The No. 1 ranked Duke women's golf team will head to West Lafayette, Ind. on May 20-23 to defend their 2002 NCAA Championship at the Par 72, 6,300-Yard Kampen Golf Course. The Blue Devils will kick off action on May 20 beginning at 12:20 PM off the first tee with California and Southern California.
Participating in the championship will be-- Duke (No. 1), Pepperdine (No. 2), Oklahoma State (No. 3), Texas (No. 4), Southern California (No. 5), Arizona (No. 6), Auburn (No. 7), California (No. 8), Vanderbilt (No. 9), Florida (No. 11), UCLA (No. 13), South Carolina (No. 15), Ohio State (No. 16), Georgia (No. 17), Tulsa (No. 18), Purdue (No. 22), Florida State (No. 23), North Carolina (No. 24), Arizona State (No. 27), Stanford (No. 28), Kent State (No. 32), Nebraska (No. 48), Wisconsin (No. 58) and Washington State (No. 62). The rankings from the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index as of April 28.
The tournament is being played on the Kampen Golf Course, which is at the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex. The course was designed by Pete Dye and was opened on June 28, 1998.
Heading into the NCAA Championship, the Blue Devils have won their past four tournaments in a row and are one of the hottest teams in the nation. In the spring, Duke has registered five victories in six tournaments. In the one tournament the Blue Devils did not win, Duke finished second as the tournament was called after one round due to rain.
Overall, the Blue Devils have won six tournaments this season and Duke has posted three individual medalist winners-- Liz Janangelo won both the Tar Heel Invitational and Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic, Kristina Engstrom won the Lady Puerto Rico Classic and Leigh Anne Hardin finished tied first at the Lady Gamecock Classic.
Four of Duke's five golfers playing this weekend have scored in the 60s during the season. Junior Virada Nirapathpongporn currently boasts a team-best 73.00 stroke average, which ranks the third-best all-time at Duke (Candy Hannemann had a 72.88 in 2000-01 and Jenny Chuasiriporn had a 72.94 in 1997-98).