Duke women 4th, UNC T-8th in NCAA golf regionals

May. 08, 2014 @ 10:37 PM

The first round of the NCAA East Regional was an up-and-down adventure for the top-seeded and third-ranked Duke women’s golf team Thursday.  The Blue Devils got off to a hot start and was tied for the lead at nine-under-par, but went through a tough stretch dropping to even par, before finishing with a four-under-par, 284, with 36 holes remaining at the 6,257-yard, par 72 SouthWood Golf Club in Tallahassee, Fla.

Duke sits in fourth place and seven shots behind Vanderbilt, who shot collegiate course record 11-under-par, 277.  Tulane (280), Virginia (283), Duke (284), NC State (286), UCF (289), Texas State (289), East Tennessee State (289), Pepperdine (290) and Florida State (290) round out the top 10 teams.  The top eight teams following 54 holes will advance to the NCAA Championship.

“We were nine-under at one point, tied for the lead,” said Duke head coach Dan Brooks about the first round.  “Then we went back to even and then we got back to four-under. The wind kicked up.  It is a very score-able golf course, but if you think about that too much you will get in trouble.  The wind kicked up and the greens are not rolling real smooth.  You have to be patient or your under-par is going to disappear, which is what happened with us.”

After Duke registered a nine-under-par ledger through the front nine, the Blue Devils went through a stretch from hole 12 through 14 where Duke dropped nine shots.  On the 12th hole, Duke was six-over-par with a triple-bogey and three three-putt bogeys.

As a team, the Blue Devils carded 23 birdies, including eight by Celine Boutier and seven by Yu Liu.  Boutier, who is out of Montrouge, France, is second overall, after carding a season-best five-under-par, 67.  Riding a three-tournament win streak, Boutier is only two shots off the individual lead of 65 held by Tulane’s Emily Penttila.

“That is one thing that I like about this golf course, is that it makes you think that way,” commented Brooks.  “There are holes that are very score-able if you look at the basic layout.  Then you have others that look like they would be and if you try to take advantage, and you don’t think clearly, you are going to get a big score.  In fact, we got some of our highest scores on the 'easiest' holes out there.”

Boutier kicked off her day with four birdies over her first seven holes to move to four-under-par.  She missed her only green of the day on the ninth hole and suffered one of only three bogeys on the day.  Boutier opened the back nine with birdies on the 10th and 11th holes, before suffering a three-putt bogey on the 389-yard, par four 12th.

“I would say Celine is our best thinker out here,” said Brooks.  “She doesn’t try to take too much advantage of holes that are supposed to be easier.  She just plays solid golf.  Look what happened, if the hole is easier she gets rewarded because it is.  She is not trying to take advantage.”

She responded with birdies on No. 14 and No. 16 to get to six-under-par and one shot off the individual lead.  Boutier just missed a birdie putt on the 17th, before hitting her approach on the 18th onto the top of the green for a tough, long birdie putt.  She ended up with a three-putt bogey to finish with a five-under-par, 67, which was a season best for the ACC Player of the Year.  Boutier hit a season-high 17 greens, 11 fairways and had 30 putts on the day.

“The course was actually pretty short because of the warm weather and the layout,” said Boutier.  “Most of the par fives were reachable in two.  There were a lot of short par fours so you could score really low.  My irons were really good so I could hit it really close to the pin.”

Boutier’s round of 67 is the lowest 18-hole ledger score by a Duke golfer in regional play since 2007 when Amanda Blumenherst carded a 63.

Both Sandy Choi and Alejandra Cangrejo each fired even-par rounds of 72 Thursday and are tied 28th overall.

Choi, who is a freshman out of San Diego, Calif., opened with birdies on her first two par fives, No. 1 and No. 4, to move to two-under-par.  She suffered a three-putt bogey on the fifth hole totaling six straight pars.  Choi hit No. 12 and had her second three-putt bogey of the day, before closing with six consecutive pars.  She hit 14 greens, 13 fairways and had 32 putts on the day.

A product of Bogota, Colombia, Cangrejo held a one-under-par score through eight holes as she rolled in a birdie on No. 4.  After a bogey on the ninth hole, Cangrejo went back to one-under-par following a great drive on the 295-yard, par four 11th hole that left her just short of the green.  After the birdie putt, Cangrejo move further on the back nine and had back-to-back bogeys on No. 13 and No. 14.  She had a great 21-foot birdie putt drop in the cup on the challenging 163-yard, par three 17th to get back to even, where she finished the day.  Cangrejo hit 12 greens, nine fairways and had 30 putts in the first round.

