CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The top-ranked Duke women's golf team opened the Franklin Street Partners Invitational on Friday with a bang as the Blue Devils fired a nine-under-par round of 279 and lead by 13 strokes with 36 holes remaining at the Par 72, 6,285-yard Finley Golf Course in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Four Blue Devils carded rounds of even or under par on the day, led by sophomore Elizabeth Janangelo with a career-best score of 66. A West Hartford, Conn., native, Janangelo finished the day with six birdies and no bogies and leads the individual competition by four strokes over Aimee Cho and Tarah McNaughton of Florida and teammate Leigh Anne Hardin (70). Hardin's round of 70 was a season-best for the Martinsville, Ind., product.
Senior Virada Nirapathpongporn turned in a round of 71 and is fifth overall, while freshman Brittany Lang had an even-par 72 and is tied sixth. Both Nirapathpongporn and Lang finished the day with three birdies. Anna Grzebien, a freshman from Narragansett, R.I., is 17th after finishing with a 75. Grzebien made the turn six-over-par, but finished off the day with three birdies on her final nine holes to turn in a three-over-par score.
Rounding out the nine teams are Florida (292), Wake Forest (298), Auburn (301), North Carolina (301), Texas (302), Tennessee (307), Oklahoma State (311) and N.C. State (317).
The round of 279 is just two strokes off from Duke's 18-hole school record of 277, which set at the ACC Championship on Apr. 20, 2003. Janangelo's round of 66 marks only the sixth time in Duke school history a Devil has shot 66 or better. The Blue Devils are looking to claim their seventh straight Franklin Street Partners Invitational title.
Duke will tee off beginning at 11:00 a.m. though 11:36 on Saturday off hole number one with Florida and Wake Forest. The Blue Devils started Friday's round on hole 10.