Brinker Places Fourth in ANNIKA Intercollegiate

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LAKE ELMO, Minn. – Duke women’s golf junior Phoebe Brinker carded a 6-under-par, 210, at the ANNIKA Intercollegiate Presented by 3M en route to a fourth-place finish at the 6,408-yard, par 72 Royal Golf Club in Lake Elmo, Minn.

As a team, the Blue Devils were in the hunt for the trophy all day, but couldn’t quite make enough putts on the way in.  Duke turned in rounds of 292, 284 and 289 to finish with a 1-over, 865, to place tied for fourth.  Wake Forest came-from-behind to win the team title with an 858, while Texas (862), Virginia (863), South Carolina (865) and Duke (865) rounded out the top four teams.  

    

How It Happened

•    The Blue Devils played the front nine at 1-over-par in the morning and then closed with an even-par ledger on the back nine.  

•    Duke finished with 14 birdies on the day, which was the lowest total of the week for the Blue Devils.    

•    Phoebe Brinker featured back-to-back birdies on No. 2 and No. 3 to get her final round started strong and moved to 3-under through 10 holes as she drained a 10-footer for birdie.  She closed the day at even par over her final eight holes with four pars, two birdies on No. 15 and No. 18 and two bogeys.  

•    Over the three days, Brinker carded rounds of 72, 69 and 69 for a 6-under, 210, which was the third-lowest 54-hole score of her Duke career.

•    Senior Erica Shepherd turned in her second straight top-12 finish at the ANNIKA Intercollegiate with scores of 72, 73 and 72 for a 1-over, 217.  In Wednesday’s final round, she drained a 15-foot birdie on No. 2 to get in the red numbers early.  With an 8-footer for birdie on No. 8, she made the turn with a 1-under, 35.  On the back nine, Shepherd turned in eight pars and one bogey finishing with an even-par, 72.  

•    Freshman Andie Smith closed her first collegiate tournament with back-to-back birdies on her way to finishing with a 3-over-par, 75.  After draining seven birdies the day before, Smith couldn’t quite get the putter working as well on Wednesday.  She hit 12 greens and made birdies on No. 2, No. 17 and No. 18.  Smith reached the green in two on the par-5 18th and had a 32-foot putt for eagle.  She finished tied for 29th with scores of 77, 69 and 75 for a 221.  

•    With her second straight round of 1-over, 73, junior Anne Chen turned in a tied for 41st finish with a 223.  Chen closed strong playing her final six holes at 2-under-par.  She hit her pitching wedge on No. 14 and No. 17 to three feet and 13 feet, respectively, to register birdies on the back nine.  Chen hit 15 greens, 12 fairways and rolled 34 putts.

•    After posting a 1-under, 71, on day one, sophomore Rylie Heflin collected rounds of 76 and 79 to finish the week in a tie for 47th.  She was limited to one birdie in the final round, which came on No. 14 as she drained a 25-footer from off the green.  It marked the second time in three rounds she birdied the hole.  

Notes

•    Brinker collected her sixth career top-five finish and notched back-to-back rounds in the 60s for the first time in her career. She now owns six rounds in the 60s over her Blue Devil career.

•    With her top-12 finish, Shepherd now owns 11 career top-20 finishes and 27 rounds of even or under par.

•    After turning in a runner-up finish a season ago at the ANNIKA Intercollegiate, Duke was in the top four in 2022

•    Duke finished with 51 birdies, which ranked third in the field.

•    Brinker finished with a 4-under score on par-4 holes, which was tied for first for the tournament.

Quotes

“I played super solid all week.  I started off even par, which I was definitely happy with.  I knew I could go lower.  But, overall this is a pretty difficult course so I am just really happy I was able to minimize the mistakes I had and capitalize on the birdies I was able to make.”   – Duke junior Phoebe Brinker

“We were in the hunt all day today and that is right where Duke belongs.  It was a great day and was a lot of fun.  I am very excited about the fall.  We don’t play until October and I am looking forward to every one of those events.” — Duke head coach Dan Brooks

Up Next

Duke will next travel to Highland Park, Ill., to compete in the Windy City Collegiate Classic on Oct. 3-4 at the Exmoor Country Club.  

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Duke Results

Phoebe Brinker 72-69-69=210 (4)

Erica Shepherd 72-73-72=217 (T12)

Andie Smith 77-69-75=221 (T29)

Anne Chen 77-73-73=223 (T41)

Rylie Heflin 71-76-79=226 (T47)

Duke 292-284-289=865 (T4th)

 


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