T17 Leah Wigger * Virginia 76 74 72 222 +6
T12 23 Azahara Munoz Arizona State 73 74 76 223 +7
T39 T24 Christel Boeljon Purdue 75 76 73 224 +8
T10 T24 Irene Cho Southern California 73 73 78 224 +8
T62 T24 Mari Chun Stanford 80 73 71 224 +8
T29 T24 Anna Grzebien Duke 75 75 74 224 +8
T22 T24 Maria Martinez Auburn 73 76 75 224 +8
T29 T24 Jennifer Pandolfi Duke 73 77 74 224 +8
T12 T24 Nicole Smith Tennessee 77 70 77 224 +8
T49 T24 Caroline Westrup Florida State Univ. 78 74 72 224 +8
T49 T32 Veronica Felibert Southern California 74 78 73 225 +9
T62 T32 Mallory Hetzel Georgia 76 77 72 225 +9
T39 T32 Caroline Larsson Florida State Univ. 72 79 74 225 +9
T49 T32 Amanda McCurdy Arkansas, U. of 75 77 73 225 +9
T39 T32 Sophia Sheridan California 75 76 74 225 +9
T49 T37 Nannette Hill Wake Forest 76 76 74 226 +10
T49 T37 Cassandra Kirkland Arizona 73 79 74 226 +10
T39 T37 Joanna Klatten * Georgia State Univ. 76 75 75 226 +10
T39 T37 Ashley Medders Arkansas, U. of 74 77 75 226 +10
T62 T37 Rachel Newren * Brigham Young Univ. 78 75 73 226 +10
T15 T37 Stephanie Ruiz Nebraska, U. of 72 76 78 226 +10
T49 T37 Adriana Zwanck Arizona 74 78 74 226 +10
T29 T44 Elli Brown Nebraska, U. of 76 74 77 227 +11
T73 T44 Laura Crawford Wake Forest 76 78 73 227 +11
T15 T44 Golda Johansson Tennessee 75 73 79 227 +11
2 T44 Jennifer Osborn Arizona State 70 73 84 227 +11
T49 T44 Seema Sadekar UNLV 78 74 75 227 +11
T62 T44 Sommer Scholl Arizona 71 82 74 227 +11
T22 T50 Tiffany Joh UCLA 71 78 79 228 +12
T39 T50 Alissa Kuczka Arizona State 76 75 77 228 +12
T49 T50 Alina Lee Georgia 77 75 76 228 +12
T49 T50 Stacy Lewis Arkansas, U. of 76 76 76 228 +12
T62 T50 Pernilla Lindberg Oklahoma State 77 76 75 228 +12
T29 T50 Kimberly Meck Louisiana State 75 75 78 228 +12
T29 T50 Margaret Shirley Auburn 77 73 78 228 +12
T73 T50 Mika Takayama California 80 74 74 228 +12
T88 T50 Whitney Wade Georgia 78 78 72 228 +12
T62 T59 Whitney Brummett Florida State Univ. 76 77 76 229 +13
T62 T59 Melissa Eaton Louisiana State 75 78 76 229 +13
T39 T59 Mandy Goins Wake Forest 72 79 78 229 +13
T62 T59 Lauren Johnson Texas A&M University 77 76 76 229 +13
T49 T59 Paola Moreno Southern California 76 76 77 229 +13
T49 T64 Jean Chua Wake Forest 73 79 78 230 +14
T22 T64 Karin Kinnerud Oklahoma State 77 72 81 230 +14
T22 T64 Rebecca Kuhn Louisiana State 73 76 81 230 +14
T73 T64 Amber Prange Washington 78 76 76 230 +14
T73 T64 Carina Sorensen Alabama, U. of 74 80 76 230 +14
T85 T64 Lauren Todd Stanford 77 78 75 230 +14
T62 T64 Mallorie Underwood Oklahoma State 79 74 77 230 +14
T29 T71 Julia Best * Texas 74 76 81 231 +15
T49 T71 Marina Choi Pepperdine 78 74 79 231 +15
T15 T71 Catalina Marin Southern California 71 77 83 231 +15
T39 T74 Ashley Knoll Texas A&M University 73 78 81 232 +16
