Early success

In her first event as a professional, Amanda Blumenherst is off to a fantastic start.

The Duke grad and three-time college player of the year carded five birdies in a 4-under 68 Thursday at the Duramed Futures Tour’s Michelob Ultra Futures Players Championship. She was was a shot off the lead midway through the first round at Hickory Point Golf Course in Decatur, Illinois.

Last week, Mina Harigae, who left Duke after one semseter, won her first pro event on the Futures Tour.

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