Blue Devils Claim NCAA Fall Preview
SUNRIVER, ORE.-- For the second year in a row, the second-ranked Duke women's golf team won the NCAA Fall Preview as the Blue Devils fired a one-under-par, 281, on Wednesday to win by six strokes at the 6,312-yard, Par 71 The Meadows Course in Sunriver, Ore.
The Blue Devils finished with a three-day total of 858 ahead of Washington (864), while Oklahoma State (866), Arizona State (868), Auburn (869), Georgia (872), UCLA (876), New Mexico (884), Ohio State (887) and Texas (890) rounded out the top 10.
'We graduated a couple of leaders and great golfers last spring in Virada [Nirapathpongporn] and Leigh Anne [Hardin],' said Duke Head Coach Dan Brooks. 'But, we still have a lot of talent on this team and it is very exciting to come out and win this tournament to start the year. This team realizes that they are talented and they just feel like a really tight unit already this early in the season.'
The tournament came down to the final three holes as Duke and Washington exchanged leads throughout the day, but the Blue Devils were four-under-par over the final three holes to win the title.
'This is a great feeling winning the NCAA Preview as we were ranked third in the nation coming into this week,' said the reigning NGCA/Golfweek National Player of the Year, Liz Janangelo. 'We have a lot of potential and it showed today with how we played well in the clutch. Our team is blending well together and it shows.'
On Wednesday, the four returning letterwinners each provided excellent rounds to lead the Blue Devils to the team title. Led by sophomore Anna Grzebien, who had a team-best two-under-par 69, Duke registered four rounds of even or under par to post its second of three rounds of even or under par as a team to begin the season.
Grzebien, a native of Narragansett, R.I., had only one bogey on the day and collected three birdies to finish with a three-day total of 217, which was tied for 14th overall. She finished the week with eight birdies to rank second on the Duke squad. One of the highlights of the day was a chip-in birdie on hole 14 as she used a sand wedge to bump in run the ball in from 20 feet.
'It was a good close race and it feels good to pick up where we left off from last year, prior to nationals,' said Grzebien. 'It is a great way to come out of the gate. I played real steady all week and felt more comfortable as each day went by.'
'Anna was awesome all week,' said Brooks. 'She is a really exciting to watch because when it matters she always comes to play.'
Finishing third overall in the individual action, sophomore Brittany Lang turned in an even-par 72 on Wednesday to finish with a 209. A product of McKinney, Texas, Lang posted four birdies and four bogies on the final day of competition. In the three days, Lang totaled a tournament-best 15 birdies.
A steady player all week, junior Liz Janangelo had her best round of the three days on Wednesday firing a one-under-par, 70. Overall, she finished tied for eighth with a total of 215, which was two-over-par.
'Liz played from tee to green very well all week, but just couldn't get any putts to drop,' said Brooks. 'It just happens like that in some tournaments.'
Playing in her first collegiate golf tournament since last March, senior Niloufar Aazam-Zanganeh had a very stellar week posting scores of 74, 72, 71 to finish with a 217, which was tied for 14th overall. Aazam-Zanganeh, from Lausanne, Switzerland, had a very eventful front nine on Wednesday shooting a one-under-par, 34. She collected four birdies, three pars, one bogey and one double-bogey to finish with the best front nine on the Blue Devils squad.
Duke's lone freshman posted a final round 76 on day three to finish with a three-day total of 229, which ranked tied for 74th. The Navarre, Fla., native showed flashes of greatness as she registered seven birdies during the three days.
The Blue Devils will next play in the Mason Rudolph Championship from Oct. 1-3 in Nashville, Tenn.
TEAM SCORES (PAR 284/852)
1. Duke 283-294-281'858
2. Washington 285-292-287'864
3. Oklahoma State 289-291-286'866
4. Arizona State 292-287-289'868
5. Auburn 295-296-278'869
6. Georgia 286-294-292'872
7. UCLA 295-290-291'876
8. New Mexico 287-301-296'884
9. Ohio State 295-299-293'887
10. Texas 301-295-294'890
11. Tennessee 296-296-299'891
12. Stanford 300-295-299'894
12. California 298-292-304'894
14. USC 300-305-294'899
15. Arizona 294-302-306'902
15. Vanderbilt 306-303-293'902
17. South Carolina 303-302-298'903
18. Oregon State 303-301-305'909
19. Texas A&M 307-303-300'910
20. Washington State 304-310-297'911
21. Oregon 308-298-306'912
Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?
Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.
Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”
Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.
Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.
The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.
Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.
Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.
Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.
Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational
Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.
The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.
Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.
Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.
The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.
Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.