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Blue Devils Jump to First at NCAA Auburn Regional
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 05/07/2019
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OPELIKA, Ala. – With a one-under-par, 287, Tuesday in the second round of the NCAA Auburn Regional at the 6,371-yard, par 72 Saugahatchee Country Club in Opelika, Ala., the top-seeded Duke women’s golf team moved into sole possession of first with 18 holes remaining. 

The top six teams following Wednesday’s round will advance to the NCAA Championship May 17-22 in Fayetteville, Ark. 

Duke has carded rounds of 290 and 287 for a one-over, 577, and leads by two strokes over Virginia (579).  The Blue Devils (287) and Cavaliers (283) turned in the only under-par rounds of the day Tuesday.  Rounding out the top six schools are Florida State (580), Vanderbilt (580), East Carolina (586), Auburn (589) and Tennessee (589). 

The Blue Devils had a solid start to the day with a one-over-par first nine and then featured seven birdies on the back, which led to a two-under score over the final nine holes. 

“We actually had matching sides; our front side was pretty good, too,” said Duke head coach Dan Brooks.  “Yesterday, we definitely had to have that back side to keep us in it, and today we were just solid all day.”

Duke will enter the final round with three golfers in the top 12 of the individual leaderboard.  Boosted by a two-under-par, 70, in round two, freshman Gina Kim moved into the top five with a one-under, 143, along with sophomore Jaravee Boonchant, who signed for a one-under, 71, in round two.  Junior Ana Belac is tied for 12th with rounds of 72 and 73 for a one-over, 145. 

There is a three-way tie on top of the individual leaderboard with Virunpat Olankitkunchai of Maryland, Linette Holmslykke of Murray State and Auston Kim of Vanderbilt sitting at four-under, 140.  Kim and Boonchant are only two of eight golfers entering the final round under par. 

A native of Chapel Hill, N.C., Kim opened her day with four straight pars, before suffering a bogey on No. 5 as she missed the green and could not get up and down.  She came back to drain a 12-foot birdie on No. 7 on her way to making the turn at even par.  Kim would return to one-over-par with a three-putt bogey on No. 13. 

The All-ACC selection as a rookie would catch fire over the next three holes registering three straight birdies.  She sank a 20-footer for birdie on No. 14, seven-footer on No. 15 and then hit her 8-iron from 139 yards on No. 16 to 12 feet and sank the putt to move to two-under.  Kim closed with two good chances for birdie, but settled with pars and a two-under-par, 70, ledger.  She hit 13 greens, 12 fairways and rolled 29 putts on the day. 

Boonchant, who is from Bangkok, Thailand, opened her day with nine pars and one bogey over her first 10 holes.  On the back nine, she collected two birdies on No. 11 and No. 13 on her way to finishing the day with a one-under, 71.  Boonchant hit 15 greens, 12 fairways and had 31 putts. 

A product of Portoroz, Slovenia, Belac posted a one-over, 73, in round two, after collecting 13 pars, two birdies and three bogeys.  She had a bogey on No. 2, but returned to even after draining a seven-footer for birdie on the par five eighth.  Belac hit her next drive out of bounds, but managed to get a very good bogey on No. 9, and made the turn at one-over, 37. 

After hitting her second shot to the edge of the green on the par five 10th, Belac connected on her second birdie of the day to return to even.  She stayed that way until the 18th when she hit her drive a little to the right and had to chip down the fairway. Belac just missed her par putt to finish with a 73.  She hit 11 greens, 10 fairways and rolled 29 putts. 

Senior Virginia Elena Carta improved her score in round two with a one-over, 73, and is tied for 28th through two days.  Carta, who hails from Udine, Italy, had a bogey to open her day, but then played a beautiful second hole.  She hit her 7-iron from 151 yards to eight feet and sank the birdie to return to even.  After nearly reaching the green in two on the par five eighth, Carta got up-and-down from the sand and sank a six-footer for birdie to get to one-under. 

Carta closed the back nine with seven pars and bogeys on No. 12 and No. 14.  She hit 14 greens, 12 fairways and had 34 putts in the round. 

Sophomore Miranda Wang was very consistent to start Tuesday notching nine consecutive pars to open the day.  This included a great sand save for par on No. 8.  She struggled to start the back nine with three straight bogeys, before connecting on her first birdie of the day on the 170-yard, par three 13th.  She added a bogey on No. 16 on her way to finishing with a 75.  She hit 12 greens, 10 fairways and featured 33 putts on the afternoon. 

