ATHENS, Ga. — Annie Park shot a 2-under 70 in windy conditions Thursday to take the individual lead and help Southern California increase its lead to 17 strokes with one round left in the NCAA women’s golf championships. Duke is second at 2-under.
Park, a freshman, had a 9-under 207 total at the University of Georgia Golf Course for a two-stroke lead. Park birdied four of the last six holes after bogeys on Nos. 11 and 12. On the par-3 13th, after Duke’s Celine Boutier hit to 6 feet, Park hit inside her. Both made their birdie putts.
Boutier leads duke at 3 under followed by Lindy Duncan at 2 under, Laetitia Beck (+1), Courtney Ellenbogen (+4) and Alejandra Cangrejo (+14).
Duke coach Dan Brooks remained optimistic.
“I have seen amazing things happen,” he said. “Two years ago we were 23 shots down and won by 12. It would really be amazing for that to happen with USC on the course.” Associated Press
Track and Field
Saint Augustine’s: The Falcons broke the national Division II record in the men’s 4x100 meter relay with a time of 39.01 seconds on the first day of the NCAA Division II championships at Pueblo, Colo.
The Falcons foursome of Ramaan Ansley, Taffawee Johnson, Burkheart Ellis, Jr., of Raleigh, and Jermaine Jones beat the mark held by Abilene Christian, which ran 39.20 in 1984.
The win in Heat 2 qualified them for Saturday’s finals, which are scheduled to begin at 7:20 p.m. Entering the meet, the team was the top ranked 4x100 team in Division II.