MIAMI — Duke senior Lindy Duncan and Erynne Lee closed the women’s competition of the 2013 Copa de las Americas golf tournament with a final round of 148 and captured the women’s title by one stroke over Canada on Sunday.
Duncan and Lee combined for a four-day total of 597 as Lee carded a 291 and Duncan a 306, after posting rounds of 76, 78, 76 and 76. Canada (598), Mexico (603), Colombia (614) and Argentina (619) rounded out the top five teams. The U.S. has won three consecutive women’s championships (2007, 2010, 2013).
In the overall standings, both the U.S. and Mexico came on strong in the final round but Canada came away with a one-stroke victory over Mexico and two strokes over the United States.
Canada had a four-day total of 1,177, while Mexico (1178), United States (1179), Colombia (1203), Argentina (1203) and Trinidad and Tobago (1250) rounded out the field.
In the men’s competition, N.C. State Junior Albin Choi sank a 12-foot par putt on the 18th hole to clinch the title for Team Canada.
Choi, along with fellow N.C. State golfer, sophomore Augusta James, and Copa teammates Corey Conners and Brooke Mackenzie combined to posted a four-day total of 25-over par 1177, good for a one-stroke victory over Mexico and two strokes ahead of the United States squad.
Choi carded a final round 2-over par 74 to finish the competition at even par 288. Choi and Conners also finished second in the men’s championship with a 579 four-round total. Mexico won with a 575 tally.
James posted a 5-over par 77 in Sunday’s final round and Mackenzie shot a 2-under par 70 to secure second place in the women’s competition. The duo’s four-day 598 total was one behind the winning United States duo of Erynne Lee and Lindy Duncan. James recorded a 17-over par, 305.
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One of the best matches of the afternoon came at 133 pounds between Duke redshirt sophomore Brandon Gambucci and Virginia Tech’s Erik Spjut.
Gambucci grabbed the early 2-1 lead in the first period, but three near-fall points for Spjut in the second period put the Hokie ahead 4-2 with two minutes remaining.
An escape by Spjut to start the start period iced the victory for the sophomore, 5-3.