Tuesday's college roundup
Duke women’s golf third at NCAA Championship
ATHENS, Ga. — The third-ranked and top-seeded Duke women’s golf team carded a 2-under 286 Tuesday in the opening round of the NCAA Championship and sit only two shots off the lead with 54 holes remaining at the 6,372-yard, par 72 University of Georgia Golf Course.
San Jose State opened the morning wave with a four-under-par, 284, and took the outright lead before Southern California closed the afternoon session with a 284 as well to finish the day tied following 18 holes. The Blue Devils carded 11 birdies and sit two shots behind the team leaders with three days of action left. Alabama (288), UCLA (289), Purdue (289), Stanford (290), Oklahoma (291), Arizona State (293) and Tulane (295) rounded out the top 10.
Leading the way for the Blue Devils was freshman Celine Boutier, who carded a career-best 3-under 69 and is tied for second overall on the individual leaderboard. A native of Montrouge, France, Boutier is two shots off the individual leader, Regan De Guzman of San Jose State, who fired a 5-under 67 in the morning.
Coming off notching a 4-under 68 in the final round at the NCAA Central Regional, junior Laetitia Beck fired a 1-under 71 and is tied for sixth overall. Beck collected pars on the first 10 holes to open the day before sticking an approach to within 3 feet on the 356-yard, par-4 No. 11 for birdie.
Looking to claim a third straight top 10 finish in the NCAA Championship, senior Lindy Duncan had a slow start to the day before closing strong with an even-par 72 and is tied for 20th.
Green named ACC’s top men’s golf coach
DURHAM — Duke coach Jamie Green was named ACC Coach of the Year, and senior Brinson Paolini earned All-ACC honors as selected by the league’s 11 head coaches and announced Tuesday.
N.C. State junior Albin Choi was named the ACC Player of the Year, while Florida State’s Hank Lebioda was selected ACC Freshman of the Year.
Green, in his fifth season guiding the Duke program, was named the league’s top coach for the first time after leading his Blue Devils to their first ACC title since 2005, and the program’s seventh overall.
Paolini earned All-ACC honors for the second time in his career. The Virginia Beach, Va., native finished in the top 20 of all 11 stroke-play event with six top 10s and four top 5 finishes. He closed the campaign with a 71.8 stroke average with 16 under-par rounds, including eight rounds in the 60s.
Tyson heads to Catawba
DURHAM — Carrboro’s Diamond Tyson, the most prolific basketball scorer in the history of the school, has signed a letter of intent to play at Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory.
Tyson, a point guard with an attacking style, was the girls’ player of the year in the Carolina 12 Conference and made the District 6 first team. Her 1,861 career points, 507 career rebounds and 69.25 career free-throw percentage are Carrboro benchmarks.
Tyson was a four-year varsity starter for Carrboro, and she’ll suit up one more time on the prep level during the N.C. High School East-West All-Star Games on July 22 in Greensboro Coliseum.
During the recent track-and-field state championships at N.C. A&T in Greensboro, Tyson helped the girls’ team to a third consecutive 2-A title. Tyson, who began throwing the shot put just a few months ago, was the state runner-up in that event with a toss of 38-11.