T88 T74 Maggie Simons Wake Forest 76 80 76 232 +16
T73 T74 Jenny Suh Alabama, U. of 80 74 78 232 +16
T73 T77 Leanne Bowditch Pepperdine 79 75 79 233 +17
T73 T77 Myrte Eikenaar Purdue 76 78 79 233 +17
T97 T77 Allison Goodman California 78 80 75 233 +17
T94 T77 Laura Goodwin Alabama, U. of 77 80 76 233 +17
T106 T77 Lindsey Hinshaw Arkansas, U. of 76 83 74 233 +17
T88 T77 Kelly Husted Stanford 77 79 77 233 +17
T73 T77 Ornella Jouven Florida 74 80 79 233 +17
T73 T77 Hannah Jun UCLA 76 78 79 233 +17
T94 T77 Susie Mathews UCLA 77 80 76 233 +17
T88 T77 Jane Park UCLA 77 79 77 233 +17
T110 T77 Kim Shin Washington 76 84 73 233 +17
T88 T77 Becky Wood Kent State 77 79 77 233 +17
T113 T89 Jayvie Agojo Pepperdine 83 78 73 234 +18
T106 T89 Nicole Hage Auburn 77 82 75 234 +18
T39 T89 Brenda Norris Texas A&M University 77 74 83 234 +18
T97 T89 Sara Sackett Nebraska, U. of 81 77 76 234 +18
T85 T89 Kayla Shaul Florida State Univ. 80 75 79 234 +18
T97 T89 Christa Spedding Texas A&M University 79 79 76 234 +18
T85 T95 Candie Herrera Oklahoma State 78 77 80 235 +19
T94 T95 Courtney Mahon Arkansas, U. of 74 83 78 235 +19
T110 T95 Chrissie McArdle Nebraska, U. of 82 78 75 235 +19
T73 T95 Marci Turner Tennessee 76 78 81 235 +19
T97 T99 Jackie Beers Georgia 78 80 78 236 +20
T88 T99 Mallory Blackwelder Florida 76 80 80 236 +20
T97 T99 Courtney McCracken Washington 78 80 78 236 +20
T49 T102 Tara Delaney Kent State 76 76 85 237 +21
T117 T102 Kirby Dreher Kent State 85 78 74 237 +21
T73 T102 Whitney Frykman Purdue 78 76 83 237 +21
T113 T102 Amanda Johnson Oklahoma State 80 81 76 237 +21
T62 T102 Caroline Martens Louisiana State 75 78 84 237 +21
T115 T102 Amanda Wilson Arizona 78 84 75 237 +21
T106 T108 Elena Kurokawa UNLV 80 79 79 238 +22
T97 T108 Jessica Lovell Auburn 80 78 80 238 +22
T97 T108 Young Pak UNLV 79 79 80 238 +22
T62 T111 Kate Meyer Texas A&M University 75 78 86 239 +23
T97 T111 Grace Woo UNLV 82 76 81 239 +23
T110 113 Ki−Shui Liao Stanford 79 81 80 240 +24
T121 T114 Devan Andersen * Texas 82 83 76 241 +25
T121 T114 Whitney Myers Florida 82 83 76 241 +25
T117 T116 Jaclyn Burch Florida State Univ. 79 84 79 242 +26
T97 T116 Holly Cantwell Tennessee 80 78 84 242 +26
T73 T116 Shannon Yocum California 77 77 88 242 +26
T115 T119 Danelle Perata Arizona State 79 83 81 243 +27
125 T119 Lauren Smith * Augusta State 82 86 75 243 +27
T117 121 Audrey Gale Alabama, U. of 76 87 82 245 +29
T123 T122 Karen Delaney Kent State 85 81 80 246 +30
T123 T122 Sarah Sturm Alabama, U. of 83 83 80 246 +30
120 124 Rachel Gavin Arizona 84 80 86 250 +34
126 125 Allison Stewart Nebraska, U. of 87 88 78 253 +37
T106 − Alexis Rather Louisiana State 78 81 W − −

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