TULSA, Okla. – With 18 holes remaining at the Dale McNamara Fall Preview, the preseason third-ranked Duke women’s golf team holds a one shot lead at the 6,168, Par 70 Tulsa Country Club in Tulsa, Okla.
The Blue Devils carded a six-over-par, 286, on Tuesday to move from third to first with a 36-hole total of 569. Oklahoma (570), Oklahoma State (571), Southern California (572), Alabama (572), Arizona (575), Arizona State (577), Stanford (578), Arkansas (580) and North Carolina (582) rounded out the top 10.
Blue Devil senior Laetitia Beck registered a tied for individual best three-under-par, 67, on Tuesday and now sits tied for the individual lead at two-under-par, 138, for the tournament. Beck is tied along with Noemi Jimenez (Arizona State), Kyung Kim (Southern California) and Emily Penttila (Tulane).
A product of Caesarea, Israel, Beck carded four birdies, one bogey and 14 pars as she totaled one of the lowest rounds of her career. All four of her birdies were on par four holes – No. 4, No. 12, No. 15 and No. 18. Beck hit a team-best 16 greens, eight fairways and had 29 putts on the day.
Sophomore Celine Boutier turned in an even-par 70 in the second round and is tied for 14th overall with 18 holes remaining. Boutier, who is out of Montrouge, France, opened the day with two pars and a bogey before marking three straight birdies on her card. She suffered bogeys on No. 7 and No. 12 to drop back to even par, but rolled in a birdie putt on the 162-yard, par three 14th to get back to one-under-par. Boutier closed with three pars and a bogey to finish with a 70. She hit 10 greens, nine fairways and had a team-best 27 putts on the day.
After turning in a one-under-par, 69, on day one, senior Alejandra Cangrejo was sitting at one-under-par through nine holes on Tuesday, but a seven-over-par back nine dropped the Bogota, Colombia, product to a six-over-par, 76. Cangrejo had notched birdies on No. 3, No. 6 and No. 7 to move to one-under-par on the front. She enters the final round tied for tied 27th with a 145.
Freshman Sandy Choi continued her steady play in her first collegiate tournament as she notched a three-over-par, 73, and is tied for 46th overall. Over the 36 holes, Choi owns 27 pars and only one birdie. The San Diego, Calif., product hit 12 greens, 13 fairways and had 33 putts on Tuesday.
Coming off an even-par, 70, in round one, sophomore Yi Xiao struggled on day two with an 82. Xiao, who is out of China, is tied for 65th with a 152.
Head coach Dan Brooks and the Blue Devils will be going for their first season-opening victory since the 2006-07 campaign when Duke claimed the Mason Rudolph Championship in Nashville, Tenn.
Duke will tee off on Wednesday in the final round beginning at 10:30 a.m. (EST) along with Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. Live scoring will be available via www.Golfstat each day.