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Duke WGOLF: Blue Devils Open Tied Second at ACC Championship

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The ACC Women’s Golf Championship opened Friday in Greensboro, N.C., with Duke opening tied second overall with a six-over-par, 294, at the 6,089-yard, par 72 Sedgefield Country Club. The Blue Devils trail Virginia by 11 strokes, after the Cavaliers fired a five-under-par, 283, in round one.

Following Virginia (283), Wake Forest (294), Duke (294), NC State (297), North Carolina (298), Clemson (298), Florida State (299), Miami (301), Boston College (304), Notre Dame (304), Louisville (311) and Virginia Tech (320) closed out the field.

Wake Forest’s Jennifer Kupcho and Virginia’s Lauren Coughlin each carded six-under-par rounds of 66 to take the individual lead.

Led by three birdies over her final four holes, Blue Devil sophomore Leona Maguire turned in a team-best two-under-par, 70, Friday and is third overall with 36 holes remaining. The reigning ACC Individual Champion, Maguire opened her day with pars on her first four holes, including a key up-and-down from off the green on the 138-yard, par three third.

“The wind got up quite a bit today and I probably didn’t get off to as good of start as I would have liked,” said Maguire. “The front nine here is definitely more challenging so I knew there would be chances on the back nine. I am just happy that I took them on the last four. I am in pretty good shape heading into the weekend.”

Maguire, who hails from Cavan, Ireland, suffered bogeys on No. 5 and No. 7 to drop to two-over-par. The No. 1 ranked amateur golfer in the world went on to make back-to-back birdies on No. 9 and No. 10 to get back to even par. After a bogey on the challenging 402-yard, par four 14th, Maguire went on a roll with a tap-in birdie on No. 15 and back-to-back birdies on the 17th and 18th to close at two-under-par.

“There were definitely tricky pin positions out there today,” commented Maguire. “There were a few of them just sitting out there on the edges of slopes so you had to be at the right spots. I was on the right side of some and the wrong side of others. It is a tough golf course and you have to play good golf around here and score well. I did that pretty well today and hopefully a little better tomorrow. We will see what happens.”

Both freshman Virginia Elena Carta and Sandy Choi each signed for rounds of 74 and enter day two tied 12th overall.

Carta, who is from Udine, Italy, kicked off her first ACC Championship with two straight bogeys over the first two holes. She went on to play her next seven holes at two-under-par by rolling in a 13-foot birdie on the 160-yard, par three seventh and a five footer on No. 9. Carta had bogeys on No. 10 and No. 14, before holing a five foot birdie on the par three 16th. She couldn’t get up and down on No. 17 on her way to making a bogey, before finishing with a 74. Carta hit 15 greens, 11 fairways and had 37 putts on the day.

Led by a team-best three birdies on the front nine, Choi held a two-under-par ledger through seven holes. She hit her approach into the greenside bunker on No. 8 and ended up suffering a double-bogey and had a bogey on No. 9 to make the turn with a one-over, 36. After birdies on No. 10 and No. 12, Choi went back to red numbers at one-under-par. She closed with three consecutive bogeys on No. 15-17 and finished with a 74. She hit 11 greens, eight fairways and had 28 putts.

Seeing action in her second tournament of the spring, sophomore Lisa Maguire held an even-par score through 11 holes as she posted four birdies. A native of Cavan, Ireland, Maguire registered three straight birdies on No. 9, No. 10 and No. 11. She rolled in a 30-footer on the ninth and then under 10-foot putts on the 10th and 11th. Maguire was four-over-par during her final seven holes to finish with a 76. She hit 12 greens, eight fairways and had 35 putts on day one.

Senior Celine Boutier struggled from the opening hole and ended up with an 81 in round one. Boutier, who is from Montrouge, France, played her final four holes at one-under-par, which was keyed by a tap-in birdie on No. 15.

Duke has posted three titles (2012, 2013 & 2014), two third place (2009 & 2010) and two second place (2011, 2015) finishes over the last seven years since the ACC Championship was moved to Sedgefield Country Club in 2009.

The Blue Devils will open the second round action beginning at 10:30 a.m., along with Virginia and Wake Forest.

