Alabama, Duke share 36-hole lead at Darius Rucker Intercollegiate

Tracy Wilcox

Alabama, Duke share 36-hole lead at Darius Rucker Intercollegiate

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Alabama, Duke share 36-hole lead at Darius Rucker Intercollegiate

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This one will likely be a battle to the end in Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Duke closed a four-shot gap in Saturday’s second round at the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate, catching Alabama at the top of the leaderboard heading into the final day.

The pair enter the last 18 at 5 over, three ahead of nearest competitor Arizona State.

The Crimson Tide, ranked third, are looking to defend their Darius Rucker crown and win for the first time since the 2016-17 season opener. Alabama players occupy the top two spots, as Kristen Gillman, a freshman, is the individual leader at 3 under after a second-round even-par 71 at Long Cove Club. Sophomore Cheyenne Knight sits T-2 following a Saturday 72.

Sandy Choi, a senior, is pacing the No. 12 Blue Devils as she sits solo fifth at even par. Two other Duke players are in the top 10 with Gurbani Singh (T-6, 1 over) and Leona Maguire (T-9. 2 over) both occupying spots among that group. Maguire is No. 1 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings and looking to build off a spring-opening win at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge. Duke won the fall-ending East Lake Cup but is looking to secure its first stroke-play victory of 2016-17.

The No. 4 Sun Devils have two players in the top five. Sophomore Linnea Strom (T-2, 2 under) and junior Sophia Zeeb (fourth, 1 under) lead the way.

The 17-team field includes 10 of the top 20 squads in the country. The final round will finish up Sunday afternoon.

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