Date: May 01, 2009

Whitaker fourth in Florida

Alison Whitaker turned in her best finish of the college season as she placed tied for fourth with a three-day total of 226 at the SunTrust Lady Gator Invitational in Gainesville, Florida. Whitaker turned in a final round of 78, following 18-hole totals of 74 in the first two rounds. Her previous best finish of the year was tied for 16th at the Match Play Qualifying in the fall, which was 36 holes. As a team, Duke sank five birdies in the final round and a total of 21 over the 54 holes of play. Today particularly was tough because it was cold with the winds blowing hard, said Brooks. I believe the winds blew harder today than they did yesterday. Whenever you get strong winds on this golf course, it is going to be tough.” “It is a Donald Ross Course with relatively small greens that are built up, a lot of rounding, a lot of run off with the ball trying to run off the green. It was challenging golf and really tested your patience. Whitaker&aposs Duke team mate Amanda Blumenhurst won the tournament by two strokes making it her 12th career victory. Duke will next travel to Greensboro, North Carolina, for the 2009 ACC Championship at the Sedgefield Country Club from April 17-19. The Blue Devils have won the past 13 consecutive ACC titles, while Blumenherst has won the past three straight ACC Individual crowns. with assistance from Duke Sports Information