Duke Leads After First Round Of The ACC Women's Golf Championship
April 14, 2006
PINEHURST, N.C.-- Duke University leads all teams after the first round of the 18th annual Atlantic Coast Conference Championship. Duke, which fired a six-over-par 294 total, was led by freshman Amanda Blumenherst who fired the only sub-par round of the day, a three-under 69.
The 54-hole event, which continues through Sunday, is being played at Pinehurst #8 which features a par 72, 6,293-yard layout. The conditions were near perfect with the sun shining most of the day and the temperatures reaching the mid 80s.
"The golf course is not easy and the wind came up on the back side," says Duke Head Coach Dan Brooks. "I think we played a little better golf on the back side.
"In the past, we've had some success in this tournament," continues Brooks. "We are trying to play really well here to give us momentum going into regionals and nationals (NCAA). We did okay today, but we can do better. There is definitely a learning curve on this golf course."
Florida State and NC State are tied for second place at 14-over 302 while Maryland and Virginia are deadlocked in fourth place with 308 totals. Wake Forest is in sixth place with a 314 total while North Carolina is seventh at 315, Miami is eighth at 316 and Boston College is ninth at 330.
Two players, Katie Trotter from Maryland and Caroline Westrup from Florida State, both fired even par 72s and are tied for second place in the individual race, three strokes out of the lead. A trio of players is tied for fourth place at two-over 74 - Duke's Jennie Lee, NC State's Nancy Mountcastle and Miami's Jessica Steward.