SANDESTIN, FLA.--The 2004-05 Duke women's golf team has had a very impressive fall campaign and on Sunday at the Chrysler ACC/SEC Challenge, the top-ranked Blue Devils were remarkable. Duke came from 15 strokes back with 18 holes remaining and claimed a one-stroke victory over second-ranked Auburn at the 5,937-Yard, Par 71, The Raven Course in Sandestin, Fla.
After struggling with two straight rounds of 74, junior Liz Janangelo came through when the Blue Devils needing her most with a NCAA-record round of 62 on Sunday. The West Hartford, Conn., product collected nine birdies and no bogeys on her way to finishing tied for second in the individual competition with a three-day total of 210, 3 under par.
Janangelo's record round included birdies on the first two holes, birdies on four of her first six holes, 17 greens hit, 11 fairways hit and 26 putts. The reigning National Player of the Year, Janangelo had a 30 on the first nine followed by 32 on the back.
The new NCAA record breaks the previous record of 63 held by Katherine Hull of Pepperdine, which happened on March 4, 2002. Janangelo broke the Duke record of 64, which was set earlier this season at the NCAA Fall Preview by sophomore Brittany Lang and also notched a new ACC/SEC Challenge 18-hole record, which beat out the 64 that was set on Saturday by Auburn's Diana Ramage. The second place finish for Janangelo marks the third straight year she has finished second or better at the ACC/SEC Challenge.
Duke finished with a three-day total of 856 after posting a 6 under par score of 278 on Sunday. Auburn faltered to a 294 on Sunday and finished with an 857. Rounding out the top-10 was Louisiana State (879), Wake Forest (881), Mississippi State (888), Florida (894), South Carolina (896), North Carolina (905), Florida State (905) and Virginia (908).
Freshman Jennifer Pandolfi wasn't the only Duke golfer to card a career-best round on the day as the native of Navarre, Fla., which is only 30 minutes away from The Raven Course, posted a 2-under-par 69 to finish with a season-best tied for 10th, 218. She finished the day with five birdies and overcame a triple-bogey on hole 13 with two birdies of her own.
Duke senior Niloufar Aazam-Zanganeh had posted rounds of 73 on the first two days and came through with an even-par 71 on Sunday to finish with a 217, which was tied for 10th. Both sophomores, Brittany Lang and Anna Grzebien, struggled on Sunday with rounds of 76 and 77, respectively. Grzebien finished with a three-day total of 221, which was tied for 19th and Lang with a 218, which were tied for 11th.
The comeback for the Blue Devils was the biggest in school history and is better than Duke's 12-stroke comeback after round one, earlier this season at the Mason Rudolph Women's Golf Championship. Prior to today, the best comeback in school history was in 1998 at the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate as the Blue Devils came from 11 strokes back to win by 13 strokes over Tulsa.
Duke will next travel to Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., to compete in the Hooter's Collegiate Match Play Championship on Nov. 14-16. The Blue Devils are the defending champion of the event.