News & ToursSeptember 26, 2011

Mason Rudolph winners claim Golf World honors

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Hunter Green, Middle Tennessee State

The senior won his third career college title with eight-under 205 at the Mason Rudolph Championship. A final-round 67 on the South course at Vanderbilt Legends Club follow up rounds of 70 and 68 to outpace John Skeadas of Davidson by two strokes. His performance also help the Blue Raiders claim the team title by one stroke over Mississippi when a collective five-under 279 in the final round and a eight-under 844 total.

"I hit it really well all week," said Green. "The first two rounds, I didn't make very many putts at all, but I wasn't making any bogeys, so I was still under par. But today I really got it going, I made a few putts. I was five under coming to the last hole and hadn't made a bogey all day. I didn't three-putt all week and I made some really good putts so that took a lot of pressure off of me for the rest of the day."

Honorable mention:

Rafael Becker, Wichita State … second-rd 64 buzzes field at UTA-Waterchase

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Lindy Duncan, Duke

A final-round 68 on the North course at Vanderbilt Legends Club tied the junior from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., with Alabama's__Jennifer Kirby__ at four-under 212 for 54 holes. Duncan then won the individual title in a one-hole sudden death playoff with a birdie after hitting her approach shot to a few inches.

"It is awesome, I am really excited," Duncan said. "My game is really coming around. My goal coming up is to try to get more solid rounds together—three, four days in a row. That is what I am working on right now. I am doing a pretty good job of finishing. Today was a great day. I was so tough out there. I didn't make any bogeys in the final round—making four birdies. I was just solid all day. I am really excited."

The tournament started inauspiciously for Duncan with a three-over 75 in the first round. A second-round 69 jumped her from 27th overall to a T-5 place heading into the closing 18.

"She was so solid and it was really fun seeing her come down the stretch," said Duke coach Dan Brooks. "In the playoff, she hit one of the best shots that I have ever seen. She hit it one foot from the hole on her third shot on a par five. It wasn't a real long shot but it was so perfectly hit. It had a nice little cut to it, landed just short of the flag and trickled up there about a foot away to win with a birdie."

The victory was Duncan's third of her career.

*Honorable mention:

*Chirapat Jao-Javanil, Oklahoma … first college win at Golfweek Conf. Challenge

Sally Watson, Stanford … final-round 70 wins her WSU Cougar Cup

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