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Blumenherst wins 10th title

Ten was the number of the day for Duke juniors Amanda Blumenherst and Jennie Lee Wednesday.

The reigning National Player of the Year took medalist honors for the 10th time in her Duke career Wednesday at the Wildcat Invitational, beating the field by three strokes with an even-par 213 and pacing the top-ranked Blue Devils to a tie for second place.

No. 14 Oklahoma State edged Duke and No. 4 Southern California to take the team title by two strokes.

Blumenherst overcame tough and windy conditions-which induced five bogeys and one double-bogey in the third round of the 54-hole tournament-by draining five birdies on the day.

"When I hit hole 7, I think I was letting the wind get to me," Blumenherst said. "It was really hard to putt as the ball was shaking and I lost focus. I had to basically concentrate, pay attention to playing and not let the conditions get the better of me."

The nation's premier player regained her poise on the back nine, firing three birdies in addition to four pars past the turn.

Ten was also a good number Wednesday for Lee, who posted the 10th top-10 finish of her Duke career on her way to a tie for eighth place.

"Jennie is really tough," head coach Dan Brooks said. "She has worked hard through the winter and didn't let the cold weather stop her from getting her work done-that's why she came out playing well."

Alison Whitaker, Jennifer Pandolfi and Kim Donovan rounded out the Blue Devils' team effort, finishing in ties for 24th, 34th and 58th, respectively.

Whitaker carded a 3-over 74 Wednesday to finish 14-over for the tournament, while Pandolfi shot a 16-over 229 and Donovan a 24-over 237.

Duke next hits the links March 9 for the UCF Invitational at the Red Tail Country Club in Sorrento, Fla.


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