Of their first staff day trip after their nationwide championship remaining Might, the No. 2 Blue Devils headed to the Midwest in what proved to be a attempting week.
The ANNIKA Intercollegiate, set on the Royal Golfing Membership in Lake Elmo, Minn., hosted seven of the highest 11 groups, in addition to two different ranked fighters, to make up the vast majority of the 12-team opening week tournament.
Duke completed the development in 9th position and shot an 883 for 19-over par. Personally, sophomore Gina Kim shot a one-under, 215 and completed in a tie for 11th position to guide the Blue Devils. No. Nine Wake Wooded area introduced house the staff championship with a 17-under 3 spherical ranking of 847, which was once 14 photographs forward of 2d position and preseason No. 26 Arkansas.
“Obviously no longer the end we had been on the lookout for,” Duke head trainer Dan Brooks advised GoDuke.com Wednesday. “Hats off to Wake for his or her improbable match. We can proceed to paintings exhausting and the rankings will come. The season is younger.”
Kim’s spotlight reel hollow got here on her 9th of the second one day, the par-five 18th hollow from a distance of 451 yards. Kim wanted most effective two photographs to make it onto the fairway after which she tired her first eagle putt of her faculty profession.
At the similar hollow that Kim eagled the day past, Shepherd knocked in her first faculty eagle and completed the spherical 4 photographs over par. Kim and Shepherd had been two of most effective 19 golfers to eagle no less than one hollow.
The Blue Satan lineup of Kim, junior Jaravee Boonchant, senior Ana Belac, redshirt junior Miranda Wang and freshman Erica Shepherd spread out play Monday with a four-over, 292 for 9th position total after 18 holes.
Shepherd, in her first profession collegiate match, shot an excellent 72 to put in a tie for 15th with 36 holes last. The Greenwood, Ind., local birdied her first hollow—the par 4, 345-yard 10th hollow. Belac additionally completed with the similar ranking and birdied holes 3, 9, 15 and 18.
“Clearly, I used to be lovely frightened,” Shepherd advised GoDuke.com Monday after the crowning glory of her first collegiate spherical. “However I feel that qualifying, how anxious that was once, in reality ready me. I discovered find out how to stay my nerves beneath regulate. Simply having the staff right here with me in reality helped. Simply attempted to stick stable and stored it easy.”
Kim birdied 3 of her ultimate 4 holes—the sixth, eighth and ninth—to complete one shot over par. At the entrance 9—Kim began at the again 9—she was once two photographs under par. The sophomore additionally hit a couple of birdies on holes 15 and 18.
Boonchant tired a birdie at the par-three 16 and completed the spherical 4 photographs over par. Wang concluded the hole spherical with a trio of birdies and 3 photographs over par.
On day two, Kim birdied her 2d and 6th holes and completed her spherical two photographs beneath par and in a tie for 13th position. The Chapel Hill local tired two extra birdies at the morning spherical.
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As a staff, the Blue Devils moved up a spot within the standings after 36 holes into 8th and wanted 3 photographs lower than Monday’s spherical to take action.
Boonchant and Wang each and every hit a couple birdies and completed the center spherical at four-over and six-over, respectively.
The beginning of the 3rd and ultimate day of the match didn’t cross as easily as the former two, as the elements put a wrinkle into the beginning instances. After an preliminary one-hour extend, the beginning instances had been then driven again every other hour and adjusted to a shotgun get started.
After the extend, Kim carded 3 birdies and completed her spherical with an excellent 72 for a tie for 11th position.
“I feel this was once a in reality just right problem for our staff to get again into the match mode,” Kim advised GoDuke Wednesday. “We did not do in addition to we had was hoping to, however I feel it is a nice finding out enjoy for all folks to soak up and determine what we must do for our subsequent match.”
Belac had 4 birdies and completed 4 photographs over par in a tie for 26th position. Boonchant birdied the 9th and 18th holes to complete in a tie for 42nd position whilst Shepherd tired 4 birdies to near out her first tournament in 44th position. Wang completed one shot in the back of Shepherd for a tie for 45th position as she transformed 4 birdies.
Jointly, the Blue Devils carded a 302 for the overall spherical. Duke additionally completed 2d in par 3 reasonable with a three.12 for seven photographs over. On par fours, the Blue Devils had been 42 photographs over in 9th position with a mean ranking of four.28. After all, at the par fives the place Kim and Shepherd each and every earned eagles, Duke completed in a tie for 3rd and 16 photographs beneath par for 4.72 reasonable.
The Blue Devils additionally completed with the fifth-most birdies with 44 general and their two eagles positioned them in 6th position.
Personally, Boonchant completed the match with essentially the most pars at 38. Kim’s 12 and Belac’s 11 birdies completed in a tie for 10th and 12th, respectively.
Duke will partake in its subsequent match Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 on the Windy Town Collegiate Vintage close to Chicago. The development will happen on the Glen View Membership in Golfing, Sick.
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