HILTON HEAD, S.C. — Duke opened the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate with an even-par 284 to take a commanding nine-stroke lead after one round at the 6,142-yard, par 71 Long Cove Club.
The Blue Devils registered 10 birdies and lead by nine over Vanderbilt (293) and Alabama (293). South Carolina (294), North Carolina (295), Stanford (297), Arkansas (297), LSU (297), Oklahoma (298) and Wake Forest (299) round out the top 10 teams.
Duke’s Celine Boutier and Yu Liu are tied for second individually at 2-under, two strokes behind Alabama’s Stephanie Meadow. Elizabeth Mallett was UNC’s top finisher at 1-over.
Esther Lee shot 72 and Laetitia Beck 74 to round out the Blue Devils’ scoring.
Katherine Perry and Jackie Chang had matching 74s for the Tar Heels. Leslie Cloots and Samantha Marks each shot 75.
Johnny Bench Award: N.C. State junior Bretty Austin and Duke junior Mike Rosenfeld were among six from the ACC named to the watch list for the honor, which is awarded to the country’s best catcher.
Postponements: Campbell’s series opener against William and Mary will begin with a 2 p.m. doubleheader Saturday. ... Duke will host No. 1 Virginia Saturday in a doubleheader at 1 p.m. ... N.C. State will host Notre Dame in a doubleheader beginning Saturday at 2 p.m. ... North Carolina’s doubleheader against Pittsburgh will begin at noon Saturday. ... Saint Augustine’s Saturday doubleheader at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary was pushed back to 4 p.m.
N.C. State: Senior women’s forward Kody Burke was named the ACC’s Kay Yow Scholar Athlete of the Year.
N.C. State 7, Appalachian State 0: The Wolfpack (10-2) men dropped just one set to sweep the Mountaineers (4-3) at the J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center.