GAINESVILLE, Fla. - After carding a second round of 300 on Saturday, the eighth-ranked Duke women's golf team enters the final round of the Florida Gator Invitational in a tie for eighth with a 36-hole ledger of 595 at the 6,002-yard, Par 70 Mark Bostic Golf Course in Gainesville, Fla.
The Blue Devils are 18 strokes behind the leaders as Duke was able to card only five birdies on Saturday. Alabama and Florida are tied for the lead after 36-holes with a team score of 577, followed by Georgia (286-296=582), Florida State (290-293=583) and South Florida (294-294=588) to round out the top five of the leader board.
Pacing the Blue Devils is sophomore Laetitia Beck, who has posted back-to-back rounds of four-over-par, 74. She opened Saturday with three bogeys on the front nine to finish three-over as she made the turn. On the back, she collected consecutive bogeys on No. 12 and No. 13 before carding a birdie on No. 16 to finish with a 74. She is at eight-over par with a score of 148 through two days of action. The Caesarea, Israel native, hit 14 greens, six fairways, and posted 36 putts today.
Lindy Duncan, who is battling an illness, shot three-over par on the front nine before running into trouble on the back nine, carding five bogeys in six holes and a birdie on No. 16 to post a seven-over par. The Fort Lauderdale, Fla. native, is now nine-over par with a score of 149 and is tied for 31st-overall. Duncan hit nine greens, seven fairways, and had 33 putts in the second round.
Junior Stacey Kim turned in an eight-over par 78 to finish the second day in tied for 37th. The Columbus, Ga., native started the day off with two bogeys in the first five holes before suffering a double-bogey on No. 9 to make the turn at four-over. Kim collected four more bogeys on the final nine holes to post a combined score of 150 after two rounds. Kim hit 10 greens, 10 fairways, and had 32 putts.
Alejandra Cangrejo opened the second round with birdies on No. 2 and No. 3 before suffering back-to-back double-bogeys to finish the front nine at two-over par. Cangrejo, who is out of Bogota Colombia, pared the first six holes on the back nine before collecting bogeys on No. 16 and No. 18 to close the day at four-over par 74. Cangrejo hit seven greens, five fairways, and had 27 putts, and enters the final round 11-over-par 151 and is tied for 42nd.
Junior Courtney Ellenbogen carded a second day round of five-over par 75. Ellenbogen carded seven pars and two bogeys to make the turn at two-over par. The junior then suffered three bogeys in the first five holes before firing a birdie on No. 17 and closing the day with a bogey on No. 18. A product of Blacksburg, Va., Ellenbogen is now 13-over-par after two rounds and is tied for 50th.
Irene Jung, who is playing as an individual this weekend, fired a seven-over par in the second round on Sunday. The freshman shot three-over par on the front before suffering consecutive bogeys on No. 10 and No. 11 and No. 15 and No. 16. The Bedford, Nova Scotia native hit seven greens, five fairways, and had 30 putts to finish the second day at 17-over par 157 to finish tied for 73rd.
Duke will tee off on Sunday in the final round with a shotgun start at 8:30 p.m., along with Auburn and Baylor.
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T28 T25 Laetitia Beck Duke 74 74 148 +8 T13 T31 Lindy Duncan Duke 72 77 149 +9 T13 T37 Stacey Kim Duke 72 78 150 +10 T51 T42 Alejandra Cangrejo Duke 77 74 151 +11 T66 T50 Courtney Ellenbogen Duke 78 75 153 +13 T82 T73 Irene Jung * Duke 80 77 157 +17