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Chen, Blue Devils start strong to lead NCAA Regional

CLE ELUM, Washing. The second-ranked Duke women’s golf program got off to a strong start at the NCAA Cle Elum Regional on Monday as the Blue Devils shot a 6-under par, 282, and held onto the team lead with 36 holes to go at the Tumble Creek Club in Cle Elum. , To wash.

Duke Senior Anne Chen led the way for the Blue Devils as she fired a 5-under, 67, to lead the field by one stroke. As the Blue Devils turned the corner and early on the back nine, Duke fell down the leaderboard and was 4-over as a team. Duke caught fire, rolling off 14 birdies over the final seven holes and roaring into the lead.

All five Blue Devils rank in the top-22 of the individual rankings, including three in the top 10 – Chen (1.67), Phoebe Brinker (T5, 70) and Andie Smith (T10, 72).

In the team standings, Duke leads at 6 under, 282, followed by Stanford (284), Arizona State (288), Virginia (289), Long Beach State (292), Kansas (294) and San Jose State (298). ).

How it happened

  • After an early bogey at number 2, Anne Chen was solid the rest of her round with six birdies, including one on each of the five par-5 holes. She started things off at No. 4 when she hit her sand wedge from 100 yards to four feet for birdie. Chen, a product of Sugar Land, Texas, rolled in a six-footer for birdie on No. 8 and made the turn at 1-under, 35. On the back nine, she had four birdies over a span of seven holes. Chen hit her 60-degree wedge from 79 yards on No. 12 to six feet for birdie and then drained a 4-footer for birdie on No. 14. She connected with a 16-foot birdie on No. 15 and then hit her second shot just short of the green on No. 18 and went up and down for birdie to end her round. Chen hit 11 fairways, 12 greens and had a career-best 24 putts.
  • Senior Phoebe Brinker shot a 2-under, 70, in the first round, which is her second-lowest score in NCAA Regional action during her career. After opening at 1-over par through 10 holes, Brinker closed strong with birdies at No. 14, No. 15 and No. 17 to finish at 2 under. Brinker, a native of Wilmington, Del., parred the first seven holes before getting her first birdie on the par-5 eighth hole, chipping to four feet and making the putt to reach 1 under. After back-to-back bogeys at No. 9 and No. 10, she parred three consecutive shots and then hit the green in half on both the 14th and 15th holes and 2-putted for birdie. Brinker rolled a 30-footer for birdie on the 169-yard, par-3 17th for her fourth birdie of the day. She hit 13 greens, 12 fairways and had 32 putts.
  • After a slow start in which she bogeyed three of her first four holes, the sophomore Andie Smith sat down and parred nine consecutive holes. She headed into the last five holes at 3-over, but things quickly turned around. Smith, who is from Hobe Sound, Florida, drained a 16-footer for birdie on No. 14 and then hit her 8-iron from 138 yards on the 362-yard, par-4 No. 16 to 15 feet for birdie. She closed out the game by collecting an impressive up-and-down birdie on 18 from just short of the green and finished with an even-par, 72. Smith hit 14 greens, 13 fairways and had 32 putts on the day, along with three on and down.
  • Freshmen Katie Li opened play with four pars before hitting her gap wedge from 97 yards to nine feet for birdie on the 380-yard, par-4 fifth hole. She then went through a rough patch where she had bogeys at No. 9, No. 11 and No. 12 to fall to 2 over par. Li, a native of Basking Ridge, NJ, played her final six holes at 1 under par. She was 115 meters ahead of No. 16 and hit a low nine into the wind to 4 meters for birdie to gain a stroke back. Li was in two at No. 18, but had a long putt and finished with a par to close with a 73. She hit 14 greens, 12 fairways and had 34 putts.
  • Seeing action in her fourth regional and first with the Blue Devils, graduate student Emma Jackson posted a 2-over, 74. She had one of Duke’s first birdies of the day when she rolled in a 15-footer on No. 4, but had to hurry for most of the front nine when she shot 4-over, 40 . On the back, McMyler had a key sand save from 12 feet for par on No. 11 and then recorded back-to-back birdies on No. 14 and No. 15. She 2-putted for birdie on the 14th and then made connection on a 7-footer for birdie at the 15th. McMyler added a bogey at No. 17. A product of San Antonio, Texas, McMyler 2-putted for birdie at No. 18 to end the day shooting 2-under over her final nine holes.