Liu featured a very colorful scorecard in Thursday’s first round as she notched seven birdies, six pars, three bogeys, one double-bogey and one triple-bogey on her way to finishing with a one-over-par, 73.  She opened her day with a par and then reeled off three straight birdies on the second through fourth holes to get to three-under-par.  Liu, who is a native of Beijing, China, ran into trouble off the tee on the eighth hole and suffered a double-bogey, but got back to three-under-par with back-to-back birdies on No. 9 and No. 10.

On the short par four 11th, Liu tried to go for the green off the tee and ended up in the greenside bunker and suffered a bogey.  She then plugged in the greenside bunker on the 12th and finished with a triple-bogey.  Liu went on to bogey the next two holes to fall back to three-over-par, before closing with birdies on No. 15 and No. 16 and pars on the final two holes.  She hit 13 greens, nine fairways and had 32 putts.

Senior Laetitia Beck turned in a three-over-par, 75, and is tied 70th overall following day one.  On Thursday, she burned the edges of the cup all day long and finished with 33 putts, while hitting 13 greens and 10 fairways.  Beck, who is from Caesarea, Israel, held a one-under-par ledger through eight holes, before going double, birdie, double and bogey to move to three-over-par through 12 holes.  She closed the final six holes at even par that included a chip-in birdie on No. 18.

Duke will tee off Friday in the second round beginning at 1:11 p.m. off hole 10 along with South Carolina and Stanford.

“I think we just need to make more birdies,” commented Boutier regarding the next two days of play.  “The course is really short so you can really score, but you have to be careful because some of the holes are actually pretty tricky even though they are short.  You can go for the pin and not just hit the center of the green.  You would think that you can go to the green by hitting your driver, but actually hitting it short of the bunkers and playing conservative golf might be more efficient.  You have to be more careful with that.”

In Stillwater, Okla., UNC’s women are tied for 8th place at 14-over 302, seven shots behind co-leaders Alabama and California (295), after the first round of the NCAA Central Regional at Karsten Creek Country Club.

Wad Phaewchimplee of Kent State is the overall leader at 7-under 65 and UNC’s top finisher was Katherine Perry, who’s tied for third place at 1-under 71. Emma Talley of Alabama is second at 4-under 68.

 

TAR HEEL WOMEN TIED FOR 8TH, PERRY IN STRIKING RANGE

STILLWATER, OKLA. – The University of North Carolina’s women’s golf team is in eighth place after the first day of play in the NCAA Central Regional. The Tar Heels recorded a 14-over 302, with senior Katherine Perry leading the team firing a 1-under 71.

“Katherine Perry led the team with her strong play today,” commented Head Coach Jan Mann. “This course demands strong ball striking. I believe our entire team will be ready to tee up tomorrow.”

Perry, a senior from Cary, N.C., carded four birdies, one bogey, and one double bogey for a 1-under 71. Perry is currently in a tie for third place. Freshman Leslie Cloots, of Antwerp, Belgium, fired a 4-over 76. With one birdie and five bogeys, Cloots finished day one in 41st place. Elizabeth Mallett, a sophomore native of Sutton Coldfield, England, registered one birdie, four bogeys, and one double bogey for a 5-over 77. Mallett stands in 55th place, with teammate Maia Schechter following closely in 68th place with a 6-over 78. Schechter shot one birdie, three bogeys, and two double bogeys. Senior Jackie Chang stands in 110th place shooting six bogeys and three double bogeys. Chang, of Scottsdale, Ariz., ends the first round with a 12-over 84.

Ninth-ranked Alabama and 35th ranked California are locked in a tie for first firing 7-over 295. Trailing closely in a tie for third place are Florida and Kent State each with 8-over 296. Oklahoma State takes fifth with a 10-over 298. There is a two-way tie for sixth and eighth. In sixth, UCLA and Minnesota each have 11-over 299, and in eighth North Carolina and Mississippi State each have 14-over 302.

Kent State’s Wad Phaewchiplee stands in first in the pack of 126 golfers shooting a 7-under 65, while Emma Talley of Alabama takes second scoring a 4-under 68. In a four-way tie for third are Perry, as well as Kent State’s Natalie Goodson and Florida’s Sarah Schober each finishing the first round with 1-under 71. There is a five-way tie for sixth place at an even-par 72 between Colorado’s Jennifer Coleman, UNLV’s Dana Finkelstein, California’s Hanna Suh, Wichita State’s Maria Alejandra Vaillalobos, and Harvard’s Anne Cheng.

The NCAA Central Regional continues through Saturday at the Karsten Creek Golf Club, which features a par 72, 6,200-yard layout. The tournament play resumes at 7:30 a.m. tomorrow. Live scoring will be available on GoHeels.com and on Golfstat.com.
 

