Women's Golf NCAA ACCtion: Tuesday, May 18

May 19, 2010

Blue Devils Open Tied for Third at the NCAA Championship
Led by a late day charge, the fifth-ranked and third-seeded Duke women's golf team concluded the first round of the 2010 NCAA Championship in a tie for third place overall with 54 holes remaining at the 6,368-yard, Par 72 Country Club of Landfall in Wilmington, N.C. Junior Kim Donovan turned in the best NCAA Championship round of her three-year career as she fired a four-under-par, 68, and is tied for fourth overall.

As a team, Duke opened the championship on hole 10 and were six-over-par through five holes before settling down and playing terrific golf to close out the day. The Blue Devils turned in an even-par, 288, on Tuesday and is six shots behind Southern California (282). Purdue (284) is in second, while the Blue Devils are tied for third along with Arizona State and UCLA. Rounding out the top 10 were Alabama (289), Florida State (289), TCU (292), Auburn (293) and Virginia (294).

The Blue Devil trio of Alison Whitaker, Lindy Duncan and Donovan played their final 10 holes at a combined seven-under-par in the afternoon to help move Duke up the leaderboard. All five Duke golfers registered birdies on the 445-yard, par five 18th as they made the turn. 

Florida State Tied For 6th At NCAA
Florida State freshman Jessica Negron is in seventh place in the individual standings and the No. 23 ranked Seminole women's golf team is in a tie for sixth place in the team standings after the first round of the NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championship at the Country Club of Landfall. Negron was bogey free for the first time in her career as she came within one stroke of tying her career best round with a three under par 69.

Florida State is in the hunt for the team championship with three rounds and 54 holes remaining to be played after their strong showing in Tuesday's first round. With a one over par total of 289, the Seminoles counted two scores under par (69 by Negron and 70 by sophomore Maria Salinas) and two more scores a 76 or below (74 by Hannah Thompson and 76 by Macarena Silva) to mark their best team score since finishing with a 288 in the second round of the Bryan National Collegiate on April 3. Florida State won the team championship in that event. It also marked the first time since the third round of the Pinehurst Challenge that the Seminoles had counted two sub par scores in the same round. The Seminoles also won the team championship at the Pinehurst Challenge.

The Seminoles are the only team not ranked in the top 20 in the national rankings that are in the top 10 of team standings after the first round and are the second highest placing of the three ACC teams in the event. The Seminoles just behind second ranked Duke (tied for third) and 13th ranked Virginia (10th). 

Altomare Paces UVa at First Day of NCAAs
The 13th-ranked Virginia women's golf team is in 10th place after the opening round of play of the NCAA Championships taking place at the Country Club of Landfall in Wilmington, N.C. Playing in the first group on the course Tuesday morning, the Cavaliers shot 6-over 294. Fourth-ranked USC leads the field at 6-under 282 while eighth-seeded Purdue is second at 284. They were the only schools in the 24-team field to break par during the opening round.

Virginia was led by freshman Brittany Altomare who shot 2-under 70 to tie for eighth place. A trio of players share the lead at 5-under 67. That group includes Arizona State's Jennifer Johnson, Purdue's Maude-Aimee LeBlanc and USC's Jennifer Song.

Altomare used three birdies over her final four holes to place herself among the tournament leaders. Last fall she finished second playing on the same course at the Fall Preview/Landfall Tradition tournament.