DURHAM, N.C. – With the U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball competition getting set to start Saturday in Jacksonville, Fla., two former and two future Duke women’s golfers will compete from April 27 to May 1 at the Timuquana Country Club. Seeing action will be Duke alumnae Anna Morales and Evelyn Orley along with incoming freshmen Megan Furtney and Erica Shepherd.
A field of 64 sides, 128 golfers, will compete in the championship. Following 18-hole rounds of stroke play on April 27 and 28, the field will be cut to the low 32 sides for match play. Five 18-hole rounds of match play will determine the champion.
The duos will be teeing off at 11:42 a.m., and 11:54 a.m., Saturday in the opening round. Morales and Orley will go first, followed by Furtney and Shepherd. On Sunday, Morales and Orley will tee off at 8:18 a.m., while Furtney/Shepherd will tee off at 8:30 a.m.
Morales was a three-time letterwinner with the Blue Devils in 1988, 1990 and 1991, while competing in 10 total tournaments. A product of Lima, Peru. Morales helped lead Duke to six tournament victories in three seasons. Orley, a four-year letterwinner at Duke from 1985-88, carded seven top five and nine 10 top 10 finishes in 11 tournaments as a senior. She was a second team All-America in 1988 and honorable mention All-America in 1986.
Both Furtney and Shepherd signed a national letter of intent in November and will join the Blue Devils in August. The have combined to win six tournaments, finish in the top 10 of over 30 AJGA tournaments the last five years and earn six Rolex Junior All-American accolades over their amateur career.
Furtney, who hails from St. Charles, Ill., collected six top 11 placements on the AJGA in 2018, including eight rounds in the 60s. She owns victories at the 2018 Bass Pro Shops/Payne Stewart Junior Championship, 2018 Lockton Kansas City Junior and the 2016 AJGA Junior at The Legends. Shepherd, who is from Greenwood, Ind., is coming off competing in the Augusta National Women’s Amateur and placing tied for 23rd overall at historic Augusta National Golf Club. She owns an impressive resume including three victories along with being named a Rolex Junior All-American on four occasions, including two first team accolades.
Duke’s future tandem of Furtney/Shepherd advanced to the 2017 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball semifinals.
Match play will consist of 18 holes Monday, April 29 followed by second and quarterfinal rounds on April 30. The semifinal and championship rounds will take place Wednesday, May 1.
Timuquana Country Club will be set up at 6,307 yards and will play to a par of 36-36–72. Based on the setup, the Course Rating™ is 76.0 and the Slope Rating® is 136.