KirkwoodGolf: NCAA Women's Championship Medal Play

Monday, May 23, 2016

NCAA Women's Championship Medal Play

Duke  University surge to second-place tie in Oregon: next up cut to top 8 for match-play

EUGENE, Oregon – Catapulted by a record-setting 54-output by Duke University freshman Virginia Elena Carta, the Blue Devil women’s golf team jumped into a tie for second place at the NCAA Championship on its way to advancing to Monday’s final round of stroke play 6,331-yard, par 72 Eugene Country Club in Oregon.

Carta, who hails from Udine, Italy, shattered the NCAA 54-hole record with rounds of 69, 68 and 66 for an incredible 13-under-par ledger of 203.  The previous mark was nine-under-par 207, set by Grace Park of Arizona State (1998), Jennifer Rosales of Southern California (1998), Virada Nirapathpongporn of Duke (2002) and Annie Park of Southern California (2013).

As a team, Duke shot a team-best eight-under-par, 280, for the third round to move into a tie for second along with UCLA at 862.  Southern California holds a two-stroke lead over the Bruins and Blue Devils.  Duke’s round of 280 was the lowest since the Blue Devils carded a 278 and 274 in the third and fourth rounds in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to win their sixth NCAA Championship.

The Blue Devils have made a very impressive run up the leaderboard, after starting the first round tied 21st overall.  Duke moved up 12 spots in Saturday’s second round to tied ninth and then up seven spots to tied second after three days.

For the second consecutive round, Duke featured three golfers in red numbers as Leona Maguire and Sandy Choi each finished with one-under 71s. Sophomore Gurbani Singh collected her best round of the spring season with an even-par, 72.

par 216 (3x72) Yardage: 6,331

203 V E Carta (Duke) 69 68 66
209 C Knight (Alabama) 69 69 71, D Weber (Miami) 69 66 74

213 L Maguire (Duke) 72 70 71 (T10)
218 E Mallett (N Carolina) 75 71 72 (T27)
221 C Thomas (Washington) 75 71 75 (T58)

(Top eight teams after Monday's fourth round

will advance to match-play stages
1 - 860 S Carolina
T2 - 862 UCLA, Duke
4 - 866 Washington
5 - 868 Stanford
6 - 870 Oregon
7 - 872 S Carolina
T8 - 873 Virginia, Arizona
T10 - 876 Northwestern, Oklahoma State
T12 - 881 Arkansas, N Carolina.
14 - 882 Alabama
15 - 883 Florida State

885 Tennessee
886 Florida
887 Michigan, Georgia
888 Furman
890 Miami
892 Ohio State
897 Texas
898 Brigham Young