  • Duke’s 6-under par, 282, is the seventh-lowest 18-hole score on a par-72 course in Duke history at an NCAA Regional. It’s also the Blue Devils’ lowest in the first round.
  • The Blue Devils’ round of 282 is the lowest 18-hole score in Duke NCAA Regional play since the Blue Devils shot 9 under, 279, in 2018.
  • Duke collected 14 birdies over the final seven holes and went from 4-over to 6-under to close the round and hold the team lead.
  • that of Anne Chen 5-under, 67, ranks fourth for the lowest 18-hole score on a par-72 course in Duke history at an NCAA Regional. It ranks second in the first round.
  • Chen’s 5-under, 67, is a career low in NCAA regional action and the first time she has shot in the 60s in NCAA play.
  • Chen recorded her 11th career round in the 60s and 34th even or under par ledger. She now owns 10 even or under par scores as a senior and four rounds in the 60s.
  • Chen’s 24 putts are the fewest by a Blue Devil since Jaravee Boonchant collected 24 putts at the 2017 Landfall Tradition.
  • Chen had an equal individual lead in par-4 scoring (1-under) and par-5 scoring (5-under). Her six birdies led the field.
  • Phoebe Brinker posted four birdies on Monday and now owns 323 during her Duke career, moving her into ninth place on Duke’s all-time charts, passing Laetitia Beck (322).
  • Andie Smith birdied three of her last five holes to finish at even par, 72. It was her 15th round at even or under par this season. It’s her second straight even or under par in NCAA Regional play, as she shot 69 points in the final round last year in her home state of Florida.
  • Duke has shot 7-under (ACC Championship final round) and 6-under (NCAA Regional first round) in its last two outings.
  • The Blue Devils shot a team-best 13 under par on the par-5 holes in the first round, as well as a team-best 4 over par on the par-4 holes.
  • Duke’s 19 birdies were a team best.
  • Chen leads the individual action by one stroke over Stanford’s Paula Martin Sampedro (68) and Kansas’ Lily Hirst (68).


  • “I’m proud of them. I’ve seen some excellent play. They seemed very calm in the wind and that’s something we’ve been working towards. They’ve gotten better and better. We’re in very windy conditions here and they’re handling it well .” — Duke head coach Then Brooks on the back nine charge

  • “That’s what you get when you host a regional championship in the Cascade Mountains this time of year. We handle it well. You just have to be patient and resilient.” – Duke head coach Then Brooks on the track conditions where wind, rain, etc.

  • “Today I was able to make a lot of ups and downs when I missed the greens and the putting seemed to go very well today as well.” –Duke senior Anne Chen

  • “Definitely a struggle, that’s for sure. On the golf course you have to be adaptable and flexible, especially when a gust of wind comes up and you have to change to two clubs more or two clubs less. So just being able to adapt really well has helped a lot .”– Duke Sr Anne Chen about the conditions in the first round

What comes next

  • Duke opens the second round on Tuesday from noon ET and 9 a.m. locally with Stanford and Arizona State. The top five teams after Wednesday’s round will advance to the NCAA Championship.

