Tuesday, March 26, 2019

 
Wang’s Career-Best 68 Helps Blue Devils to Tied Second Finish at Evans Derby Experience
 
March 25, 2019
DUKE UNIVERSITY NEWS RELEASE
 
AUBURN, Ala. – Duke sophomore Miranda Wang signed for a career-best, four-under-par, 68, Monday as the top-ranked Blue Devils turned in a tied for second place finish at the Evans Derby Experience in Auburn, Ala. 
 
Wang, a native of Beijing, China, rolled in five birdies, all over her final 12 holes of action. Monday’s final round moved her up to a tie for 19th place, which marked her second top 20 finish of the season and fourth of her career.  She notched rounds of 76, 76 and 68 over the three days to post a four-over, 220. 
 
Duke featured a slow start to the final round, which opened with a shotgun start at 9:15 a.m.  The Blue Devils had nine bogeys early, but settled down to collect seven birdies over a four-hole stretch to eventually move into a tie for first with Texas.  Both Duke and Texas would drop shots on the way in to pave the way for Florida State to take the team title with a six-over, 870, at the 6,250-yard, par 72 Saugahatchee Country Club.
 
The Blue Devils registered rounds of 293, 289 and 292 for a 10-over, 874, to tie for second with Texas (874) and Arkansas (874).  Florida (880), Kent State (885), Auburn (889), South Carolina (893), Baylor (893), Mississippi State (901) and Ole Miss (901) closed out the top 10 teams.  Kent State’s Karoline Stormo notched the individual title with a three-under, 213. 
 
Wang opened her final round on hole No. 4 and after parring her first two holes she suffered her lone bogey of the day on the 381-yard, par four sixth hole.  She then struck fire collecting her first birdie on the 505-yard, par five 10th.  Wang hit her second shot close to the green and then chipped to a foot, followed by sinking the short birdie.  She was dialed in and on hole No. 14 she hit her 54-degree wedge from 87 yards to within three feet for birdie.  Wang moved to two-under with her third birdie on the par five 15th.
 
After three straight pars, Wang registered back-to-back birdies on holes No. 1 and No. 2.  She once again played the par five perfect and finished with a short birdie on the first hole.  Wang then hit her wedge from 116 yards to three feet behind the hole on the 378-yard, par four second hole, before rolling in her season-best fifth birdie of the day.  She hit 12 fairways, a career-best 16 greens and had 30 putts on the day. 
 
Senior Virginia Elena Carta opened her round on No. 2 and held a three-over-par score heading to hole No. 10.  Carta, who is from Udine, Italy, was able to roll in birdie putts on No. 10 and No. 11 to get to one-over-par.  She would connect on another birdie on No. 17, but had bogeys on No. 18 and No. 1 to finish the day with a 74.  She tied for 25th with a five-over, 221.  Carta hit 11 fairways, 12 greens and had 33 putts in the final round.
 
Entering the final round one shot of the individual lead, freshman Gina Kim was back-and-forth over her first 13 holes with three birdies, four bogeys and six pars to hold a one-over ledger.  Kim, who hails from Chapel Hill, N.C., struggled on the way in with a six-over-par score on her final five holes to finish with a career-worst, 79.  She tied for 27th with a six-over, 222. 
 
After carding rounds of 74 and 69 the first two days, junior Ana Belac had a 77 Monday on her way to placing tied 19th with a four-over, 220.  She birdied two par fives, No. 8 and No. 15, in her final round.  A product of Portoroz, Slovenia, Belac had 11 greens, 11 fairways and rolled 32 putts. Belac led the field with a six-under-par ledger on par fives.
 
Jaravee Boonchant finished the Evans Derby Experience strong with a one-over-par, 73, as she would go on to place tied for 30th with a 223.  Boonchant, who is from Bangkok, Thailand, was two-under-par over her final nine holes Monday with birdies on No. 12 and No. 14. 
 
Sophomore Hannah O’Sullivan closed the tournament with a final round 90. 
 
Duke featured all five golfers in the top 30 of the individual leaderboard, but did not have a golfer finish in top 10 for the first time this season.  The Blue Devils led the field with a 4.78 average score on par fives for the week and was 13-under-par.  Duke also led the tournament with 42 birdies. 
 