NCAA EAST REGIONAL WOMEN'S GOLF, Tallahassee, Fla. 1st Round

Pos. Team/Player (seed) Rd 1 Total
1 Vanderbilt 277 277
T3 Simin Feng (1) 68 68
T3 Jenny Hahn (2) 68 68
T13 Irina Gabasa (3) 70 70
T19 Antonia Scherer (4) 71 71
T28 Kendall Martindale (5) 72 72
2 Tulane 280 280
1 Emily Penttila (2) 65 65
T13 Gemma Dryburgh (1) 70 70
T28 Madison Opfer (5) 72 72
T46 Silvia Garces (4) 73 73
T87 Belen Goicoechea (3) 76 76
3 Virginia 283 283
T13 Lauren Coughlin (2) 70 70
T13 Lauren Diaz-Yi (5) 70 70
T19 Elizabeth Brightwell (3) 71 71
T28 Briana Mao (1) 72 72
T117 Portland Rosen (4) 80 80
4 Duke 284 284
2 Celine Boutier (1) 67 67
T28 Sandy Choi (3) 72 72
T28 Alejandra Cangrejo (5) 72 72
T46 Yu Liu (4) 73 73
T70 Laetitia Beck (2) 75 75
5 NC State 286 286
T3 Brittany Marchand (1) 68 68
T9 Augusta James (3) 69 69
T46 Lindsay McGetrick (4) 73 73
T87 Ana Menendez (2) 76 76
T109 Rachael Taylor (5) 78 78
T6 UCF 289 289
T9 Fanny Cnops (2) 69 69
T19 Ashley Holder (1) 71 71
T60 Monifa Sealy (4) 74 74
T70 Kristine Odaiyar (3) 75 75
T87 Kaitlyn Price (5) 76 76
T6 Texas State 289 289
T13 Lora Assad (4) 70 70
T19 Maty Monzingo (5) 71 71
T46 Lejan Lewthwaite (1) 73 73
T70 Iman Nordin (2) 75 75
T87 Ali Cowan (3) 76 76
T6 East Tennessee St. 289 289
T3 Gabriella Wahl (2) 68 68
T28 Sian Evans (4) 72 72
T60 Linda Dobele (3) 74 74
T70 Vivienne Chin (1) 75 75
123 Lourdes Lopez (5) 82 82
T9 Pepperdine 290 290
T9 Grace Na (1) 69 69
T19 Marissa Chow (2) 71 71
T46 Alina Ching (5) 73 73
T99 Liv Cheng (3) 77 77
T109 Somin Lee (4) 78 78
T9 Florida State 290 290
T9 Matilda Castren (1) 69 69
T19 Alex Milan (3) 71 71
T70 Lydia Gumm (2) 75 75
T70 Anna Böhmer (4) 75 75
T114 Carlton Kuhlo (5) 79 79
T11 South Carolina 291 291
T19 Sarah Schmelzel (2) 71 71
T28 Suzie Lee (4) 72 72
T46 Samantha Swinehart (5) 73 73
T70 Justine Dreher (1) 75 75
T87 Katelyn Dambaugh (3) 76 76
T11 Campbell 291 291
T19 Lisbeth Brooks (4) 71 71
T46 Tahnia Ravnjak (2) 73 73
T46 Kaylin Yost (3) 73 73
T60 Nadine White (5) 74 74
T87 Louise Latorre (1) 76 76
T11 Stanford 291 291
T3 Mariah Stackhouse (1) 68 68
T28 Lauren Kim (2) 72 72
T46 Casey Danielson (3) 73 73
T109 Marissa Mar (4) 78 78
T114 Mariko Tumangan (5) 79 79
14 Auburn 293 293
T28 Clara Baena (5) 72 72
T46 Victoria Trapani (3) 73 73
T60 Marta Sanz (1) 74 74
T60 Alex Harrell (2) 74 74
T99 Diana Fernandez (4) 77 77
T15 Kentucky 295 295
T28 Liz Breed (1) 72 72
T46 Haley Mills (2) 73 73
T70 Cylia Damerau (4) 75 75
T70 Ale Walker (5) 75 75
T87 Sarah Harris (3) 76 76
T15 Louisville 295 295
T19 Tara Lyons (3) 71 71
T46 Katie Petrino (4) 73 73
T70 Laura Restrepo (2) 75 75
T87 Emily Haas (1) 76 76
T87 Shannon Gramley (5) 76 76
17 Troy 296 296
T28 Fatima Fern Cano (1) 72 72
T28 Taylor McGraw (5) 72 72
T70 Becca Horner (3) 75 75
T99 Langley Vannoy (4) 77 77
T120 Brooke Spinks (2) 81 81
T18 Baylor 297 297
T28 Hayley Davis (2) 72 72
T60 Louise Gateau-Chovelon (4) 74 74
T70 Hadas Libman (3) 75 75
T87 Laura Lonardi (1) 76 76
T99 Maggie Beth Byers (5) 77 77
T18 East Carolina 297 297
T28 F. Gustafsson Spang (2) 72 72
T60 Fanny Wolte (3) 74 74
T70 Katie Kirk (4) 75 75
T87 Lane Gakeler (5) 76 76
T120 Nico Engstroem Skaug (1) 81 81
20 Georgia 298 298
T28 Harang Lee (5) 72 72
T60 Rocio Sanchez Lobato (4) 74 74
T70 Sammi Lee (1) 75 75
T99 Manuela Carbajo Re (3) 77 77
T114 Amira Alexander (2) 79 79
21 College of Charleston 299 299
T28 Mary Chandler Bryan (2) 72 72
T60 Louise Olsson (4) 74 74
T70 Laura Fuenfstueck (1) 75 75
T109 Morgan Webber (3) 78 78
T117 Julia Neumann (5) 80 80
22 Seton Hall 302 302
T46 Alison Kruse (1) 73 73
T70 Erin McClure (2) 75 75
T99 Megan Tenhundfeld (3) 77 77
T99 Hannah Basalone (5) 77 77
T117 Karlie Zabrosky (4) 80 80
23 Murray State 307 307
T28 Delaney Howson (1) 72 72
T99 Sydney Trimble (2) 77 77
T99 Jackie Van Meter (3) 77 77
T120 Abbi Stamper (4) 81 81
124 Sophie Hillier (5) 83 83
24 Alabama State Univ. 315 315
T70 Jenelle Kraakman (1) 75 75
T99 Dismary Marquez (2) 77 77
T109 Brooklyn Kraakman (3) 78 78
125 Sylvia Masango (5) 85 85
126 Shanon Spinuzzi (4) 87 87

