HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. – Junior Women’s Golf Duke Anne Chen played in his fifth career run in the ’60s to close out the Windy City Collegiate Classic on Tuesday at the 6,442-yard, par-72 Exmoor Country Club in Highland Park, Ill.
Chen, a native of Sugar Land, Texas, birdied four in the final round to shoot a 3-under, 69, en route to tied for fourth with a 2-over-par, 218, over 54 holes. . As a team, the Blue Devils finished tied for fourth with rounds of 300, 297 and 294 for an 891. Southern California (867) won the team title, while South Carolina (876), Oregon (881), Duke (891) and Arizona State (891) round out the top five.
How did it happen
• Duke opened the action on the 10th hole for the second consecutive day.
• After parrying his first three holes, Anne Chen suffered her only bogey of the day on No. 13. She would then go on to play her last 14 holes at 4 under par. Chen got things rolling on the No. 14 as she hit her 8 iron from 132 yards out seven feet for a birdie. She then hit her 5-iron from 170 yards to eight feet for her second birdie and hit her 60-degree corner from 60 yards to nine feet for another birdie. After six pars, she closed by sticking her 7-iron 132 yards out on the 153-yard, par-3 eighth hole from three feet for her fourth birdie.
• On the first nine holes of the final round, junior Phoebe Brinker was 3 over par but closed with a strong back nine at even, 36. She birdied three on the day on No. 15, No. 2 and No. 4. Brinker then finished tied at 31st with a 225.
• Senior Erica Berger closed the event with a 2-over, 74, en route to finishing tied for 35th with a 226. In the final round, she parried the first seven holes, before suffering a bogey on the No. 17, after missing the fairway. Shepherd bogeyed the No. 1 to fall to 2-over, but came back on the No. 6 by sticking his three-foot approach and draining the birdie. She missed the fairway on the No. 7 and had a bogey, but parried the last two holes.
• In the final round, second year Rylie Heflin signed for a 76 as she was held without a birdie. After starting three-over-par on her first five holes, Heflin played her final 13 holes at 1-over-par with 12 pars and a bogey, which included a 25-foot par putt on No. 9. She closed the week tied for 35th with a 226.
• First-year student Andie Smith struggled early in its final round with five bogeys on its first nine holes, but calmed down on the back nine. She parried the first seven holes on the back, before draining a 10-foot birdie on the No. 8. Smith closed with a bogey on the No. 9 to finish with a 77 on Tuesday.
• Senior Megan Furney finished the tournament with two birdies before shooting a 79 on Tuesday. She finished 75th with an individual 240.
• As a team, Duke had 10 birdies in the first round, 11 in the second round and 11 in the third round.
• Amari Avery of Southern California earned individual medal honors with a score of 6 under, 210.
• In the final round, Anne Chen hit 16 greens, 13 fairways and made 32 putts on the day.
• Chen now has five career rounds in the 60s and 19 par or under par in his three-year career. It was his third career top-five finish and fifth top-10 finish.
• In six appearances at the Windy City Collegiate Classic, a tied fourth place is the Blue Devils’ best. The previous best result was fifth in 2019, 2017 and 2016.
• Erica Berger finished with 39 pars, which tied for second in the event.
• Chen led Duke with nine birdies on 54 holes.
“I didn’t feel too confident in the first two rounds, but I made some changes afterwards and that definitely helped me play better in the last round. I was able to hit my approach shots more close to the hole to give me more birdie chances.” – Duke Junior Anne Chen
“Exmoor Country Club was tough. The greens were fast, many were small and quite sloping, and the rough was deep. It was costly if you got short yourself. Kudos to USC for finishing near par . tomorrow for another event in these conditions, we would finish well. We learned well but we didn’t learn soon enough.” – Duke’s Head Coach Dan Brooks
Duke will have a quick turnaround as the Blue Devils next travel to Juno Beach, Fla., Oct. 10-12 to play in the Jackson T. Stephens Cup, which will be played at Seminole Golf Club.
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Anne Chen (77-72-69=218, +2, T4)
Phoebe Brinker (72-78-75=225, +9, T31)
Rylie Heflin (74-76-76=226, +10, T34)
Erica Berger (77-75=152, +8, T35)
Andie Smith (80-74-77=231, +15, T51)
*Megan Furney (79-82-79=240 (+24, 75)
Team (300-297-294=891, +27, T4)
* Played as an individual