Lady Blue Devils Impressive in Victory

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Courtesy of Duke Blue Devils
 
College CentralCHAPEL, HILL, N.C. - It was a record-breaking weekend for the Duke women's golf team as the top-ranked Blue Devils demolished the stellar field at the Franklin Street Partners Invitational by 49 strokes. Duke won in Chapel Hill for the seventh straight year and finished with a school-record 54-hole total of 14-under-par, 850, at the Par 72, 6,285-yard Finley Golf Course.
 
All five Blue Devil golfers finished in the top five with senior Leigh Anne Hardin and sophomore Liz Janangelo claiming medalist honors with a three-day total of 209. Hardin carded a Sunday total of 68 to move in to a share of the lead, while Janangelo made a 30-foot putt on her final hole to finish one-under-par, 71, on the day. She finished the weekend with 13 birdies.
 
'Nothing really went in today for me, so it was nice to finally have one drop on the 18th,' said Janangelo. 'It is always good to win, but it makes it more special when two people from the same team to win.'
 
It marks the second straight year Janangelo has taken medalist honors, while it is the second time in Hardin's career she has tied for the individual lead at the Franklin Street Partners Invitational. A Martinsville, Ind., product, Hardin also tied former Duke golfer Candy Hannemann in 2000.
 
'I putted really well today and it seemed really easy for me out there today,' said Hardin. 'This weekend I sort of looked at the hole and reacted, which was good because that was my goal coming into the tournament.'
 
In the team standings, Duke won by 49 strokes over Florida (899), Auburn (906), Tennessee (906), Wake Forest (910), Oklahoma State (912), Texas (915), North Carolina (917) and N.C. State (953). The field included four teams ranked in the top-20 nationally- second-ranked Auburn, 12th-ranked Oklahoma State, 15th-ranked Texas and 20th-ranked Wake Forest.
 
'I am really not surprised with the records broken during this tournament because I know the kind of talent we have,' said Duke Head Coach Dan Brooks. 'To break a few records- that isn't going to surprise me this year.'
 
Senior Virada Nirapathpongporn finished the weekend in third place with a 54-hole total of 216, after finishing off with a 75 on Sunday. Duke freshmen Brittany Lang and Anna Grzebien each tied for fifth with totals of 220. Grzebien fired a round of 73 on Sunday, but made the turn two-under-par before making a bogey and double-bogey on her final nine holes.
 
For the invitational, Duke broke school records for best 36-hole total (564), best 54-hole total (850) and largest margin of victory (49 strokes).
 
'Having a big lead could be a negative if you didn't have everyone at the top competing against each other,' said Brooks. 'They were all wanting to win it individually.'
 
Duke will next play in the Stanford Pepsi Intercollegiate on Oct. 17-19 in Stanford, Calif.