Let's turn our attention to a sport where we do really well, at least in women's competition.

The Duke women won the three-day Gamecock Invitational yesterday, defeating 17 other teams. Sophomore Erica Shepherd won the invitational championship with a score of -7. Freshman Phoebe Brinker came in third. The field contained eight of the top 15 ranked teams in Golfweek.

A week earlier, the Blue Devils finished third at the Palmetto Intercollegiate on Kiawah Island, SC. Wake Forest and Virginia came in first and second in the 11-team field. Erica Shepherd was third in the individual championship.

The Duke women play next at the Valspar Augusta Invitational on Mar. 13-14 and have other events leading up to the ACC championships at Sedgefield CC in Greensboro, Apr. 15-17. The NCAA championships are May 21-26 in Scottsdale, AZ. The Duke women have won seven NCAA championships, all since 1999.

The Duke men have played in four tournaments thus far -- the best finish at second of 12 teams at the Sea Best Invitational played at TPC Sawgrass on Feb. 1-2. Senior Adrien Pendaries was third in the field. This week Duke placed fourth out of 12 at the Wake Forest Invitational; Adrien placed fifth in the individual competition. Other Duke men results include placing 12th out of 15 in the Seminole Invitational at Tallahassee on Feb. 19-21 and fourth out of ten at the Camp Creek Seminole event in Panama City, FL Jan. 17-19.

The Duke men have three one-day tournaments in the offing leading to the ACC championships near Atlanta on Apr. 23-26. The NCAA championships are also in Scottsdale.