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Ana Belac
Belac Opens ACC Championship in a Tie for Second
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 04/18/2019
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GREENSBORO, N.C. — Duke University junior Ana Belac carded a four-under-par, 140, over 36 holes Thursday to open the ACC Championship in a tie for second at the 6,080-yard, par 72 Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C.

A native of Portoroz, Slovenia, Belac kicked off the championship with an even-par, 72, in the first round and then closed the second round with a four-under-par, 68. She trails Wake Forest’s Emilia Migliaccio by three strokes heading into Saturday’s final round. Migliaccio carded rounds of 66 and 71 to finish with a seven-under, 137.

“We haven’t played 36 holes in a while so I was trying to be very patient, especially today, because I knew that it was going to be a long day and if you are not patient from the start it can get really hard to get back on track with your game,” said Belac. “I just felt really good out there. Putts were rolling in most of the time and I was hitting it pretty solid so that enabled me not make too many mistakes and finish at four-under.”

Belac saved the best for last as she registered four birdies and an eagle over her final 18 holes to card her 16th career round in the 60s, which ranks sixth all-time on the Duke charts. She opened her second round on hole No. 2 and fell to one-over-par with a bogey on No. 4 as she missed the green. Belac responded by hitting the 483-yard, par five fifth green in two and two-putted for birdie. She kept her strong play going as she collected a birdie on the 342-yard, par four eighth as she hit her sand wedge from 65 yards to one foot.

“It played pretty hard I think,” commented Belac on how the course played. “You had to be in the right spots a lot of times because the wind was gusty. Sometimes the shots were not ending up where you thought they would. So patience, again like I said, was the key.”

On the 442-yard, par five 10th, Belac hit her hybrid from 190 yards to 12 feet and sank her second eagle of the season and seventh of her career. Her seven eagles now rank tied fourth most in Duke history. Belac drained a 10-foot birdie on No. 11 to move to four-under and stayed there until No. 17 when she suffered just her second bogey of the afternoon. She closed her round by draining a five-footer for birdie on the 368-yard, par four first hole. Belac hit 14 greens, five fairways and had 30 putts.

In round one, Belac reached two-under-par through 14 holes, but bogeyed No. 17 and No. 18 to close with a 72. She hit 12 greens, nine fairways and had 31 putts.

As a team, Duke posted a one-over-par, 289, in round one and then signed for a four-over, 292, in round two. The Blue Devils feature a five-over-par, 581, through two rounds and is in fourth place. Wake Forest (567) holds a 10-stroke lead over Florida State (577), while Virginia (580) is third and the Blue Devils are fourth.

Duke featured a four-under-par ledger midway through round one, but had 11 bogeys over its final 10 holes to slip down the leaderboard.

“We have played 36 at times in the past,” said Duke head coach Dan Brooks. “It is not something you are really used to, but it was fine. We didn’t play well, but it didn’t have anything to do with 36 holes. It seemed like the putts weren’t falling. Efforts were great, everybody was working hard and I didn’t see any bad attitudes or anything. Everybody was grinding, but we just didn’t get the ball in the hole.”

With rounds of 72 and 74, sophomore Jaravee Boonchant will enter the final round in a tie for 13th with a two-over, 146. She struggled around the green in round one finishing with 35 putts, which included a four-putt double-bogey on the 160-yard, par three seventh. Boonchant, who hails from Bangkok, Thailand, did have a stretch during her first round where she birdied No. 10, No. 11, No. 14 and No. 17 to get back to even par. She hit 15 greens and split 11 fairways.

In round two, Boonchant stuck her approach shot to three feet on No. 1 to get in the red quickly. She would go on to suffer bogeys on No. 4, No. 6 and No. 8 to fall to two-over-par. Boonchant drained a 30-foot birdie on No. 10 and had her third birdie of the round on No. 11 to get back to even. She notched bogeys on No. 16 and No. 17 to close the long day with a 74.