Both Wang and O’Sullivan will next compete in the Bryan National Collegiate March 29-31 as individuals in Greensboro, N.C.  Belac, Boonchant, Carta and Kim along with Duke incoming freshman Erica Shepherd will next see action in the Augusta National Women’s Amateur April 3-6 in Augusta, Ga.
 
As a team, Duke will then compete in the ACC Championship April 18-20 in Greensboro, N.C.
 
#GoDuke
 
Duke Results
T48 T19 Miranda Wang  Duke  76   76  68       220  +4
T3 T19 Ana Belac  Duke  74   69  77       220  +4
T19 T25 Virginia Elena Carta  Duke  74   73  74       221  +5
T3 T27 Gina Kim  Duke  72   71  79       222  +6
T31 T30 Jaravee Boonchant  Duke  73   77  73       223  +7
86 86 Hannah O'Sullivan *  Duke  88   91  90       269  +53
 
1 2 3 Team Scores
T6  4  1 Florida State  293  292  285       870  +6
T6  2  T2 Duke 293  289  292       874  +10
T3  1  T2 Texas, University of  290  289  295       874  +10
1  3  T2 Arkansas 285  299  290       874  +10
2  6  5 Florida 288  304  288       880  +16
5  5  6 Kent State 292  298  295       885  +21
T3  7  7 Auburn 290  303  296       889  +25
T9  T9  T8 South Carolina 296  302  295       893  +29
T9  8  T8 Baylor 296  298  299       893  +29
8  T9  T10 Mississippi St. U. 294  304  303       901  +37
T13  T11  T10 Ole Miss 305  296  300       901  +37
T13  T11  12 Clemson 305  296  304       905  +41
11  14  13 Alabama 301  313  293       907  +43
12  13  14 Louisville 302  306  304       912  +48
 
