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Chen & Shepherd Advance to Stage II of LPGA Qualifying

Chen & Shepherd Advance to Stage II of LPGA Qualifying

DURHAM – Following 72 holes of LPGA Stage I Qualifying School, the Duke women’s golf duo of Anne Chen and Erica Shepherd combined to shoot 23-under-par and were two of 99 golfers moving on to Stage II.

Shepherd posted rounds of 69, 69, 70 and 68 for a 12-under-par, 276, to finish fifth, while Chen registered scores of 68, 71, 70 and 68 for an 11-under-par, 277, to tie for sixth at the Dinah Shore and Palmer Courses located at the Mission Hills Country Club as well as the Classic Course at Indian Wells Country Club in California.  

A 2023 Duke graduate, Shepherd carded only four bogeys and one double-bogey over 72 holes, while rolling in 16 birdies and one eagle.  Chen, a senior from Sugar Land, Texas, had five bogeys, 14 birdies and one eagle over her four days of action.  

Next up in qualifying for the Duke tandem is Stage II, which is slated to be played Oct. 17-20 at Plantation Golf and Country Club in Venice, Fla.

Savannah Grewal and Suzuka Yamaguchi both shot 15-under-par, 273, to take medalist honors.  

Chen heads back to Durham to join the Blue Devils, who are preparing to open the 2023-24 schedule Sept. 11-13 at the ANNIKA Intercollegiate in Lake Elmo, Minn.

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