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Duke results
– 1 Anne Chen Duke 67-5
-T5 Phoebe Brinker Duke 70-2
– T10 Andie Smith Hertog 72 E
-T16 Katie Li Duke 73 +1
-T22 Emma McMyler Duke 74 +2

1 Team scores
1 Duke 282 -6
2 Stanford284-4
3 State of Arizona 288 E
4Virginia 289 +1
5 Long Beach State 292 +4
6 Kansas 294 +6
7 San Jose State 298 +10
8 Sacramento State 300 +12
9 Washington 302 +14
10 Alabama 303 +15
11 Virginia Tech 308 +20
12 Seattle 310 +22

Start Finish Player Team Scores
– 1 Anne Chen Duke 67-5
-T2 Paula Martin Sampedro Stanford 68-4
-T2 Lily Hirst Kansas 68-4
– 4 Celeste Valinho Virginia 69-3
-T5 Phoebe Brinker Duke 70-2
-T5 Kelly Xu Stanford 70-2
-T5 Beth Coulter Arizona State 70-2
– T5 Andee Avery Long Beach State 70-2
– T5 Kelli Ann Strand *Nebraska 70-2
– T10 Rachel Heck Stanford 72 E
– T10 Ashley Menne Arizona State 72 E
– T10 Amanda Sambach Virginia 72 E
– T10 Andie Smith Hertog 72 E
– T10 Emily Mathews Virginia Tech 72 E
– T10 Jasmine Leovao Long Beach State 72 E
-T16 Katie Li Duke 73 +1
– T16 Paula Schulz-Hanssen Arizona State 73 +1
– T16 Grace Summerhays Arizona State 73 +1
– T16 Amy DeKock Kansas 73 +1
– T16 Angelina Kim Long Beach State 73 +1
– T16 Jennifer Koga Sacramento State 73 +1
– T22 Megan Propeck Virginia 74 +2
– T22 Louisa Carlbom San Jose State 74 +2
– T22 Lucia Lopez-Ortega San Jose State 74 +2
-T22 Emma McMyler Duke 74 +2
– T22 Megha Ganne Stanford 74+2
– T22 Jaclyn LaHa Virginia 74 +2
– T22 Kajsa Arwefjall San Jose State 74 +2
– T22 Annika Cruz Seattle 74 +2
– T30 Carmen Lim Washington 75 +3
– T30 Patience Rhodes Arizona State 75 +3
– T30 Stefanie Deng Washington 75 +3
– T30 Ashley Koga Sacramento State 75 +3
– T30 Mattison Frick Alabama 75 +3
– T30 Morgan Ketchum Virginia Tech 75+3
– T30 Sarah Edwards Alabama 75 +3
– T30 Sneha Sharan Sacramento State 75 +3
– T38 Sadie Englemann Stanford 76+4
– T38 Rebecca Gyllner San Jose State 76 +4
– T38 Vivian Lu Washington 76 +4
– T38 Camille Boyd Washington 76 +4
-T38 Lauren Clark Kansas 76+4
– T38 Elina Sinz Alabama 76 +4
– T44 Jamie Hsieh Washington 77 +5
– T44 Caitlin Maurice Sacramento State 77 +5
– T44 Madison Le Long Beach State 77 +5
– T44 Kynadie Adams Alabama 77 +5
– T44 Harriet Lockley Alabama 77 +5
-T44 Jordan Rothman Kansas 77+5
– T44 Sabrina Iqbal * Colorado 77 +5
– T51 Rebecca Skoler Virginia 78 +6
– T51 Shayna Lu Seattle 78 +6
– T51 Janae Leovao Long Beach State 78 +6
– T51 Rivekka Jumagulova Seattle 78 +6
– T51 Riana Mission * San Francisco 78 +6
– T51 Morgan Miller * Colorado 78 +6
– T57 Moa Andersson San Jose State 79 +7
– T57 Valentine Delon Virginia Tech 79 +7
– T57 Emma Bunch * New Mexico State 79 +7
– T60 Aaryanna Morris Seattle 80 +8
– T60 Madelyn Gamble * Washington State 80 +8
– 62 Ella Kraft Sacramento State 81 +9
– T63 Tsara Ralamboarison Seattle 82 +10
– T63 Becca DiNunzio Virginia Tech 82 +10
– 65 Hanna Hawks Kansas 83 +11
– 66 Symone Henriques Virginia Tech 85 +13