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Duke Moves into Lead at Dale McNamara Fall Preview

Antonia Von Wnuck scored a round of 72 on Tuesday.
Antonia Von Wnuck scored a round of 72 on Tuesday.
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Sept. 10, 2013

Tulsa, Oklahoma - The nation's No. 2-ranked Duke Blue Devils took a one-stroke lead Tuesday after two rounds at the Dale McNamara Fall Preview. Oklahoma and Oklahoma State sit in second and third place in the 54-hole tournament at the par-70 Tulsa Country Club course.

Tulsa scored eight strokes better in second round action to turn in a round of 304 today, but still sits in 15th place with a 624 total for 36 holes.

Duke has a nine-over par 569 total after today's six-over par 286, while Oklahoma remained in second place with an eight-over par 288 for a 570 total. First round leader Oklahoma State fell just two strokes behind team leader Duke after today's 293 for a 571 score.

The nation's No. 1-ranked and defending national champion Southern Cal is tied with the 2012 national champion Alabama Crimson Tide for fourth-place. The last two NCAA Champions sit just three strokes behind Duke with scores of 572.

Rounding out the top-10 teams include Arizona (575), Arizona State (577), Stanford (292), Arkansas (580) and a two-way tie for 10th place with North Carolina and Vanderbilt (582).

Just as there is a tight race for team title, the individual medalist race is just as close going into Wednesday's final 18 holes. There's a four-way tie for first place after two rounds as Laetitia Beck of Duke, Arizona State's Noemi Jimenez, Southern Cal's Kyung Kim and Tulane's Emily Penttila have scores of two-under par heading into the final round. Beck and Penttila had the best score of the day with three-under par 67s.

Tulsa was led today by sophomore Antonia Von Wnuck's two-over par 72, while junior college transfer Franziska Voellinger turned in a score of 75. Von Wnuck sits in 57th place overall with a 151 total and Voellinger is in 66th place with a two-day score of 155.



Von Wnuck began the day with a birdie on hole 10, and suffered a bogey on the par-4 12th hole before shooting par on the next nine holes. She finished with three bogeys, two pars and one birdie on the final six holes of the day.

"Antonia played very well today. One thing we forget is that she just turned 18 years old. She's a sophomore, but she's very, very young. She's a fantastic player. She competed much better today. She's been a little sick, but she battled through today and really shot a good score. Toni had a chance to have a real low score, but had a couple bogeys coming in," said Head Coach Randy Keck.

"We started on the back nine, which we feel is a little easier nine to start on. Antonia knocked it close on the first hole and made a birdie putt, and hit it close the next seven or eight holes but didn't make any buts. She hung tough the hole day and made a lot of pars," said Keck.

"We had a lot of improvement over yesterday. The scores really don't look that much different than yesterday, but the attitude and the competitiveness was much better. Our young players are getting adjusted," added Keck. "I thought we competed well today. We were much more settled and comfortable with each other today."

Tulsa sophomore Alex Haun is in 72nd place with a 161 total, followed by senior Kayla Riede in 73rd place at 162 and freshman Valeria Otoya in 74th place with a score of 164.

Oklahoma and Oklahoma State continued their consistent play from Monday despite the gusty winds.

"We played pretty good. The conditions got a little bit tougher as the wind was definitely gusty. The scores are a little bit higher today than yesterday," said Oklahoma Head Coach Veronique Drouin-Luttrell. "When we got to number 6, that's a pretty tough par-3 from the get-go, but we were into the wind pretty good, so it made it a little bit challenging right there. From there on, it was pretty gusty. But, overall the girls played consistent."

The Dale McNamara Fall Preview will conclude on Wednesday with the final 18 holes. Tee times begin at 8:00 am.

1.	Duke	        283-286=569
2.	Oklahoma	282-288=570
3.	Oklahoma State	278-293=571
T4.	Southern Cal	288-284=572
T4.	Alabama	        288-284=572
6.	Arizona	        283-292=575
7.	Arizona State	284-293=577
8.	Stanford	286-292=578
9.	Arkansas	291-289=580
T10.	North Carolina	289-293=582
T10.	Vanderbilt	287-295=582
T12.	Georgia	        288-295=583
T12.	Tulane	        291-292=583
14.	Texas	        292-304=596
15.	Tulsa	        316-308=624

TOP-10 INDIVIDUALS T1. Laetitia Beck, Duke 71-67=138 (-2) T1. Noemi Jimenez, Arizona State 69-69=138 (-2) T1. Kyung Kim, Southern Cal 69-69=138 (-2) T1. Emily Penttila, Tulane 71-67=138 (-2) T5. Regina Plasencia, Arkansas 70-69=139 (-1) T5. Julie Yang, Oklahoma State 67-72=139 (-1) T7. Daniela Lendl, Alabama 70-70=140 (E) T7. Kendall Martindale, Vanderbilt 71-69=140 (E) T7. Stephanie Meadow, Alabama 71-69=140 (E) T7. Kendall Prince, Arizona 69-71=140 (E)

TULSA INDIVIDUALS T57. Antonia Von Wnuck 79-72=151 T66. Franziska Voellinger 80-75=155 72. Alex Haun 84-77=161 73. Kayla Riede 78-84=162 74. Valeria Otoya 79-85=164