HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. -- The top-ranked and top-seeded Duke women's golf team cruised to a 3-1 victory over third-seeded Arizona State on Tuesday to win the 2004 Hooters Collegiate Match Play Championship for the second straight year at the Mission Inn Golf and Tennis Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.
'It's always great to win,' Dan Brooks, coach of the Duke Blue Devils said. 'After a long summer of golf and then a longer fall season because of academics and more tournaments, I don't think a lot of people understand how hard these ladies work. I was very proud of our team that we won all four of our matches. It was remarkable to win this tournament after longer fall season than we've had in the past.'
After senior Niloufar Aazam-Zanganeh came out in the morning and couldn't play due to an injured knee, the Blue Devils started off with a 1-0 deficit. Aazam-Zanganeh would get a 10 and 8 loss to Charmaine Erasmus.
The rest of the Duke golfers came to play as each won to lead the Blue Devils to a 4-1 win. Winning her fourth straight match, freshman Jennifer Pandolfi notched a 3 and 2 victory over Alissa Kuczka. A native of Navarre, Fla., went down by two early on but turned it on with victories on holes five, six, 11 and 12.
'I am so excited about Jennifer's play this week and the entire fall season,' said Brooks. 'To win every match here shows what solid golf she is playing. She has a great demeanor in match play as she keeps her cool and doesn't get worked up. Nothing seems to bother her out there.'
Junior Liz Janangelo also won big on Tuesday as she never trailed against Tiffany Tavee, winning 4 and 3. Also notching a 4 and 3 win was sophomore Anna Grzebien, who defeated Erin Tone. Grzebien notched a victory on the first day against UNLV and finished with a win on the last day.
'Anna has a lot of resolve,' said Brooks. 'We can always count on Anna, especially, if it gets down as she doesn't allow herself to get down.'
Brittany Lang also picked up a 2up victory over Louise Stahle. Lang, a product of McKinney, Texas, went up by three early, but the match ended up being all square with two holes remaining. Lang picked up wins on holes 17 and 18 to notch her third straight win of the tournament.
Duke concludes the fall season and will next play Feb. 7-9 in the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge in Los Angeles, Calif.
(1) Duke def. (3) Arizona State - 4-1
Brittany Lang, Duke def. Louise Stahle, Arizona State 2 Up
Anna Grzebien, Duke def. Erin Tone, Arizona State 4 & 3
Elizabeth Janangelo, Duke def. Tiffany Tavee, Arizona State 4 & 3
Charmaine Erasmus, Arizona State def. Niloufar Aazam-Zanganeh, Duke, WD, 10 & 8
Jennifer Pandolfi, Duke def. Lani Elston, Arizona State 3 & 2