 

NCAA CENTRAL REGIONAL WOMEN'S GOLF, Stillwater, Okla. 1st Round

Pos. Team/Player (seed) Rd 1 Total
T1 Alabama 295 295
2 Emma Talley (2) 68 68
T11 Stephanie Meadow (1) 73 73
T41 Cammie Gray (4) 76 76
T68 Mia Landegren (5) 78 78
T90 Janie Jackson (3) 81 81
T1 California 295 295
T6 Hannah Suh (2) 72 72
T17 Nicola Roessler (1) 74 74
T17 Carly Childs (4) 74 74
T25 Lucia Gutierrez (3) 75 75
T102 JoEe Kok (5) 82 82
T3 Florida 296 296
T3 Sarah Schober (2) 71 71
T17 Maria Torres (1) 74 74
T17 Karolina Vlckova (3) 74 74
T55 Camilla Hedberg (5) 77 77
T68 Elcin Ulu (4) 78 78
T3 Kent State 296 296
1 Wad Phaewchimplee (3) 65 65
T3 Natalie Goodson (2) 71 71
T25 Jennifer Ha (1) 75 75
T116 Erin Hawe (5) 85 85
123 Josee Doyon (4) 88 88
5 Oklahoma State 298 298
T11 Amy Ruengmateekhun (2) 73 73
T11 Jayde Panos (5) 73 73
T41 Lauren Falley (3) 76 76
T41 Isabella Deilert (4) 76 76
T102 Julie Yang (1) 82 82
T6 UCLA 299 299
T11 Bronte Law (5) 73 73
T25 Alison Lee (1) 75 75
T25 Louise Ridderstrom (2) 75 75
T41 Erynne Lee (3) 76 76
T55 Ani Gulugian (4) 77 77
T6 Minnesota 299 299
T11 Banchalee Theinthong (5) 73 73
T17 Anna Laorr (2) 74 74
T17 Sarinee Thitiratanakorn (3) 74 74
T68 Carmen Laguna (1) 78 78
T110 Emie Peronnin (4) 84 84
T8 Miss. State 302 302
T11 Ally McDonald (1) 73 73
T41 Rica Tse (3) 76 76
T41 Ji Eun Baik (5) 76 76
T55 Mary L. Gallagher (4) 77 77
T68 Jessica Peng (2) 78 78
T8 North Carolina 302 302
T3 Katherine Perry (1) 71 71
T41 Leslie Cloots (5) 76 76
T55 Elizabeth Mallett (2) 77 77
T68 Maia Schechter (3) 78 78
T110 Jackie Chang (4) 84 84
10 Wichita State 303 303
T6 Maria Alejandra Villalobos (4) 72 72
T41 Alejandra Arellano (1) 76 76
T41 Samantha Stewart (5) 76 76
T78 Bryce Schroeder (3) 79 79
T120 Meghan Schuetz (2) 86 86
11 Ohio State 305 305
T25 Jessica Porvasnik (1) 75 75
T25 Zoe-Beth Brake (2) 75 75
T25 Katja Pogacar (3) 75 75
T84 Allison Harper (4) 80 80
T84 Claudia Lim (5) 80 80
T12 Arizona 306 306
T17 Lindsey Weaver (1) 74 74
T17 Manon Gidali (5) 74 74
T55 Kendall Prince (4) 77 77
T90 Wanasa Zhou (2) 81 81
T102 Jessica Vasilic (3) 82 82
T12 Colorado 306 306
T6 Jennifer Coleman (1) 72 72
