Duke wins second straight titleMay 26, 2006

COLUMBUS, Ohio Duke won its second-consecutive NCAA Division I title and fourth in womens golf after shooting 291 Friday at the 2006 NCAA Division I Womens Golf Championships at The Ohio State Golf Club Scarlet Course. The Blue Devils finished at +15, 10 shots ahead of No. 2 Southern California.

The title was the fourth for the womens golf program at Duke, one more than the three titles won by the Blue Devils mens basketball team.

Duke started the day with a 13-shot lead over Southern California and was never threatened. Jennie Lee led the Blue Devils individually. She shot 71 Friday and finished at even par for the championship, second in the individual standings.

Dewi Schreefel of Southern California was the individual champion for the event. She was tied for second with three others and three shots back of the lead after 54 holes to claim the title after a final round of 69.

The round of the day was turned in by Stacy Lewis of Arkansas. She shot 66 in the morning wave to set a renovated Scarlet Course record (66). She started the day tied for 50th in the individual standings and finished tied for ninth overall.

The tournament was delayed for 56 minutes because of stormy weather in the Columbus area in the early afternoon. The team leaders began the day after the delay.

Ohio State was the host of the NCAA womens championships for the fifth time since the first event in 1982. In addition to this season, Scarlet has been the host course for the tournament in 1982, 1986, 1991 and 1997.

Noting the Final Round:
Stacy Lewis of Arkansas made five-consecutive birdies (holes 12-16) on her way to an Arkansas and Ohio State Golf Club Scarlet Course record 66 Friday. She made eight birdies on the day. Lewis started the day tied for 50th. She finished tied for ninth.
Kimberly Meck of LSU eagled No. 16, a 323 yard par 4.
Alissa Kuczka of Arizona State eagled No. 14, a 466-yard par 5.

-- Courtesy Dan Wallenberg