Duke Moves into Lead at Dale McNamara Fall Preview
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."
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.
TEAM SCORES 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
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