Duke dominates Match Play


Duke kept its perfect record intact at the National Golf Coaches Association Collegiate Match Play Championships with a 3-1-1 victory over Georgia Tuesday at Reunion Resort in Kissimmee, Fla.

The Blue Devils have won in all four appearances (2007, ‘06, ‘04 and ‘03).

“It was great,” Duke coach Dan Brooks said. “It seems kind of weird, but I feel like the matches didn’t get tougher as we went along. Today Georgia was, I felt, the most comfortable that we were going to win today out of all the four rounds.”

Three Duke players won by at least a five-hole margin.

Junior Amanda Blumenherst, the two-time Golfweek player of the year, beat Georgia’s Innapha Tantanavivat, 8 and 6, to finish with a 3-0-1 record. In two appearances in the match play championship, Blumenherst has a 7-0-1 record.

Alison Whitaker beat Georgia’s Mallory Hetzel, 5 and 4. Whitaker finished off her second NGCA Match Play with a 4-0 record. It marks the second consecutive year she has gone undefeated in the championship.

“She’s a pretty cool competitor,” said Brooks. “She stands on her own.”

Duke freshman Kimberly Donovan beat Georgia’s Krystle Caithness, 5 and 3, for her first victory of the championship.

Georgia’s Garrett Phillips beat Duke’s Jennie Lee, 2 and 1, while Jennifer Pandolfi and Carolina Andrade halved.

Pandolfi, who is a native of Navarre, Fla., closed out her NGCA Match Play Championship career with a 9-2-1 overall record as she was 3-0-1 in 2007.

Final results from the Hooters Collegiate Match Play Championship, played Nov. 4-6 at The Independence Course in Reunion, Fla.:

Duke def. Georgia 3-1-1

Amanda Blumenherst (Duke) def. I. Tantanavivat
8 and 6 Kimberly Donovan (Duke) def. Krystle Caithness
5 and 3 Garrett Phillips (Georgia) def. Jennie Lee
2 and 1 Jennifer Pandolfi (Duke) halved Carolina Andrade

Alison Whitaker (Duke) def. Mallory Hetzel
5 and 4

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