College roundup: Duke gets No. 1 seed; UNC headed to Auburn
DURHAM — The third-ranked Duke women’s golf team received its 21st consecutive bid to participate in NCAA Regional action on Monday, as the Blue Devils were seeded No. 1 in the Central Region and will next travel to Norman, Okla., from May 9-11 to play for an invitation to the NCAA Championship.
No. 11 North Carolina will be playing in the East Regional at the Auburn University Club in Auburn, Ala.
Other teams competing in the Central Region are Oklahoma, Florida, Washington, Arizona State, UC Davis, Texas Tech, N.C. State, Michigan State, Iowa State, Southern Methodist, Campbell, Coastal Carolina, Wake Forest, TCU, Gonzaga, Indiana, UTSA, Mississippi State, Wisconsin, Lamar, Illinois State, Detroit and Butler. The following individuals will also be competing: Fanny Cnops (UNCG), Lori Beth Adams (UNCW), Emma Henrikson (San Diego State), Julie Roth (Central Arkansas), Paige Spiranic (San Diego State) and Christine Wong (San Diego State).
The regional will be a three-day, 54-hole tournament with 18 holes played each day. Duke will open action on May 9 on hole No. 1 at 8:36 a.m., along with Florida and Oklahoma.
Duke will be joined in Norman by No. 20 N.C. State and Wake Forest.
No. 14 Virginia will join the Tar Heels in Auburn, and Boston College freshman Isabel Southard was chosen to participate as an individual in the East Regional.
Florida State and Miami both were selected to play in the NCAA West Regional at the Stanford Golf Course in Palo Alto, Calif.
Johnston, Lin receive postgraduate scholarships
DURHAM — Duke diver Abby Johnston and fencer Anthony Lin received NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships, the organization announced.
Johnston and Lin will receive one-time grants of $7,500 and are the first Blue Devils this academic year to receive the postgraduate scholarships.
An Olympic silver medalist and three-time All-American, Johnston has been a standout on the collegiate, national and international diving circuits. She claimed the first national title for the Duke women’s swimming and diving program in 2011 on the 3-meter springboard and has won five ACC titles during her career.
Lin is a native of Portland, Ore., and has been a key member of the Duke fencing team over his four years. A three-time NCAA qualifier, Lin posted a career record of 181-56 as a member of Duke’s saber squad. He served as team captain as a senior, helping the Duke men post a 15-9 overall record and the sabers a 16-8 mark.
Shane Larkin aims to keep making his own name
CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Barry Larkin signed contracts worth more than $75 million during a playing career that gained him entry into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Shane Larkin has signed contracts worth $0.
Soon, that will change, with the now-former Miami Hurricanes point guard having declared himself eligible for the NBA draft and skipping his final two years of collegiate eligibility. He’s meeting with agents in New York this week, plans to sign with one as quickly as possible and will then start figuring out his pre-draft plans that could include everything from private workouts with teams to potential endorsement deals.
And while he’s never had to want for anything — part of the perks of having a father who played his way into fame, fortune and Cooperstown — Shane Larkin said money was one of the factors in his decision-making process about whether the time was right to go pro now. In short, he never wanted to totally rely on his father’s money, and cannot wait to start making his own.
“I’ve always wanted to have my own money,” Larkin said. “Some people jump early because they need that money for their family. That’s not my situation. But I don’t want to keep asking my dad every time I want a pair of new Jordans.”
There were countless other factors as well, including some that had him leaning toward returning to Miami for at least one more year. But when he realized that many people in the NBA think he has a shot of getting drafted in the first round, everything started tipping in favor of going pro. Even if he gets drafted at No. 30, he’d be in line to make at least $880,600 next season.
Not bad, considering he was getting by on $1,775 a month at Miami.