Saturday, April 02, 2016

Duke struggle without Leona Maguire  
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ATHENS, Georgia – Duke University freshman Virginia Elena Carta fired a one-under-par 71 on Friday to tee off stroke-play qualifying at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic at the 6,307-yard, par 72 University of Georgia Golf Course in Athens, Georgia
As a team, Duke placed tied ninth and will be placed in the “Black” bracket for match play Saturday and Sunday.  T

he Blue Devils, who are playing without World No 1 female amateur  Leona Maguire, turned in a 14-over 302. Leona is playing in the first LPGA Major of the season but missed the halfway cut.
UCLA shot a two-under-par, 286, and host Georgia fired a 288 to pace the field, while Alabama (289), Southern California (292), Denver (295), Northwestern (294), Purdue (297), Kent State (297), Duke (302), Arkansas (302), Auburn (303) and Oregon State (311) rounded out the field.
Duke, Arkansas, Auburn and Oregon State will see action in the “Black” bracket with action starting Saturday morning local time.  The Blue Devils are set to face Oregon State Saturday morning, Auburn Saturday afternoon and Arkansas Sunday morning.
Carta, who hails from Udine, Italy, equalled her best first round of the season with one-under 71, which placed tied fourth.  Louise Riderstrom of UCLA turned in a four-under-par, 68, to win stroke play qualifying.

  Carta hit 16 greens in regulation, 13 fairways and had 32 putts.
After turning in a 75 Friday, junior Sandy Choi placed tied 29th.  with a 75.  She hit 13 greens, 12 fairways and had 34 putts.
Gurbani Singh was held without a birdie Friday on her way to turning in a 77, which was tied 46th.  A product of New Delhi, India, Singh had three bogeys on holes 1-9 and two on the back, after starting the day on hole six.
Both Celine Boutier, a former world No 1 lady amateur and Lisa Maguire carded rounds of 79 and are tied 54th overall.
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