PALOS VERDES, Calif. -- The third-ranked Duke women’s golf team remains in sole possession of third after the second round of play at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge in Palos Verdes, Calif. The Blue Devils shot a combined 10-over par 294 on the second day of competition, bringing the team’s two-day total to 584 strokes, 16-over-par on the 6,017-yard par 71 Palos Verdes Golf Club course.
Southern California saw a strong second day of competition, posting a six-under par 279, bringing the Trojan’s two-day tournament leading total to 567. UCLA (581), Duke, Baylor (585), Arizona (586), Washington (587), Arizona State (594), Wake Forest (596), Oklahoma (596) and Florida (600) rounded out the top 10 through day two. Southern California’s Annie Park holds the individual lead with an eight-under-par, 134.
Following a stellar first day of competition that saw freshman Yu Liu in a tie for second place overall, the Beijing, China, native shot a three-over par 74. Liu currently sits in sixth-place. She opened the second day with five consecutive pars before recording a bogey on No. 6. Liu rebounded with three additional pars before recording just her second bogey of the tournament on the par four No. 10. She once again responded by posting a birdie on No. 11, three consecutive pars on No. 12, No. 13 and No. 14 and another birdie on No. 15. Liu, who was even through No. 16, suffered triple-bogey on the 322-yard, par four No. 17 before closing the round with a par on No. 18. She hit 14 greens, 10 fairways and had 31 putts on the day.
Sophomore Celine Boutier remained consistent on day two of competition, matching her round one score of 72. Boutier’s performance moved her into a tie for 11th overall, sitting two-over par through 36 holes. Boutier sat even through two holes on Monday before posting a double-bogey on No. 3. She responded with a bogey on No. 4, pars on No. 5 and No. 6, a bogey on No. 7 and a par on No. 8. Boutier made the turn with a one-over par 36. The Montrouge, France, native opened play on the back nine with two consecutive birdies on No. 10 and No. 11. After a par and a birdie on No. 12 and No. 13, Boutier notched a second double-bogey, bringing her back to even par. Boutier ended the round with a bogey on No. 17 and a par on No. 18. She hit only seven fairways, 12 greens and had 29 putts.
Freshman Esther Lee posted a near-identical 75 in her second round of competition after a three-over par 74 on day one. Lee recorded three birdies, nine pars, five bogeys and a double-bogey Monday afternoon. Lee is currently tied for 29th. She hit 11 fairways, 11 greens and had 31 putts.
Senior Alejandra Cangrejo remains tied for 41st following a three-over par 74, while fellow senior Laetitia Beck moved into a tie for 46th place after a three-over par 74. Beck moved up eight positions after improving on her first-round 77 during the previous day of competition. Over her final nine holes, Beck was two-under-par, after posting six bogeys on the front nine.
The Blue Devils begin the final round of play Tuesday morning at 11 a.m. (ET).