Duke wins NCAA women's golf championship

May. 23, 2014 @ 06:38 PM

Duke won its sixth NCAA women’s golf national championship on Friday, outlasting reigning national champion Southern California at Tulsa (Okla.) Country Club.

Duke finished two strokes in front of the Trojans.

The Blue Devils add the 2014 championship to the NCAA titles they won in 1999, 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2007.

Duke,this year’s ACC champions, entered Friday’s final round of the 72-hole NCAA championship with six-stroke lead over USC. The Trojans played well on the front nine, reaching 10-under par as a team at one point, lead by as many as four strokes.

But Duke rallied on the back nine to claim the national championship.

Celine Boutier, Sandy Choi, Laetitia Beck and Alejandra Cangrejo all turned in under-par rounds for Duke on Friday.

Beck and Cangrejo were all 2-under par while Boutier and Choi finished 1-under for Duke, which was the national runner-up to USC last year in Athens, Ga.

USC’s Doris Chen shot 3-under par on Friday to claim the individual national championship over Boutier by two strokes.