Lady Blue Devils Edge Auburn for Title
SANDESTIN, FLA.--The 2004-05 Duke women's golf team has had a very impressive fall campaign and on Sunday at the Chrysler ACC/SEC Challenge, the top-ranked Blue Devils were remarkable. Duke came from 15 strokes back with 18 holes remaining and claimed a one-stroke victory over second-ranked Auburn at the 5,937-Yard, Par 71, The Raven Course in Sandestin, Fla.
After struggling with two straight rounds of 74, junior Liz Janangelo came through when the Blue Devils needing her most with a NCAA-record round of 62 on Sunday. The West Hartford, Conn., product collected nine birdies and no bogeys on her way to finishing tied for second in the individual competition with a three-day total of 210, 3 under par.
Janangelo's record round included birdies on the first two holes, birdies on four of her first six holes, 17 greens hit, 11 fairways hit and 26 putts. The reigning National Player of the Year, Janangelo had a 30 on the first nine followed by 32 on the back.
The new NCAA record breaks the previous record of 63 held by Katherine Hull of Pepperdine, which happened on March 4, 2002. Janangelo broke the Duke record of 64, which was set earlier this season at the NCAA Fall Preview by sophomore Brittany Lang and also notched a new ACC/SEC Challenge 18-hole record, which beat out the 64 that was set on Saturday by Auburn's Diana Ramage. The second place finish for Janangelo marks the third straight year she has finished second or better at the ACC/SEC Challenge.
Duke finished with a three-day total of 856 after posting a 6 under par score of 278 on Sunday. Auburn faltered to a 294 on Sunday and finished with an 857. Rounding out the top-10 was Louisiana State (879), Wake Forest (881), Mississippi State (888), Florida (894), South Carolina (896), North Carolina (905), Florida State (905) and Virginia (908).
Freshman Jennifer Pandolfi wasn't the only Duke golfer to card a career-best round on the day as the native of Navarre, Fla., which is only 30 minutes away from The Raven Course, posted a 2-under-par 69 to finish with a season-best tied for 10th, 218. She finished the day with five birdies and overcame a triple-bogey on hole 13 with two birdies of her own.
Duke senior Niloufar Aazam-Zanganeh had posted rounds of 73 on the first two days and came through with an even-par 71 on Sunday to finish with a 217, which was tied for 10th. Both sophomores, Brittany Lang and Anna Grzebien, struggled on Sunday with rounds of 76 and 77, respectively. Grzebien finished with a three-day total of 221, which was tied for 19th and Lang with a 218, which were tied for 11th.
The comeback for the Blue Devils was the biggest in school history and is better than Duke's 12-stroke comeback after round one, earlier this season at the Mason Rudolph Women's Golf Championship. Prior to today, the best comeback in school history was in 1998 at the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate as the Blue Devils came from 11 strokes back to win by 13 strokes over Tulsa.
Duke will next travel to Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., to compete in the Hooter's Collegiate Match Play Championship on Nov. 14-16. The Blue Devils are the defending champion of the event.
Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters when bad weather stopped play Friday during the second round.
The Englishman, who shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday, had completed 13 holes and was 5 under on the day at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat (64) was in second place.
Brandt Snedeker withdrew wit on the 11th hole at 2 under for the day after shooting an opening 72.
There was no reason given for his withdrawal, but the American has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season. 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.
Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump
Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.
Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.
None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.
Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.
An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.
In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.
Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.
Playing with the pros
Tiger, DJ and Faxon
President at the Presidents Cup
Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham
Cart on the green
Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open
Trump golf properties
Reportedly fake TIME covers
Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story
Pros comment on the president
Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017
GolfChannel.com is counting down the top 10 Newsmakers of the Year as voted on by Golf Channel’s writers, editors, reporters and producers. Check out the list below, including future release dates. And click here for the full collection of articles.
No. 1: Dec. 18
Spieth, Thomas headline winter break trip to Cabo
Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. Really good at golf. Really good at vacationing.
With #SB2K18 still months away, Thomas and Spieth headlined a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, and this will shock you but it looks like they had a great time.
Spring break veteran Smylie Kaufman joined the party, as did Thomas' roommate, Tom Lovelady, who continued his shirtless trend.
The gang played all the hits, including shoeless golf in baketball jerseys and late nights with Casamigos tequila.
In conclusion, it's still good to be these guys.