Duke freshman Leona Maguire carded a six-under 66 Friday in the first round at the PING/ASU Invitational and holds a two-stroke lead with 36 holes remaining at the 6,223-yard, par 72 ASU Karsten Golf Course.
Maguire carded seven birdies and leads Lakareber Abe of Alabama and Lauren Kim of Stanford. Maguire, the nation’s top-ranked golfer, turned in birdies on No. 1 and No. 5 on her way to making the turn at two-under-par, 33. She reeled off five straight birdies from holes 10-14 to move to seven-under-par. Her seven birdies tied a career high.
Duke carded a two-under-par 286 and is in second place. Arkansas holds a two-stroke lead.
UNC: In Amherst, Va., the Tar Heels men’s team finished the first round in second place in the Liberty Spring Invitational at 9-under-par 567. Freshman William Register is tied for the lead at 7-under 137.
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Register held the top spot after the first round with a 5-under 67, complete with six birdies and only one bogey. The second round, the freshman from Burlington carded an eagle on the par-4 12th, four birdies, two bogeys, and a double to finish at 2-under 70 in the second round.
Elon: The Phoenix was unable to stop James Madison, falling 22-5 to the No. 24 Dukes in Harrisonburg, Va.
The Phoenix (7-6, 0-3) finished with seven shots on the day and 10 wins at the draw, including three by Abby Godfrey.
Duke: The Blue Devils (14-7, 9-2 ACC) earned a hard-fought 4-3 victory over the visiting Tigers, their ninth at home. Clemson is 13-8, 8-4.
“This was a big match for us,” coach Jamie Ashworth said. “As far as ACC standings go, this was a huge match for us. Coming off a good energy match with Florida State I thought [the girls] following it up with this was big.”
Doubles play set the tone for the match, as action on all three doubles courts required at least 14 games to determine the winner.
North Carolina: The unbeaten No. 2 Tar Heels (24-0, 12-0 ACC) held off 12th-ranked Virginia 4-3. The victory assures the Tar Heels at least a share of the conference’s regular-season title.
TRACK & FIELD
Duke: Hosting its first meet since 2013 and the first at the newly built Morris Williams Track & Field Stadium, the Blue Devils kicked off the Duke Invitational with the men’s and women’s hammer throw.
Junior Michael Foley provided the highlight of the meet by breaking his own school record in the men’s hammer throw (57.92m), besting the previous school standard of 57.72m to place fourth.
After one event, the Duke men are fourth in the team rankings with four points, and the women are fifth with two. North Carolina leads the men’s and women’s competitions with 10 points.
Duke: The host Blue Devils (21-14, 4-12 ACC) came up short against No. 5 Louisville 1-0.
Blue Devils left-hander Dillon Haviland matched his career high with 5 2/3 innings, allowing two hits and no runs in the no decision.
Louisville is 26-7, 15-1 ACC. Cardinals’ starter Kyle Funkhouser (5-2) pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing four hits and a walk while striking out eight.
The difference in the game was a Blake Tiberi pinch-hit RBI single in the seventh.