Duke's Virginia Elena Carta hoists individual national championship trophy
(Photo Courtesy of Duke Athletics)M
EUGENE OR (May 23, 2016) - She is only a freshman
but Duke's Virginia Elena Carta can already call
an individual national champion. Carta, who had
previously been winless this season, put together
rounds in the 60's at Eugene Country Club and
16-under-par. In the process Carta set two NCAA
championship records, tying the 54-hole scoring
at 13-under and then setting the new 72-hole
“It means a lot,” Carta told the NCAA. “As I said, I
would have never thought [I would have been able]
to win this tournament, especially as a freshman.
Now my expectations are going to be high. But I
mean, it has been a great year. I've been working
really hard also with the team, and we've been
working so much, so I'm just excited that the work
paid off and that my putter finally worked, too.”
Finishing in a distant second place eight-strokes
behind at 8-under, were Arizona's Haley Moore and
Miami's Dewi Weber.
Carta, the fourth player in Duke history to win
individual championship fired rounds of 69-68-66-69
runaway with the title. During the four days Carta
tallied 20 birdies, just two bogeys and a double-
Her best round came during
Saturday's second round when she carded six birdies
to a bogey-free 6-under 66. Carta, from Italy, was
to close the medalist honors out with a steady four
birdie, one bogey final round.
However, Carta will now have to turn her focus
solely to the team aspect of the tournament as
play begins on Tuesday. The eight remaining teams
compete in both
the quarterfinals and semifinals on Tuesday before a
champion is crowned on Wednesday.
(1) UCLA vs. (8) Oregon
(2) Stanford vs. (7) South Carolina
(3) USC vs. (6) Duke
(4) Washington vs. (5) Virginia
The most surprising team not advancing to the
quarterfinals is Alabama. After winning the SEC
spending most of the season ranked near the top
nationally the Crimson Tide struggled and tied for
Another storyline to keep an eye on tomorrow,
throughout the remainder of the tournament is home
course advantage. Eugene Country Club is the home
course for Oregon and that is something that could
to their advantage.
-Duke athletics contributed to this story
ABOUT THE NCAA Division I Women's Championship
24 teams and 12 individuals not on a qualifying
team make up the field for the championship of
Division I women's golf.
After 72 holes of stroke play, the individual
champion is crowned, and the low 8 teams advance
match play to determine the team champion.
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