Duke Wins Womens NCAA Crown

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College CentralEditor's Note: Exclusive coverage of the NCAA Division I Golf Championships will be televised on The Golf Channel beginning May 18, including tournament action from both the mens and womens championship finals.
 
Courtesy of goduke.com
 
SUNRIVER, Ore. --Behind sophomore Anna Grzebien's individual title, top-ranked Duke won the 2005 NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championships by five strokes on Friday at the Sunriver Resort's Meadows Course. Grzebien entered the round with a four-shot lead and held on for a one-stroke victory with a 2-over-par 73.
 
During the morning of round four, conditions on the par-71, 6,312-yard course were overcast and windy, but with only a few spots of light rain. The afternoon rounds, which featured the leaders, were played under darker skies and more rain.
 
Duke (+34, 292-303-278-297=1,170) began the day with an eight-shot lead, and kept a comfortable lead until the very end of the round. Besides Grzebien, Duke's other scorers were sophomore Brittany Lang (even-par 71), junior Elizabeth Janangelo (1-over-par 72) and senior Niloufar Aazam-Zanganeh (10-over-par 81).
 
Defending national champion UCLA (+39, 288-302-292-293=1,175) came in second place, followed by Auburn (+40, 290-296-295-295=1,176)
 
Duke's Grzebien (+2, 73-75-65-73=286) was even-par through three rounds and had a four-shot lead to start the day. Virginia sophomore Leah Wigger (+3, 73-72-73-69=287) put some pressure on by shooting a 2-under-par 69 during the morning rounds, giving her a four-round total of 3-over-par as the afternoon groups teed off.
 
Grzebien had two bogies and no birdies on the front nine, putting her at 2-over-par for the tournament and giving her a precarious one-stroke lead over Wigger. Grzebien found some breathing room when she birdied the par-14 12th hole. But after three straight pars, she bogied the par-3 16th hole, again giving her a one-stroke lead.
 
Grzebien missed a short birdie putt on the 17th hole and settled for par. On the par-4 18th, she found the green in two, but was about 25 feet from the cup. She got her first putt to within about four feet, and later calmly sank her second and final putt for the title.
 
Wigger finished in second place, while UCLA freshman Amie Cochran (71-79-70-68) and Duke's Lang (74-75-68-71) tied for third place at a 4-over-par 288.
 
Auburn sophomore Nicole Hage (73-75-70-71) was fifth at a 5-over-par 289, while California senior Claire Dury (74-73-72-71) and Pepperdine junior Carolina Llano (69-77-72-72) tied for sixth with a 6-over-par 290.
 
LSU senior Brooke Shelton (71-75-72-73) and Oklahoma State senior Annie Thurman-Young (75-75-73-68) tied for eighth at a 7-over-par 291. Washington junior Paige Mackenzie (+8, 72-74-73-73=292) and Southern California freshman Dewi-Claire Schreefel (70-74-74-74) tied for 10th at an 8-over-par 292.
 
Rounding out the top 10 in the team race, Pepperdine (+43, 291-295-299-294=1,179) took fourth, followed by California (+44, 295-299-296-290=1,180) in fifth. Tennessee (+51, 300-303-299-285=1,187) and Ohio State (+51, 301-296-300-290=1,187) tied for sixth. Arizona State (+54, 303-301-297-289=1,190) and Oklahoma State (+54, 298-306-299-287=1,190) tied for eighth. Florida (+59, 301-304-297-293=1,195) was 10th.
 
The best individual rounds of the day were turned in by UCLA's Cochran and Oklahoma State's Thurman-Young, who each shot a 3-under-par 68. Virginia's Wigger and Tulane sophomore Mary Ellen Jacobs each had 2-under-par 69s.
 
The best team rounds on Friday were by Tennessee, which had a 1-over-par 285 (moving the Lady Volunteers from a tie for 10th place to a a tie for sixth place), and Tulane, which shot a 2-over-par 286 (moving the Green Wave from 20th place to 15th place).
 
Final Results:
Teams Leaders
Duke 292-303-278-297-1170
UCLA 288-302-292-293-1175
Auburn 290-296-295-295-1176
Pepperdine 291-295-299-294-1179
California 295-299-296-290-1180
Tennessee 300-303-299-285-1187
Ohio St. 301-296-300-290-1187
Arizona St. 303-301-297-289-1190
Oklahoma St. 298-306-299-287-1190
Florida 301-304-297-293-1195
Arkansas 296-307-293-301-1197
Southern California 287-312-301-297-1197
Virginia 304-308-295-293-1200
Washington 292-314-296-299-1201
Tulane 305-312-299-286-1202
Missouri 307-300-296-302-1205
Michigan St. 304-301-299-302-1206
UC Irvine 311-304-297-299-1211
Stanford 300-311-298-303-1212
Purdue 309-302-304-301-1216
Furman 307-301-309-300-1217
Texas A&M 305-306-309-299-1219
Tulsa 307-313-310-292-1222
Brigham Young 305-317-316-300-1238
 
Individual Leaders
Anna Grzebien, Duke 73-75-65-73-286
Leah Wigger, Virginia 73-72-73-69-287
Amie Cochran, UCLA 71-79-70-68-288
Brittany Lang, Duke 74-75-68-71-288
Nicole Hage, Auburn 73-75-70-71-289
Claire Dury, California 74-73-72-71-290
Carolina Llano, Pepperdine 69-77-72-72-290
Brooke Shelton, LSU 71-75-72-73-291
Annie Thurman-Young, Oklahoma St. 75-75-73-68-291
Paige Mackenzie, Washington 72-74-73-73-292
Dewi Schreefel, Southern Cal 70-74-74-74-292
Diana Ramage, Auburn 73-71-76-73-293
Erin Tone, Arizona St. 75-73-72-73-293
Irene Cho, Southern Cal 73-75-73-74-295
Charlotte Mayorkas, UCLA 71-73-73-78-295
Tiffany Chudy, Florida 74-75-75-72-296
Dana Je, Ohio St. 75-70-76-75-296
Hannah Jun, UCLA 73-74-74-75-296
Maria Martinez, Auburn 72-73-77-74-296
Lauren Mielbrecht, Virginia 76-74-73-73-296
Amber Prange, Washington 72-77-72-75-296
Violeta Retamoza, Tennessee 77-74-75-70-296
Sophia Sheridan, California 73-72-77-74-296
Louise Stahle, Arizona St. 75-77-74-70-296
Kristen Svicarovich, Vanderbilt 79-71-76-70-296
Kristen White, Ohio St. 76-74-75-71-296
Sofie Andersson, California 74-78-72-73-297
Sara Brown, Michigan St. 71-77-74-75-297
Enu Chung, California 74-76-75-72-297
Selanee' Henderson, UC Irvine 76-77-71-73-297
Kay Hoey, Long Beach St. 73-73-75-76-297
Mandi McConnell, Michigan St. 76-73-70-78-297
Tiffany Tavee, Arizona St. 75-75-76-71-297
Elizabeth Janangelo, Duke 73-78-75-72-298
Denise Knaebel, Missouri 78-75-74-71-298
Lindsay Knowlton, Ohio St. 77-75-72-74-298
Amanda McCurdy, Arkansas 71-82-70-75-298
Marci Turner, Tennessee 71-79-75-73-298