DUKE EDGES USC FOR NCAA WOMEN'S GOLF CROWN
May 23, 2014
Tulsa, Oklahoma -
Just like the classic battles in sports between Ali-Frazier, Red Sox-Yankees and Lakers-Celtics, the war between Duke and Southern Cal at the Tulsa Country Club course on Friday was a knock-down fight between two heavyweights in the collegiate golf world. In the end, the Duke Blue Devils edged out the Trojans to claim the school's sixth women's golf championship in school history.
USC scored the day's best round with a 10-under par score of 270, but it wasn't enough to overtake the Blue Devils, who had a six-stroke lead heading into the final round. Duke carded a score of 274 and finished with a 10-over par score of 1130 to USC's 1132.
Duke's victory comes 15 years after winning the 1999 title at this same Tulsa Country Club course.
Southern Cal mounted a strong push with nine birdies and just four bogeys through the first nine holes, while Duke had seven bogeys, one double bogey and six birdies on the same nine holes. After trailing USC by four shots, Duke regrouped and jumped back into the lead on the back nine and held on for the victory,
USC's Doris Chen outlasted Duke's Celine Boutier for individual medalist honors with a six-under par score of 274 after today's three-under par score of 67. Boutier finished with a four-under par 276 after today's one-under par score of 69.
UCLA (1145), Oklahoma (1147) and Arizona State (1150) rounded out the top-five teams.
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