NCAA Hunt for Blessings: Texas wins Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate

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Ana Belac of Slovenia. (Photo by Richard Martin-Roberts/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)

No. 3 ~ Duke Blue Devils

After day one Duke sat just one shot back of NCAA No.2 Texas, thanks to junior Ana Belac and her bogey free round in New Orleans!

Belac shot a four-under 68 to lead the Blue Devils into second and bumped her into the top stop individually. Freshman Kim continued off her win last week to finish T7th with a one-under 71.

Sophomore Boonchant is coming off a killer 2017-18 season opening up in New Orleans with an even 72. These three golfers currently sit within the top-15 for the Blue Devils.

Belac held strong in day two, carding an even par 72 stay on top of the NCAA individual leaderboard by two strokes and keep Duke in second, behind Texas by six and two of USC. Boonchant stayed within the top-ten in rainy conditions after another even par round currently T6th. Kin didn’t have the same fate as she fell back into T24th with a five over 77 to close out day two.

Ending their New Orleans run Duke took home second, beating out seven NCAA top-25 ranked teams. The Blue Devils finished just two strokes behind NCAA ranked No. 2 Texas to finish out a rainy tournament in New Orleans.

Junior Belac struggled through day three carding a seven-over 79 to find herself finishing T8th. Along with Belac, teammate Boonchant also landed herself T8th with a final 3-over score of 219. Freshman Kim rounded out the top three finishing T11th with a 4-over 220 to help Duke into 2nd.

Head coach Dan Brooks never lost sight of his team’s possibility of taking home a first place trophy.

“It was another example of how things can change in just a hole or two,” said Duke head coach Dan Brooks.  “Last I checked on Golfstat, we were 7 shots behind.  Then, right at the very end, Texas helped us shrink the deficit to two strokes. At Landfall the same sort of thing happened, in which case we won. You have to stay strong to the very end, and keep believing in possibilities.  I was proud of our team for doing that.”

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