“The greens were firmer today and the wind was swirly,” added Brooks.  “There were some places, like on 4, where I was up on the green and they couldn’t feel it down on the tee. Everybody was going over that green because you couldn’t feel that the wind was helping you up on the green. I saw a lot of chipping from over the green for all three teams.”

Duke will tee off Wednesday in the final round beginning at 10:50 a.m., along with Virginia and Florida State.  The Blue Devils will be going for their 11th all-time NCAA regional title and second straight, after winning the Madison Regional a year ago.

“I think it’s really important,” commented Brooks on starting strong the first two days.  “We’ve been in a position where we didn’t play well in the first round. It’s like grades in college – if you do well in the early semester, it’s not so hard to maintain it. You don’t want to get in the hole.”

Duke Results
T14 T5 Gina Kim Duke 73 70 143 -1
T10 T5 Jaravee Boonchant Duke 72 71 143 -1
T10 T12 Ana Belac Duke 72 73 145 +1
T34 T28 Virginia Elena Carta Duke 75 73 148 +4
T14 T28 Miranda Wang Duke 73 75 148 +4

1 2 Team Scores
2 1 Duke 290 287 577 +1
7 2 Virginia 296 283 579 +3
T3 T3 Florida State 291 289 580 +4
1 T3 Vanderbilt 287 293 580 +4
T3 5 East Carolina 291 295 586 +10
T8 T6 Auburn 299 290 589 +13
T5 T6 Tennessee 294 295 589 +13
T5 8 Maryland 294 297 591 +15
T8 9 Furman 299 294 593 +17
13 10 Houston 306 293 599 +23
10 11 Alabama 300 303 603 +27
T11 12 California 304 300 604 +28
14 13 Clemson 307 298 605 +29
T11 14 Denver 304 304 608 +32
18 T15 Murray State 312 298 610 +34
15 T15 Kennesaw State 308 302 610 +34
17 T15 South Alabama 310 300 610 +34
16 18 University at Albany 309 304 613 +37

