Duke remains the gold standard in women's golf. The Blue Devils won their sixth national title this week at the NCAA Championship in Tulsa, Okla.
But N.C. State coach Page Marsh is happy with the progress her young program has made in a short time. The Wolfpack finished 10th at the NCAAs, a week after tying Duke for third place in the regionals.
"We're closing the gap," Marsh said last week before Duke's sixth NCAA title since 1999.
Marsh, one of the best amateur players in the history of the state, restarted the women's golf program at N.C. State in 2000 and since then has led the Wolfpack to the NCAA regionals 12 times in 14 seasons and to the championship round twice in the past three years.
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The Wolfpack rebounded from a slow start at Tulsa Country Club on Tuesday, 23rd out of 24 teams after the first round, to finish tied for 10th with Texas A&M and Vanderbilt. (By the way, the Commodores won the East regional in Tallahassee, Fla. on May 10 by 14 shots.)
After shooting a team score of 307 on the first day, the Wolfpack carded a 284 and 280 in the second and third rounds.
Junior Augusta James led the Wolfpack at the NCAA Championship with a four-day score of 284, a plus-4 for the tournament and good for 13th.