BROWNS SUMMIT, N.C. -- For the fourth consecutive round, third-ranked Duke holds the team lead as the Blue Devils opened the Bryan National Collegiate with a two-stroke advantage on Friday morning at the 6,386-yard, par 72 Champions Course at Bryan Park Golf and Enrichment Center.
Duke carded a four-over-par, 292, on Friday and leads by two strokes over Michigan State (294). Rounding out the top 10 is Florida State (295), Louisville (297), Clemson (300), Florida (300), Penn State (300), Virginia (302), North Carolina (302), South Carolina (302) and Ohio State (302).
The Blue Devils were under par for most of the day until the final five holes as Duke dropped seven shots to close the first ledger.
Coming off leading all three days at the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate, Duke has now held the lead in each of its last four rounds of golf.
Duke senior Laetitia Beck turned in a two-under-par, 70, on Friday and is tied for the individual lead along with Kelly Grassel of Michigan State and Portland Rosen of Virginia.
A native of Caesarea, Israel, Beck opened her round on the third hole and moved to three-under-par after posting her fifth career eagle and a birdie on back-to-back holes. She rolled in a 12-foot eagle putt on the 490-yard, par five 11th and then collected a short birdie putt on the 155-yard, par three 12th. Beck closed with seven pars and one bogey on No. 2. She hit 14 greens, nine fairways and had 31 putts.
Sophomore Celine Boutier had a solid start to the day as she collected a birdie on her first hole, the 390-yard, par four fifth. She then moved to two-under-par for the day with a birdie on No. 9. Boutier, who is out of Montrouge, France, suffered back-to-back bogeys on the 13th and 14th holes to drop back to even par. She connected on her third birdie of the day on the par five 15th to get back to one-under. Boutier finished her afternoon with six pars and a bogey on No. 2 to finish with an even-par, 72. She is tied sixth overall on the leaderboard, after hitting 13 greens, 10 fairways and draining 31 putts.
Coming off notching her first tournament victory at the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate, freshman Yu Liu carded a two-over-par, 74, in round one and is tied 20th overall. A Beijing, China native, Liu hit 14 greens, 10 fairways and had 36 putts on Friday. She opened her day with four pars in a row, before turning in a bogey on No. 8 and a birdie on No. 11 to remain even. Liu suffered bogeys on No. 12 and No. 14, but responded by getting on the green in two on the 458-yard, par five 15th. She then two-putted for her second birdie of the day. After a bogey on No. 16, Liu closed with five consecutive pars.
Duke senior Alejandra Cangrejo turned in one of the highlights of the first round on the 190-yard, par three 14th as she drained her second career hole-in-one and the first in collegiate play. Cangrejo, a product of Bogota, Colombia, hit a 5-wood into the wind; it landed in the middle of the green and ran into the cup. The 14th hole played as the third-hardest hole on the day allowing only three birdies and Cangrejo’s eagle, while forcing 43 bogey’s or worse.
For the day, Cangrejo finished with a 76 and is tied 34th overall. She finished with one birdie, one eagle and seven bogeys.
Freshman Sandy Choi held a two-over-par ledger with four holes remaining on the day, but suffered a double-bogey on hole No. 1, par on No. 2, bogey on No. 3 and closed the day with a birdie on the 137-yard, par three fourth. She is tied 34th overall, after hitting 14 fairways, 12 greens and notching 33 putts.
Duke junior Irene Jung played as an individual and shot an 81 on Friday.