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Virada Nirapathpongporn
Year: Senior
City/State: Bangkok, Thailand
High School: IMG Academies/Leadbetter Academy
Virada Nirapathpongporn Bio
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Updated: 10/29/2009

Career Notes: 2002 NCAA Individual Champion ... finished her career with 27 top-10 finishes which is tied for the Duke record ... owns Duke records for scores on 18 holes (65-tie) and 72 holes (279) ... only Duke player to earn first team NGCA All-America accolades in her each of her four years ... four-time All-ACC selection ... three-time NGCA Academic All-America ... member of ACC 50th Anniversary Golf Team. 

2003-04: Earned first team NGCA All-America, All-ACC and NGCA Academic All-America ... selected the winner of the Nancy Lopez Award, which is given to the top amateur golfer in the world ... finished the season with four top-five, eight top-10 and nine top-20 finishes ... posted 16 rounds of even or under par ... registered the third-best single season stroke average (72.53) ... concluded her career at the NCAA Championship with a tied for sixth finish (71-72-72-72=287) ... tied for third at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic (66-78-72=216) ... tied for seventh at the ACC Championship (70-72-72=214) ... finished tied for eighth at the NCAA Fall Preview (73-76-67=216) ... had a third place finish at the Franklin Street Partners Women’s Invitational  (71-70-75=216) ... at the Stanford/Pepsi Intercollegiate, placed fourth (69-71-71=211) ... turned in a tied for third finish at the ACC/SEC Challenge (67-74=141) ... won the first hole of the playoff to capture the Hooter’s Collegiate Match Play Championship for Duke over Georgia. 

2003 Summer Action: Won the U.S. Women’s Amateur, 2 & 1, over Jane Park ... advanced to the finals of the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links before falling to Michelle Wie ... qualified to play in the U.S. Women’s Open, but missed the cut ... finished tied for third at the York Newspaper Company FUTURES Classic with rounds of 70-72-68=210. 

2002-03: Earned first team NGCA All-America and All-ACC ... missed one Duke tournament to play in the LPGA Kraft Nabisco Championship and finished tied 21st (76-72-72-73=293) ... her stroke average of 73.39 ranked as the sixth-best in school history (tied with Beth Bauer) ... had four top-five, five top-10 and six top-20 finishes in eight tournaments played ... turned in a fifth place total of 212 at the NCAA East Regional (73-68-71=212) ... was fourth at the ACC Championship (75-71-71=217) ... had a fourth place finish at the Auburn Derby (75-71-69=215) ... missed two tournaments in the fall as she represented Thailand in the Asian Games. 

2002 Summer Action: Won the Eastern Women’s Golf Association title with rounds of 69-68-73=210 ... advanced to the Elite Eight of the U.S. Women’s Amateur ... qualified to play in the U.S. Open, but missed the cut with rounds of 75-78. 

2001-02: Became the second NCAA Individual Champion in Duke history with rounds of 68-69-71-72=279 to help lead the Blue Devils to the National Championship ... tied a NCAA Tournament record with her four-round 279 ... winner of the Golf Honda Award as the National Player of the Year ... named first team NGCA All-America, ACC Player of the Year, All-ACC and NGCA Academic All-America ... selected Blue Devil Weekly and Carlyle Cup Female Athlete of the Year ... had the third-best stroke average in Duke history with a 73.21 mark ... led the Blue Devils with 14 rounds of even or under par ... had five top-five, eight top-10 and 11 top-20 finishes in 11 tournaments ... won individual medalist honors at the Bryan National Collegiate with rounds of 65-75-71=211 ... did not finish lower than eighth in any tournament during the spring. 

2001 Summer Action: Advanced to the quarterfinals of match play at the Women’s Amateur Public Links and the Western Golf Association Amateur ... quarterfinalist at the U.S. Amateur. 

2000-01: Earned numerous accolades as a freshman including NGCA first team All-America, ACC Freshman of the Year, NGCA East Region Player of the Year and All-ACC ... notched the second-best stroke average for a freshman at Duke, 73.36 ... posted consecutive victories at the ACC Championship and NCAA East Regional ... claimed top honors at the Mercedes-Benz Women’s Collegiate after firing rounds of 76-70-69=215 ... tied a Duke and course record 65 at the NCAA East Regional in Chapel Hill, N.C., and went on to shoot a 65-73-71=209 ... her 209 at the Regional tied a Duke record ... led Duke with a .964 percentage of rounds counted, second in average strokes behind leader (1.73) and second in even or under par rounds (14). 

Prep: Trained and played golf at the IMG Academies/Leadbetter Academy since 1998 ... a two-time first team AJGA All-America and 1999 first team Polo Junior All-America selection ... shot a Girls Division 54-hole record 200 at the 1999 AJGA PING Myrtle Beach Junior Classic (66-66-68=200) ... her 200 also tied the overall AJGA record held by Ryuji Imada (1994) ... won six tournaments from 1998-2000 (AJGA Taylor Made-adidas Golf Pine Isle Junior Classic in 1999 & 2000, AJGA PING Myrtle Beach Junior Classic in 1998, MCI Junior Classic in 1998, AJGA Hargray Junior Classic in 1998 and the AJGA Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail Junior Classic in 1998 ... named to the 1998 & 1999 East Canon Cup ... in 1999 turned in 13 top five finishes in 14 tournaments ... finished no lower than sixth in 10 tournaments in 1998 ... selected the 1999 AJGA Sportsman of the Year and the St. Stephen’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year ... named the David Leadbetter Player of the Year in 1998 ... attended St. Stephens H.S. for three years, playing golf at the Leadbetter Academy ... led her H.S. team to second place in the state championship and won the individual state title ... member of the National Honor Society ... selected to the Director’s List Honor Roll as a sophomore and the Headmaster’s List Honor Roll as a junior and senior. 

Personal: Born April 21, 1982  ... daughter of Dr. Apichart & Dr. Supranee Nirapathpongporn ... is originally from Bangkok, Thailand ... has one brother, Ekapak (23) ... began playing golf at the age of 10 and played in Thailand until the age of 14 ... attended Geelong Grammar School in Melbourne, Australia, before arriving in the United States at the age of 15 ... received the nickname “Oui” from her brother ... majoring in psychology with a markets & management certificate.

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