T41 Kristin Coleman (2) 76 76
T55 Natalie Vivaldi (5) 77 77
T90 Alexis Keating (4) 81 81
T120 Jamie Oleksiew (3) 86 86
14 UNLV 307 307
T6 Dana Finkelstein (1) 72 72
T68 Demi Mak (3) 78 78
T68 Avery French (4) 78 78
T78 Mayko Chwen Wang (2) 79 79
T102 Vivian Chen (5) 82 82
15 Harvard 308 308
T6 Anne Cheng (1) 72 72
T55 Christine Lin (3) 77 77
T68 Brenna Nelsen (5) 78 78
T90 Tiffany Lim (2) 81 81
109 Bonnie Hu (4) 83 83
T16 Arkansas 309 309
T25 Summar Roachell (5) 75 75
T41 Emily Tubert (2) 76 76
T55 Gaby Lopez (1) 77 77
T90 Regina Plasencia (3) 81 81
T90 Emma Lavy (4) 81 81
T16 Kansas 309 309
T25 Yupaporn Kawinpakorn (1) 75 75
T55 Minami Levonowich (2) 77 77
T55 Pornvipa Sakdee (3) 77 77
T84 Meghan Potee (5) 80 80
T90 Thanuttra Boonraksasat (4) 81 81
T16 Texas 309 309
T25 Natalie Karcher (1) 75 75
T41 Julia Beck (3) 76 76
T78 Bertine Strauss (2) 79 79
T78 Anne Hakula (5) 79 79
T90 Lara Weinstein (4) 81 81
T16 LSU 309 309
T41 Lindsay Gahm (3) 76 76
T41 Elise Bradley (5) 76 76
T55 Madelene Sagstrom (1) 77 77
T84 Caroline Nistrup (2) 80 80
T116 Ali Lucas (4) 85 85
20 SMU 315 315
T25 Maria Elena Villamil (2) 75 75
T68 Alexandra Rossi (3) 78 78
T84 Jenny Haglund (1) 80 80
T102 Jennifer Park (4) 82 82
T102 Katie Page (5) 82 82
T21 Lamar 318 318
T55 Kelly Erasmus (5) 77 77
T78 Taylor Stockton (3) 79 79
T90 Wenny Chang (1) 81 81
T90 Nghi Ngo (2) 81 81
T90 Bertille Dupont (4) 81 81
T21 Miami 318 318
T25 Daniela Darquea (1) 75 75
T25 Delfina Acosta (3) 75 75
T110 Kailey Walsh (2) 84 84
T110 Rika Park (4) 84 84
T110 Christina Ocampo (5) 84 84
23 Siena College 334 334
T68 Valerie Wijaya (4) 78 78
T84 Victoria Nguyen (2) 80 80
T116 Kristen Bromley (5) 85 85
T124 Kylie Strijek (1) 91 91
T124 Katie Nelson (3) 91 91
24 Long Island 337 337
T102 Marisol Doglioli (1) 82 82
T110 Cristina Felip (4) 84 84
T116 Victoria Fagan (3) 85 85
T120 Brianna Maynard (2) 86 86
T124 Alice Boothroyd (5) 91 91
 
Individuals
Pos. Player (Team) Rd 1 Total
T25 Aurora Kan (Purdue) 75 75
T25 Stephanie Miller (Illinois) 75 75
T25 Kimmy Hill (Texas Tech) 75 75
T55 Jenna Hague (Ball State) 77 77
T78 Ember Schuldt (Illinois) 79 79
T90 Sanna Nuutinen (TCU) 81 81