Amanda and Oprah

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Amanda Blumenherst told me today she got straight A’s in her final semester at Duke, then joked, “At least I’ve got that part together.” It hasn’t exactly been the smoothest senior year on the golf course for the country’s most dominant female player in the last five years. Still, give Blumenherst credit. She’s as gracious as ever with her time after a round and kept a smile on her face despite shooting 77 Thursday at the East Regional.

On Sunday, she’ll be on hand in Durham, N.C., to get her diploma, then will play her first event as a professional in July 2 at the LPGA’s Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic.

So, who’s speaking at the commencement address?

Oprah.

Apparently, the son of Gayle King, Oprah’s best friend, is in the Class of 2009 at Duke.

Not a bad send off for Duke’s finest.

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