Duke wins 6th NCAA women's golf title

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 23, 2014 at 7:36 pm •  Published: May 23, 2014
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Duke rallied to beat Southern California by two strokes Friday for its sixth NCAA women's golf title, and the Trojans' Doris Chen took the individual championship.

Duke, two strokes down on the back nine after taking a six-shot lead over Southern California into the final round, had a 6-under 274 total at Tulsa Country Club to finish at 10-over 1,130. The Trojans, the winner last year, shot 10-under 270.

"To have this special group of people fall behind against a team like USC, knowing what they've done in the last several years and that they were getting their momentum, to get those birdies and come back ... I can't imagine one of the other championships being better," Duke coach Dan Brooks said.

Brooks also led the Blue Devils to titles in 1999, 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2007. The hail-shortened 1999 event also was played at Tulsa Country Club.

Chen closed with a 3-under 67 for a two-stroke victory over Duke's Celine Boutier. Chen finished at 6-under 274. Boutier, tied with Chen for the third-round lead, shot 69.

UCLA was third at 25 over, followed by Oklahoma at 27 over and Arizona State at 30 over.

Duke got some help when Chen, 5 under through her first 10 holes, double-bogeyed the 11th. That combined with a run of Duke birdies to give the Blue Devils the lead for good.

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