Senior Virginia Elena Carta opened her first round on No. 3 with a bogey, but came back to birdie the short par five fifth. She added birdies on No. 10 and No. 11 to move to two-under-par early in the day. Carta, who is from Udine, Italy, had a bogey on No. 12 and then had bogeys on No. 18 and No. 1 to close her round with a 73.

Carta had a rough opening second nine with five straight bogeys to start, but battled back with two consecutive birdies on No. 10 and No. 11. After a bogey on No. 12, Carta added a sand save birdie on the 445-yard, par five 15th and a birdie on No. 1 to close her round with a 74. She is tied for 18th with a three-over, 147.

Sophomore Miranda Wang had Duke’s best start to the day as she had a par on her opening hole and then turned in her first eagle of the season and second of her career on No. 5. After a bogey on the sixth hole, Wang had a key, long par putt on No. 9, before rolling in birdies on No. 10, No. 13 and No. 15 to move to four-under-par. She would struggle on the greens over her final six holes as she bogeyed four of those to finish at even-par, 72.

She started her final 18 holes with six consecutive pars and then rolled in her second straight birdie on the 10th hole to get to one-under-par. Wang, a product of Beijing, China, added bogeys on No. 11, No. 13 and No. 14, before collecting her second birdie on the par five 15th. She closed with three bogeys over her final six holes to finish with a 76.

Over holes No. 4 through No. 15, Wang was three-under-par for the day, while she was seven-over-par on holes No. 16 through No. 3.

Seeing action in her first ACC Championship, freshman Gina Kim had rounds of 79 and 77 Thursday and is tied for 49th. She was limited to only three birdies on the day.

“The key is going to be a good rest, not get too greedy and not think too much about what the other teams are doing and not trying to force scoring too low,” said Belac on what the team needs to do in final round. “Just be patient and hopefully things turn out well for us.”

Duke will tee off in the final round Saturday, April 20 beginning at 8:30 a.m., along with Louisville and Virginia Tech. Fans will be able to watch Saturday’s final round via ACC Network Extra beginning at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, March 20 with Roy Philpott and Donna Andrews on the call.

“I sometimes do some math with them, which I will probably do in a little bit to make sure they realize how possible it is,” added Brooks. “Anybody can birdie and anyone can bogey. You get the right mix of birdies at the right time and you can take a big bite out of a 14-shot deficit. So you’ve got to keep believing. That is one of the main things in this game is to keep believing in possibilities, when you have team golf going on. More so than individuals. If you were six or seven shots back as an individual, that's different. But we have five players out there and 14 shots is doable.”

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Duke Results
T8 T2 Ana Belac Duke 72 68 140 -4
T8 T13 Jaravee Boonchant Duke 72 74 146 +2
T18 T18 Virginia Elena Carta Duke 73 74 147 +3
T8 T22 Miranda Wang Duke 72 76 148 +4
T49 T49 Gina Kim Duke 79 77 156 +12

1 2 Team Scores
1 1 Wake Forest 280 287 567 -9
4 2 Florida State 292 285 577 +1
2 3 Virginia 286 294 580 +4
3 4 Duke 289 292 581 +5
5 5 Virginia Tech 293 295 588 +12
6 6 Louisville 294 297 591 +15
7 7 North Carolina 295 301 596 +20
T8 8 Boston College 297 302 599 +23
T8 9 Miami 297 303 600 +24
12 10 Clemson 308 300 608 +32
T10 11 Notre Dame 303 307 610 +34
T10 12 North Carolina State 303 308 611 +35