Start Finish Player Team Scores
T3 1 Karoline Stormo  Kent State  74   69  70       213  -3
18 2 Maria Fassi  Arkansas  70   76  68       214  -2
T3 T3 Julie McCarthy  Auburn  72   71  72       215  -1
T1 T3 Clara Manzalini  Florida  68   74  73       215  -1
T3 T3 Beatrice Wallin  Florida State  72   71  72       215  -1
T12 T3 Frida Kinhult  Florida State  75   70  70       215  -1
T1 7 Kaitlyn Papp  Texas, University of  72   70  74       216  E
T8 T8 Gurleen Kaur  Baylor  68   76  73       217  +1
T19 T8 Maria Vesga  Baylor  73   74  70       217  +1
T12 T10 Kenzie Wright  Alabama  73   72  73       218  +2
T8 T10 Julia Johnson  Ole Miss  72   72  74       218  +2
T12 T12 Sara Kouskova  Texas, University of  74   71  74       219  +3
T8 T12 Agathe Laisne  Texas, University of  70   74  75       219  +3
T25 T12 Jiwon Jeon  Alabama  72   76  71       219  +3
T12 T12 Kaylee Benton  Arkansas  72   73  74       219  +3
T31 T12 Amanda Doherty  Florida State  75   75  69       219  +3
T25 T12 Elin Esborn  Florida  73   75  71       219  +3
T12 T12 Margot Bechadergue *  Louisville  74   71  74       219  +3
T19 T19 Lauren Hartlage  Louisville  71   76  73       220  +4
T8 T19 Ela Grimwood  Mississippi St. U.  70   74  76       220  +4
T48 T19 Miranda Wang  Duke  76   76  68       220  +4
T3 T19 Ana Belac  Duke  74   69  77       220  +4
T25 T19 Hailee Cooper  Texas, University of  74   74  72       220  +4
T12 T19 Emily Price  South Carolina  74   71  75       220  +4
T19 T25 Virginia Elena Carta  Duke  74   73  74       221  +5
T42 T25 Sierra Brooks  Florida  73   78  70       221  +5
T3 T27 Gina Kim  Duke  72   71  79       222  +6
T29 T27 Pimnipa Panthong  Kent State  72   77  73       222  +6
T19 T27 Aubree Jones  Mississippi St. U.  73   74  75       222  +6
T29 T30 Alice Hewson  Clemson  73   76  74       223  +7
T31 T30 Jaravee Boonchant  Duke  73   77  73       223  +7
T31 T30 Ximena Gonzalez  Arkansas  73   77  73       223  +7
T25 T30 Elena Hualde  Auburn  73   75  75       223  +7
T48 T30 Lois Kaye Go  South Carolina  74   78  71       223  +7
T31 T35 Maddie Luitwieler *  Texas, University of  72   78  74       224  +8
T31 T35 Brooke Sansom  Auburn  69   81  74       224  +8
T19 T35 Dylan Kim  Arkansas  70   77  77       224  +8
T42 T38 Chandler Rosholt *  Auburn  75   76  74       225  +9
T19 T38 Puk Lyng Thomsen  Florida State  71   76  78       225  +9
T31 40 Thitapa Pakdeesettak  Kent State  74   76  76       226  +10
T48 41 Mychael O'Berry  Auburn  76   76  75       227  +11
T42 T42 Erica Chiang  Baylor  76   75  77       228  +12
T31 T42 Ivy Shepherd  Clemson  76   74  78       228  +12
T52 T42 Ana Paula Valdes  Clemson  78   75  75       228  +12
T60 T42 Blair Stockett  Mississippi St. U.  74   80  74       228  +12
T31 T42 Marion Veysseyre  South Carolina  72   78  78       228  +12
T72 T42 Anita Uwadia  South Carolina  77   80  71       228  +12
T42 T48 Ana Pelaez  South Carolina  76   75  78       229  +13
T52 T48 Macy Somoskey  Ole Miss  80   73  76       229  +13
T65 T48 Kie Purdom *  Ole Miss  79   76  74       229  +13
T52 T48 Michaela Finn  Kent State  72   81  76       229  +13
T31 T48 Julia Goodson *  Kent State  79   71  79       229  +13
T60 T48 Amelia McKee *  Baylor  75   79  75       229  +13
75 T48 Angelica Moresco  Alabama  75   83  71       229  +13
T31 T48 Julia Dean *  Arkansas  75   75  79       229  +13
T70 T56 Amelia Williamson  Florida State  76   80  74       230  +14
T65 T56 Lauren Thibodeau  Louisville  75   80  75       230  +14
T52 T56 Ellen Hutchinson-Kay  Ole Miss  78   75  77       230  +14
T65 T56 Kennedy Swann  Ole Miss  75   80  75       230  +14
T65 T60 Mairead Martin  Louisville  80   75  76       231  +15
T52 T60 Hannah Levi  Mississippi St. U.  77   76  78       231  +15
T42 T60 Addison Baggarly  Florida  74   77  80       231  +15
T60 T60 Chloe Salort  Kent State  78   76  77       231  +15
T70 T60 Maria Hoyos  Arkansas  83   73  75       231  +15
T60 T60 Alexandra Swayne  Clemson  80   74  77       231  +15
T42 T60 Gracyn Burgess  Clemson  78   73  80       231  +15
T52 T67 Emma Bradley  Baylor  80   73  79       232  +16
T31 T67 Pi-Lillebi Hermansson *  Ole Miss  79   71  82       232  +16
T48 T67 Olivia Cason  Louisville  77   75  80       232  +16
T65 70 Emilee Hoffman  Texas, University of  81   74  78       233  +17
T76 T71 Conner Beth Ball  Ole Miss  83   76  75       234  +18
T52 T71 Callista Rice *  Clemson  74   79  81       234  +18
T60 T71 Kayley Marschke *  Auburn  77   77  80       234  +18
T52 T74 Clara Moyano *  Mississippi St. U.  77   76  82       235  +19
T72 T74 Caroline Hodge *  Florida State  78   79  78       235  +19
T72 T74 Jenny Kim *  Florida  79   78  78       235  +19
80 77 Anika Bolcikova *  Auburn  80   81  76       237  +21
T78 78 Katie Holt  Mississippi St. U.  80   80  78       238  +22
81 79 Kaleigh Telfer  Auburn  82   81  76       239  +23
T82 80 Anna Reid  Alabama  82   82  78       242  +26
T76 81 Diane Baillieux  Baylor  79   80  84       243  +27
T78 82 Carolina Caminoli *  Alabama  80   80  85       245  +29
T82 83 Gaby Amos *  South Carolina  80   84  85       249  +33
T82 84 Linda Trockel  Louisville  79   85  86       250  +34
85 85 Mary Mac Trammell  Alabama  81   84  87       252  +36
86 86 Hannah O'Sullivan *  Duke  88   91  90       269  +53
87 -  Marta Perez SanMartin  Florida  77  D  74       -     -
 

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