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Duke Results
– 3 Leona Maguire Duke 70 -2
– T12 Virginia Elena Carta Duke 74 +2
– T12 Sandy Choi Duke 74 +2
– T27 Lisa Maguire Duke 76 +4
– T52 Celine Boutier Duke 81 +9

1 Team Scores
1 Virginia 283 -5
T2 Wake Forest 294 +6
T2 Duke 294 +6
4 North Carolina State 297 +9
T5 North Carolina 298 +10
T5 Clemson 298 +10
7 Florida State 299 +11
8 Miami 301 +13
9 Boston College 304 +16
10 Notre Dame 310 +22
11 Louisville 311 +23
12 Virginia Tech 320 +32

Start Finish Player Team Scores
– T1 Jennifer Kupcho Wake Forest 66 -6
– T1 Lauren Coughlin Virginia 66 -6
– 3 Leona Maguire Duke 70 -2
– T4 Daniela Darquea Miami 71 -1
– T4 Naomi Ko North Carolina State 71 -1
– T4 Lauren Diaz-Yi Virginia 71 -1
– T7 Sydney Legacy Clemson 72 E
– T7 Anna Redding Virginia 72 E
– T9 Marisa Messana Clemson 73 +1
– T9 Elizabeth Mallett North Carolina 73 +1
– T9 Matilda Castren Florida State 73 +1
– T12 Katie Barrand Boston College 74 +2
– T12 Whitney Stevenson Virginia Tech 74 +2
– T12 Kelly Whaley North Carolina 74 +2
– T12 Morgan Gonzales Virginia 74 +2
– T12 Sandy Choi Duke 74 +2
– T12 Virginia Elena Carta Duke 74 +2
– T18 Jocelyn Chia Boston College 75 +3
– T18 Antonia Eberhard Wake Forest 75 +3
– T18 Leslie Cloots North Carolina 75 +3
– T18 Emma Albrecht Notre Dame 75 +3
– T18 Rachael Taylor North Carolina State 75 +3
– T18 Molly Skapik Louisville 75 +3
– T18 India Clyburn North Carolina State 75 +3
– T18 Kayla Jones Florida State 75 +3
– T18 Lydia Gumm Florida State 75 +3
– T27 Lauren Stephenson Clemson 76 +4
– T27 Dewi Weber Miami 76 +4
– T27 Bryana Nguyen North Carolina 76 +4
– T27 Sierra Sims Wake Forest 76 +4
– T27 Delfina Acosta Miami 76 +4
– T27 Sarah Bae North Carolina State 76 +4
– T27 Ellen Kehoe Louisville 76 +4
– T27 Talia Campbell Notre Dame 76 +4
– T27 Lisa Maguire Duke 76 +4
– T27 Kim Metraux Florida State 76 +4
– T27 Elizabeth Szokol Virginia 76 +4
– T38 Ailin Li Boston College 77 +5
– T38 Alice Hewson Clemson 77 +5
– T38 Erica Herr Wake Forest 77 +5
– T38 Lexi Harkins North Carolina 77 +5
– T38 Morgane Metraux Florida State 77 +5
– T43 Katie Kim Boston College 78 +6
– T43 Amanda Hollandsworth Virginia Tech 78 +6
– T43 Luiza Altmann Miami 78 +6
– T43 Maddie Rose Hamilton Notre Dame 78 +6
– T47 Mariana Sims Wake Forest 79 +7
– T47 Kailey Walsh Miami 79 +7
– T47 Leonie Bettel North Carolina State 79 +7
– T47 Katie Mitchell Louisville 79 +7
– 51 Jessica Hoang Clemson 80 +8
– T52 Isabella DiLisio Notre Dame 81 +9
– T52 Laura Restrepo Louisville 81 +9
– T52 Celine Boutier Duke 81 +9
– T55 Anne Taylor Hough Virginia Tech 82 +10
– T55 Louise Oxner Louisville 82 +10
– 57 Jordan Ferreira Notre Dame 83 +11
– 58 Allison Woodward Virginia Tech 86 +14
– 59 Elizabeth Bose Virginia Tech 90 +18
– 60 Katelyn Reynolds Boston College 91 +19