CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The nations top-ranked Duke women's golf team increased its lead to 31 strokes over a stellar field on Saturday at the Franklin Street Partners Invitational and head into the final round with the top-three individuals at the Par 72, 6,285-yard Finley Golf Course in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Duke owns a school record 36-hole total of 564 and leads Florida (595), Tennessee (596), Auburn (604), Wake Forest (605), Texas (605), Oklahoma State (610), North Carolina (613) and North Carolina State (633). The Blue Devils broke the previous school record of 568, which was in the ACC Championship in 2002.
Sophomore Liz Janangelo continues to lead the individual competition by three strokes over Duke teammates Leigh Anne Hardin and Virada Nirapathpongporn. After a first round with no bogies, Janangelo registered three birdies and three bogies to finish with an even-par 72 on Saturday. A West Hartford, Conn., native owns a two-day total of 138 and is in position to win the Franklin Street Partners Invitational for the second straight year.
'Liz has everything and is a very complete player,' said Duke Head Coach Dan Brooks. 'She has length and has a short game. She is the full package.'
'I am playing well and very happy with my game right now,' said Janangelo. 'I have been working on my short game a lot lately and my confidence is very high right now. If you feel good about yourself and good about your game, sometimes that will get you out of trouble.'
Nirapathpongporn, a senior from Bangkok, Thailand, collected a team-best round of 70 on day two as the reigning U.S. Women's Amateur Champion had five birdies on the afternoon, while Hardin fired a 71 on Saturday. Both Nirapathpongporn and Hardin sit at 141 in tied for second after two days of action.
'This is very exciting for me,' said Brooks. 'I feel like any one of our players can win individually and that adds to the fun of the whole process. You never know who's going to get hot.'
Freshman Anna Grzebien turned in a collegiate best round of 72 on Saturday. After making the turn 2-over-par, the Narragansett, R.I., native had three birdies on the final nine holes and is now tied for seventh overall (147). Brittany Lang, a freshman from McKinney, Texas, collected two birdies over the final three holes to finish with a 2-over-par 74 and is sixth overall (146).