DUKE TAKES OVER LEAD AT NCAA DIVISION I WOMEN'S GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS
May 22, 2014
Tulsa, Oklahoma - Fifteen years ago the Duke Blue Devils captured the 1999 NCAA women's golf title at the Tulsa Country Club. On Friday, the No. 2-ranked Blue Devils will enter the final 18 holes at the 2014 NCAA Women's Golf Championships in first-place and looking to capture the school's second national crown in Tulsa and their sixth overall NCAA championship.
Due to potential inclement weather for Friday afternoon, tee times for the final round of the championship have been adjusted to start a half hour earlier. The morning tee times will begin at 7:00 am (CT), while the afternoon wave of golfers tee-off at 11:20 am (CT).
The top three teams - Duke, Southern Cal and Oklahoma - will tee-off at 12:26 pm from hole number one.
Duke was one of three teams to card a two-under par 278 total on Thursday as the Blue Devils take a six-stroke lead into Friday's final round. The Blue Devils received another strong performance from Celine Boutier as her three-under par score of 67 moved the sophomore into a first-place tie with Doris Chen of Southern Cal. The No. 1-ranked Trojans also turned in a score of 278 for an 862 overall score after 54 holes. Chen turned in a round of 68 for her 207 score.
"They played really well. We had wind again, but it was a little more predictable and a little less gusty. They stayed patient, said Duke head coach Dan Brooks. "We had our share of mistakes and went into some water, normal things that happen in a round of golf, but they just recovered emotionally and it was great. I was happy to see those birdies. I was on 14 and saw us give up a couple when USC was getting birdies, but then within a few holes we were getting birdies again."
"I knew they were lurking back there, they just took their time," Brooks commented about Southern Cal. "They are a really great team. They are coached well and have a lot of talent and drive in their players. We have to get after it tomorrow."
Tulane was the third school to tie for the best round of the day with a 278 score. Three players are tied for third-place as Iowa State's Chonlada Chayanun, Michigan State's Allyssa Ferrell and Stanford's Lauren Kim are three shots behind the leaders with even-par scores of 210.
Individual day tickets ($10 for adults, $5 for children) for Friday's final round can be purchased at the Tulsa Country Club. Spectator parking is located at the OSU-Tulsa campus and shuttles will begin running at 6:30 am.
On Friday, the NCAA awards ceremony will take place on the 18th green following competition.
The University of Tulsa and Tulsa Sports Commission join the Tulsa Country Club as hosts of the 2014 NCAA® Division I Women's Golf Championships.
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