Duke Dances to Victory at Liz Murphey

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Courtesy of GoDuke.com
 
College CentralATHENS, GA. -- The top-ranked Duke women's golf team continued its stellar play as the Blue Devils posted a tournament best round of 288 on Sunday to claim the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic title by 11 strokes over Ohio State. Freshman Liz Janangelo posted her second consecutive 69 on the final day to claim her second tournament title in eight collegiate tournaments.
 
Janangelo, a native of West Hartford, Conn., turned in round of 72-69-69 to finish with a career-tying best score of 210, which is six-under-par. In 21 rounds of collegiate golf, Janangelo has posted eight rounds of even or under par.
 
'Liz has been striking the ball very well, but her putts haven't been falling as we have been playing on some pretty rough greens,' said Brooks. 'Finally, the putter started to work and she was able to post some good numbers this weekend.'
 
On a day where no Blue Devil turned in a score higher than 75, the Blue Devils continued its dominance in the spring. Duke has won three of four tournaments played with the other tournament being a second place finish after the two final rounds were rained out.
 
Virada Nirapathpongporn (Bangkok, Thailand) and Leigh Anne Hardin (Martinsville, Ind.) each finished eighth and 12th, respectively, in the individual competition. Nirapathpongporn had a 73 to finish with a 200, while Hardin had her eighth even or under par round of the season with a 71. Hardin turned in a three-day total of 222.
 
Niloufar Aazam-Zanganeh (Lausanne, Switzerland) and Kristina Engstrom (Djursholm, Sweden) each posted rounds of 75 on Sunday to finish tied 30th and tied 34th, respectively.
 
'I am very excited right now,' said Duke head coach Dan Brooks. 'One of the keys to winning and winning big is to be able to play through difficult situations. We had a really tough team this weekend.'
 
Duke will now be off for a couple of weeks before traveling to Clemmons, N.C. for the ACC Championships at the Salem Glen Country Club.
 

Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic
U. of Georgia G.C.
Athens, GA
Par: 72
Yardage: 6014
Sunday's Final Round Results
 
TEAM LEADERBOARD
Fin. School Scores
1 Duke University 295 293 288 876 +12
2 Ohio State Univ. 302 292 293 887 +23
3 Florida, U. of 295 293 303 891 +27
Wake Forest Univ. 298 295 298 891 +27
5 Auburn University 298 301 293 892 +28
6 Georgia, U. of 300 293 301 894 +30
7 Vanderbilt Univ. 308 298 297 903 +39
8 Oklahoma State Univ. 300 300 304 904 +40
East Carolina Univ. 298 303 303 904 +40
10 South Carolina, U of 299 305 306 910 +46
11 North Carolina, U of 307 303 304 914 +50
12 Furman University 310 308 314 932 +68
13 Arkansas, U. of 316 305 315 936 +72
Mississippi, U. of 306 307 323 936 +72
15 Alabama, U. of 305 313 319 937 +73
16 Kentucky, U. of 311 312 322 945 +81
17 Coastal Carolina 315 314 319 948 +84