Duke women make run behind Cangrejo, Duncan
FRANKLIN, Tenn. - The phrase “get back on the horse” comes to mind when talking to Duke’s Alejandra Cangrejo. The Blue Devils player fell off a horse at age 6 and fractured her elbow and wrist. Horseback riding was her passion, but after that fall, she never rode again.
Two weeks ago at the NCAA East Regional, Cangrejo re-injured her right elbow when hitting out of rough. Duke was leading the tournament at the time of her injury, but the Blue Devils plummeted when she had to withdraw. The tough foursome, however, pulled through without Cangrejo, advancing to this week's nationals here at Vanderbilt's Legends Club. Now she’s back in the lineup, and Duke sits in third place at the NCAA Championship, three shots back of Alabama.
“Irene (Jung) was here just in case something happened,” said Cangrejo, speaking of Duke’s sixth player. Jung went home this morning after Cangrejo assured coach Dan Brooks that she was good to play.
"She is out there playing with an injury that really, really hurt,” Brooks said. "The doctor said it was like hitting your funny bone with a hammer.”
Cangrejo posted an even-par 72, allowing Duke to stay within striking distance of the leader at 1-over 289. Teammate Lindy Duncan, Golfweek’s top-ranked player, eagled her last hole, the par-5 ninth at the North Course, to shoot 70. Eleven players broke par.
"Well, let me tell you, when Lindy made that putt (on No. 9 for eagle), that was key," Brooks said. "This is the national championship, and you cannot afford to miss a lot of those little putts. That was pretty important to get us in position tomorrow."