Start Finish Player Team Scores
T1 T1 Virunpat Olankitkunchai Maryland 70 70 140 -4
T34 T1 Linette Holmslykke Murray State 75 65 140 -4
T1 T1 Auston Kim Vanderbilt 70 70 140 -4
T4 4 Amanda Doherty Florida State 71 70 141 -3
T10 T5 Anne-Charlotte Mora * Texas State 72 71 143 -1
T4 T5 Mariah Smith Tennessee 71 72 143 -1
T14 T5 Gina Kim Duke 73 70 143 -1
T10 T5 Jaravee Boonchant Duke 72 71 143 -1
T51 T9 Beth Lillie Virginia 76 68 144 E
T10 T9 Dorthea Forbrigd East Carolina 72 72 144 E
T4 T9 Beatrice Wallin Florida State 71 73 144 E
T34 T12 Angelica Moresco Alabama 75 70 145 +1
T20 T12 Natalie Srinivasan Furman 74 71 145 +1
T51 T12 Victoria Huskey * College of Charleston 76 69 145 +1
T20 T12 Carley Cox East Carolina 74 71 145 +1
T51 T12 Roanne Tomlinson Kennesaw State 76 69 145 +1
T10 T12 Ana Belac Duke 72 73 145 +1
T34 T18 Elena Hualde Auburn 75 71 146 +2
T34 T18 Katharine Patrick Virginia 75 71 146 +2
T4 T18 Siranon Shoomee East Carolina 71 75 146 +2
T1 T18 Micheala Williams Tennessee 70 76 146 +2
T34 T18 Morgan Baxendale Vanderbilt 75 71 146 +2
T34 T23 Brooke Sansom Auburn 75 72 147 +3
T34 T23 Kaleigh Telfer Auburn 75 72 147 +3
T4 T23 Anna Redding Virginia 71 76 147 +3
T71 T23 Maddy Rayner Houston 78 69 147 +3
T34 T23 Amelia Williamson Florida State 75 72 147 +3
T71 T28 Riley Smyth Virginia 78 70 148 +4
T20 T28 Morgan Gonzales Virginia 74 74 148 +4
T20 T28 Madison Moosa Furman 74 74 148 +4
T20 T28 Brigitte Thibault * Fresno State 74 74 148 +4
T14 T28 Laura Van Respaille Maryland 73 75 148 +4
T20 T28 Hannah Screen Houston 74 74 148 +4
T34 T28 Virginia Elena Carta Duke 75 73 148 +4
T14 T28 Miranda Wang Duke 73 75 148 +4
T14 T28 Abbey Carlson Vanderbilt 73 75 148 +4
T51 T28 Julie Hovland South Alabama 76 72 148 +4
T62 T38 Haylee Harford Furman 77 72 149 +5
T34 T38 Elena Arias Quiros California 75 74 149 +5
T20 T38 Katherine Zhu California 74 75 149 +5
T20 T38 Trussy Li Denver 74 75 149 +5
T62 T38 Waverly Whiston Tennessee 77 72 149 +5
T34 T38 Alice Hewson Clemson 75 74 149 +5
T34 T38 Puk Lyng Thomsen Florida State 75 74 149 +5
T20 T38 Frida Kinhult Florida State 74 75 149 +5
T20 T46 Hanley Long * Middle Tennessee 74 76 150 +6
T34 T46 Xialin Tian Maryland 75 75 150 +6
T20 T46 Leonie Harm Houston 74 76 150 +6
T14 T46 Louise Yu Vanderbilt 73 77 150 +6
T51 T46 Madison Walker University at Albany 76 74 150 +6
T51 T51 Julie McCarthy Auburn 76 75 151 +7
T34 T51 Mary Weinstein Denver 75 76 151 +7
T34 T51 Maria Herraez Galvez California 75 76 151 +7
T20 T51 Mychael O'Berry Auburn 74 77 151 +7
T71 T51 Ivy Shepherd Clemson 78 73 151 +7
T20 T51 Kathryn Carson East Carolina 74 77 151 +7
T51 T51 Ariana Macioce Tennessee 76 75 151 +7
T4 T51 Courtney Zeng Vanderbilt 71 80 151 +7
T62 T59 Jiwon Jeon Alabama 77 75 152 +8
T34 T59 Sarah-Eve Rheaume Furman 75 77 152 +8
T71 T59 Annika Espino University at Albany 78 74 152 +8
T51 T59 Siti Shaari South Alabama 76 76 152 +8
T34 T63 Anna Reid Alabama 75 78 153 +9
T51 T63 Alyson Bean Denver 76 77 153 +9
T14 T63 Kenzie Wright Alabama 73 80 153 +9
T51 T63 Ludovica Farina Maryland 76 77 153 +9
T20 T63 Clara Aveling Kennesaw State 74 79 153 +9
T71 T63 Megan Henry University at Albany 78 75 153 +9
T93 T69 Leonie Bettel * Kentucky 83 71 154 +10
T82 T69 Ana Paula Valdes Clemson 80 74 154 +10
T82 T69 Maria Jose Martinez Houston 80 74 154 +10
T82 T69 Chloe Thornton Kennesaw State 80 74 154 +10
T62 T69 Alexandra Swayne Clemson 77 77 154 +10
T82 T74 Cindy Oh California 80 75 155 +11
T62 T74 Monica San Juan * Chattanooga 77 78 155 +11
T62 T74 Kate Law East Carolina 77 78 155 +11
T62 T74 Mikayla Bardwell Tennessee 77 78 155 +11
T82 T74 Jane Watts Murray State 80 75 155 +11
T78 T74 Caroline Berge South Alabama 79 76 155 +11
T78 T74 MacKenzie Peyton South Alabama 79 76 155 +11
T51 81 Jacqueline Bendrick Furman 76 80 156 +12
T88 T82 Sophie Newlove Denver 81 76 157 +13
T62 T82 Gracyn Burgess Clemson 77 80 157 +13
T71 T82 Sarah McDowell Murray State 78 79 157 +13
T71 85 Charlotte Charrayre Kennesaw State 78 80 158 +14
T82 T86 Raeysha Surendran Murray State 80 79 159 +15
T78 T86 Anna Moore Murray State 79 80 159 +15
T62 T86 Helga Einarsdottir University at Albany 77 82 159 +15
T78 T89 Camille Enright Denver 79 81 160 +16
T88 T89 Elena Verticchio Maryland 81 79 160 +16
T91 T91 Medy Thavong Kennesaw State 82 80 162 +18
T88 T91 Caroline Juillat University at Albany 81 81 162 +18
95 93 Marianne Li California 84 80 164 +20
T91 94 Mary Mac Trammell Alabama 82 86 168 +24
T93 95 Amanda Elich Houston 83 88 171 +27
96 96 Lexi Worrell South Alabama 92 87 179 +35

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