Duke Extends Its Lead to 17 Strokes After Second Round of the ACC Women's Golf Championship
April 15, 2006
PINEHURST, N.C.-- Duke University, ranked No. 1 in the country, extended its lead and holds a 17-stroke advantage over Virginia after two rounds of the 18th annual Atlantic Coast Conference Championship. Duke fired a nine-over-par 297 in the second round for a 591 total while the Cavaliers have a 608 total after carding a 12-over 300 on day two.
Freshman Amanda Blumenherst of Duke has been the only player to score a sub-par round in the tournament thus far. She fired a one-under 71 in the second round for a four-under 140 total and holds an eight-stroke lead over Jaclyn Burch of Florida State and Leah Wigger of Virginia. Four players are deadlocked in fourth place with 149 totals - NC State's Nancy Mountcastle, Duke's Jennifer Pandolfi and Maryland's Katie Stepanek and Katie Trotter.
"I think we are doing fine," says Duke Head Coach Dan Brooks following the second round. "We are so thankful to be playing at (Pinehurst) No. 8 and to be training on a course of this magnitude, especially with the windy conditions that were on display today. But we do need to get tougher. We are playing okay, but I would like to see us play at the level at which I know we can play."
Florida State is one stroke behind Virginia in third place with a 609 total. Maryland is fourth at 612 while NC State is fifth at 614, Wake Forest is sixth at 616, North Carolina is seventh at 621, Miami is eighth at 626 and Boston College is in ninth place with a 653 total.
The 54-hole event is being played at Pinehurst No. 8 which features a par 72, 6,293-yard layout. Today's conditions were again superb with sunshine and temperatures in the mid 80s. However, the wind did pick up today.
Duke's Blumenherst has used the conditions to her advantage.
"She hits the ball real hard and straight and the windy conditions have played to her favor in her getting the ball to the green," says Brooks. "That has allowed her a lot of makable putts. Plus, she is putting extremely well this weekend."
Tee times begin at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday and the public is invited to come out and see some of the top teams in college golf.