Start Finish Player Team Scores
1 1 Emilia Migliaccio Wake Forest 66 71 137 -7
2 T2 Siyun Liu Wake Forest 68 72 140 -4
T8 T2 Ana Belac Duke 72 68 140 -4
T18 4 Amanda Doherty Florida State 73 68 141 -3
T4 5 Anna Redding Virginia 70 72 142 -2
T4 6 Jennifer Zhou North Carolina 70 73 143 -1
T24 T7 Frida Kinhult Florida State 74 70 144 E
T24 T7 Vanessa Knecht Wake Forest 74 70 144 E
3 T7 Bibilani Liu Boston College 69 75 144 E
T24 T10 Lauren Hartlage Louisville 74 71 145 +1
T38 T10 Katharine Patrick Virginia 76 69 145 +1
T8 T10 Margot Bechadergue Louisville 72 73 145 +1
T18 T13 Emily Mahar Virginia Tech 73 73 146 +2
T18 T13 Puk Lyng Thomsen Florida State 73 73 146 +2
T8 T13 Jennifer Kupcho Wake Forest 72 74 146 +2
T8 T13 Emma Albrecht Notre Dame 72 74 146 +2
T8 T13 Jaravee Boonchant Duke 72 74 146 +2
T38 T18 Abby Heck Notre Dame 76 71 147 +3
T8 T18 Jessica Spicer Virginia Tech 72 75 147 +3
T18 T18 Virginia Elena Carta Duke 73 74 147 +3
T8 T18 Beatrice Wallin Florida State 72 75 147 +3
T24 T22 Keera Foocharoen Virginia Tech 74 74 148 +4
T8 T22 Claudia De Antonio Miami 72 76 148 +4
T24 T22 Elizabeth Bose Virginia Tech 74 74 148 +4
T24 T22 Amanda Hollandsworth Virginia Tech 74 74 148 +4
T38 T22 Monika Hartl North Carolina State 76 72 148 +4
T8 T22 Miranda Wang Duke 72 76 148 +4
T4 T28 Brynn Walker North Carolina 70 79 149 +5
T18 T28 Macarena Aguilera Miami 73 76 149 +5
T8 T28 Riley Smyth Virginia 72 77 149 +5
T24 T28 Alexa Rivas Boston College 74 75 149 +5
T18 T28 Mairead Martin Louisville 73 76 149 +5
T4 T28 Beth Lillie Virginia 70 79 149 +5
T24 T34 India Clyburn North Carolina State 74 76 150 +6
T24 T34 Alice Hewson Clemson 74 76 150 +6
T44 T34 Ailin Li Boston College 77 73 150 +6
T24 T34 Morgan Gonzales Virginia 74 76 150 +6
T38 38 Kristyna Frydlova Miami 76 75 151 +7
T38 T39 Renate Grimstad Miami 76 76 152 +8
T47 T39 Ana Paula Valdes Clemson 78 74 152 +8
T38 T39 Kelly Whaley North Carolina 76 76 152 +8
T44 T39 Ivy Shepherd Clemson 77 75 152 +8
T35 43 Olivia Cason Louisville 75 78 153 +9
T49 T44 Alexandra Swayne Clemson 79 75 154 +10
T47 T44 Anna Backman Miami 78 76 154 +10
T35 T44 Letizia Bagnoli Wake Forest 75 79 154 +10
T24 T47 Laura Kowohl North Carolina State 74 81 155 +11
T53 T47 Mariana Ocano North Carolina 80 75 155 +11
T49 T49 Ava Bergner North Carolina 79 77 156 +12
T44 T49 Katie Kim Boston College 77 79 156 +12
T49 T49 Gina Kim Duke 79 77 156 +12
58 T49 Amelia Williamson Florida State 82 74 156 +12
T53 53 Delaney Shah Louisville 80 77 157 +13
T35 54 Isabella DiLisio Notre Dame 75 83 158 +14
T53 T55 Naomi Ko North Carolina State 80 79 159 +15
T53 T55 Mia Ayer Notre Dame 80 79 159 +15
T49 57 Mim Sangkapong North Carolina State 79 81 160 +16
57 58 Gracyn Burgess Clemson 81 81 162 +18
T59 59 Linrui Chen Boston College 84 84 168 +24
T59 60 Claire Albrecht Notre Dame 84 88 172 +28

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