Women's Golf NCAA ACCtion: Friday, May 21

May 21, 2010

Duke Closes Strong at NCAAs; Finishes Tied for Eighth

WILMINGTON, N.C. - The Duke women's golf team closed out its 2009-10 campaign on Friday with an even-par, 288, which propelled the Blue Devils into tied for eighth place at the 2010 National Championship, which was being played at the 6,368-yard, Par 72 Country Club of Landfall in Wilmington, N.C.

The Blue Devils turned in rounds of 288, 303, 300 and 288 to finish with a total of 1,179. It marked the 10th straight year Duke has finished in the top 10 at the NCAA Championship and the 15th time out of the 26 years under Head Coach Dan Brooks.

"Well, two rounds at even par -- I feel pretty good about that, but those middle rounds just make it to difficult to come back and get the win basically," said Brooks. "We came in here to try to win this thing. Today we were playing for place. We did move up and we feel good about that. Hopefully we got into the top 10. That is good. We made it to the National Championship and hopefully finished in the top 10. That is not a total failure but we really did want to win this tournament."

Florida State Finishes 10th at NCAA

WILMINGTON, N.C. - The Florida State University women's golf team finished in 10th place in the final standings at the NCAA Division I Championship at the Country Club of Landfall to earn the best national finish for the Seminoles since 1981 and the first top 10 finish in their history of playing in eight previous NCAA Tournaments. The Seminoles best national finish came in 1981 when they won the A.I.A.W. national championship.

"Coach Chris Malloy and I are so proud of our players," said interim coach Kate Golden. "I hope the players are proud of themselves and are going to enjoy this because top 10's at national's don't come around too often. It's a great finish four the girls and a great finish for the school. It sounds so crazy but it is so exciting to watch our girls play, compete and earn success. We are just so proud of each of the girls on our team."

In earning their best NCAA Championship finals finish in school history, the Seminoles established a school record of fewest strokes (1,182) as they finished 16 strokes better than Florida State's 2004 team which finished in a tie for 19th place. The Seminoles 10th place finish was three places better than the Seminoles' previous best 13th place finish at the NCAA Championship finals in 1999.

Cavalier Golfers Finish 13th at NCAA Women's Golf Championship

WILMINGTON, N.C. - The 13th-ranked Virginia women's golf team used a hot start Friday morning to bounce back during the final round of the NCAA Championships and place 13th in the 24-team field. It was UVa's third consecutive appearance at the NCAA's and the fourth in the seven-year history of the program. The Cavaliers have managed to finish in the top-15 in every one of their NCAA Championship appearances.

Purdue held off a last-day rally by USC to claim its first NCAA title at 1-over 1,153. The Trojans were second at 1,154. Alabama placed third at 5-over 1,157. Oklahoma State's Caroline Hedwall won medalist honors at 12-under 276. She shot back-to-back 68s during the final two rounds.

After shooting 19-over 307 during Thursday's third round, the Cavaliers posted a final round score of 4-over 292 on the Country Club of Landfall Course in Wilmington, N.C. UVa's four-day total was 32-over 1,184. UVa's final score was its lowest ever in four NCAA Championship appearances.