How to make a 102-foot putt at NCAAs

No. 18 on the Dye Course at the Country Club of Landfall.

No. 18 on the Dye Course at the Country Club of Landfall.


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WILMINGTON, N.C. – The final hole at the Country Club of Landfall might look intimidating, but so far it has proved to be the biggest aid to players’ scorecards. Though the monster 18th green is bordered on the right side by a steep sidehill that drops to a lengthy sand trap, a tail wind has made the 445-yard par 5 reachable in two. Thirty-five birdies and two eagles have been posted so far through Round 1 of the NCAA Women’s Championship. Just four players in the morning wave bogeyed the hole.

There has been no shortage of excitement at No. 18 either, as clubhouse leader Florida State had three birdies and an eagle there.

Tulane’s Samantha Troyanovich owns the longer putt of the tournament so far, made at that hole. Troyanovich hit a 4-iron to the back left edge of the green before dropping an eagle putt – totaling 102 feet – to the hole cut on the front right corner of the green.

“Longest putt probably of my life,” said Troyanovich, who shot 78 and celebrated the putt with her teammates after signing her card.

She also demonstrated one of the best parts of such a big green: A 102-foot walk to pull your golf ball out of the cup presents many opportunities to boogie.

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