2013 NCAA Central Regional May 9-11, 2013 Norman, Okla. • Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club 54-Hole Medal Play • 18 Holes Each Day
DUKE HEADS TO NCAA CENTRAL REGIONAL The third-ranked Duke women’s golf team will travel to Norman, Okla., to compete in the 2013 NCAA Central Regional on May 9-11 at the 6,298-Yard, Par 72 Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club, which will be hosted by the University of Oklahoma. Participating in the regional will be-- Duke (3), Oklahoma (4), Florida (12), Washington (10), Arizona State (13), UC Davis (25), Texas Tech (24), N.C. State (20), Michigan State (26), Iowa State (22), Southern Methodist, Campbell, Coastal Carolina, Wake Forest, Texas Christian, Gonzaga, Indiana, Texas-San Antonio, Mississippi State, Wisconsin, Lamar, Illinois State, Detroit-Mercy and Butler. The following individuals will also be competing -- Fanny Cnops (UNCG), Lori Beth Adams (UNCW), Emma Henrickson (San Diego State), Julia Roth (Central Arkansas), Paige Spiranic (San Diego State) and Christine Wong (San Diego State). The teams are listed in seed order and the rankings in parentheses are from the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index. Duke will tee off on Thursday, May 9 at 8:36 a.m. in the first round off No. 1 and will return on Friday, May 10 at 12:56 p.m., in the second round. Tee times for Saturday will be determined by standings. Fans can follow the action live on the web at www.GoDuke.com. The regional will be a three-day, 54-hole tournament with 18 holes played each day. The top eight teams and top two individuals (not on one of those eight teams) advance to the NCAA Championships to be played May 21-24 at the University of Georgia Golf Course in Athens, Ga.
TRENDS • The Blue Devils feature four out of the top seven stroke averages in the ACC this season -- Lindy Duncan (1st, 72.19), Laetitia Beck (3rd, 73.13), Celine Boutier (5th, 73.71) and Alejandra Cangrejo (7th, 74.13). • The last time Duke traveled to the state of Oklahoma for NCAA action was in 1999 when the Blue Devils won their first NCAA Championship, played in Tulsa, Okla. Duke shot a three-day total of 895 at the Tulsa Country Club. • ACC Rookie of the Year Celine Boutier currently owns the eighth-best stroke average by a Duke freshman in school history. It is also the highest by any freshman in the ACC. • Duke enters regional play with a first place (ACC Championship) and second place (PING/ASU Invitational) in the last two tournaments. With a complete lineup, the Blue Devils have finished no lower than fourth place over the final six tournaments. • Duke’s seven NCAA Regional titles is the most by a school -- 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2007. • The Blue Devils are listed third in the Golf World/NGCA Coaches Poll and are third in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index. In the Golfweek individual rankings, senior Lindy Duncan is No. 6, junior Laetitia Beck is 18th, freshman Celine Boutier is 36th and junior Alejandra Cangrejo is 52nd.
DUKE IN THE CENTRAL REGION The Blue Devils are being sent to the Central Region for only the third time in school history. In 2006, Duke was sent to College Station, Texas and placed second overall. Then in 2011, the Blue Devils went to South Bend, Ind., and finished ninth.
REGIONAL EXPERIENCE In three NCAA regionals, Lindy Duncan has turned in a tied for third, tied for sixth and tied for 13th placement since arriving at Duke. She has carded six even or under par rounds during those nine rounds. Both Laetitia Beck and Alejandra Cangrejo will see action in their third straight regional. Last year, Cangrejo was injured in the first round and had to withdrawal at Penn State. Senior Courtney Ellenbogen will play in her third regional, after competing as a freshman and junior seasons.
BROOKS COACHING TREE AT OKLAHOMA Head coach Dan Brooks will have one former Duke assistant coach on the course at Oklahoma for the Central Regional -- Emily Bastel (Florida head coach). Bastel was an assistant coach with the Blue Devils in 2009-10.
DUNCAN IN FINAL POSTSEASON OF COLLEGIATE CAREER Senior Lindy Duncan is closing out one of the best collegiate careers in Duke and Division I history. Over the last four seasons, Duncan has compiled a 72.18 stroke average, six victories, 19 top five finishes, 30 top 10 placements, 37 top 20 finishes, 65 even or under par rounds and notched 22 rounds in the 60s. She has been Duke’s top scorer in 26 of her 41 tournaments since arriving in Durham.
PAIR OF JUNIORS HAVING CAREER SEASONS Duke juniors Laetitia Beck and Alejandra Cangrejo are each turning in the best individual season they have had since arriving at Duke. Beck, who is ranked No. 18 in the nation, enters the NCAA regional placing in the top 10 in four straight events. Still looking for her first collegiate victory, Beck owns a career-best 73.13 stroke average and a tied for team-best seven top 20 finishes. She is coming off a career-best second place finish at the ACC Championship. Ranked 52nd nationally, Cangrejo also owns a career-best stroke average on the season with a 74.13 ledger. She owns three top 20 finishes and is coming off a tied for third placement at the ACC Championship.
ACC CHAMPIONS For the second straight year and the 18th time in school history, Duke captured the ACC Championship as the Blue Devils turned in a 54-hole total of 882 to win by 24 strokes at the 6,210-yard, Par 71 Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C. Duke posted rounds of 293, 292 and 297 for a 30-over-par ledger, dealing with high winds and very challenging Bermuda greens. N.C. State (906), Virginia (909), Florida State (919), North Carolina (924), Miami (924), Wake Forest (925), Maryland (944) and Boston College (946) closed out the field. Brooks posted his 17th ACC Championship over his 29 seasons as Duke, including the Blue Devils’ first victory of the 2012-13 campaign. Dan Brooks now owns 113 career wins to increase his NCAA-best victory total. As a team, Duke featured four out of the top six on the final leaderboard – Laetitia Beck (2nd), Alejandra Cangrejo (T3rd), Lindy Duncan (T3rd) and Celine Boutier (T6th). Virginia’s Brittany Altomare claimed the first ACC Individual title for the Cavaliers with a three-day total of 217. With the victory, Brooks has now collected at least one team victory in 28 of his 29 years at Duke.
BLUE DEVILS IN THE NCAA’S This marks the 21st consecutive year there has been a regional system for women’s golf. Duke has advanced 17 of the last 19 times, finishing in the top four of the regional in 15 of the 17 years the squad has advanced. Duke has posted four individual medalists at the regionals as Beth Bauer won the East Regional in 1999 after shooting 74-70-71=215, Virada Nirapathpongporn won in 2001 with a 65-73-71=209, Leigh Anne Hardin won in 2002 with rounds of 71-67-72=210 and Anna Grzebien won in 2005 with rounds of 73-69-67=209.
ALL-TIME WINNINGEST COACH Blue Devil Head Coach Dan Brooks became the all-time winningest women’s golf coach in NCAA Division I history in the fall of 2005 as he won his 92nd career tournament title at the Stanford Pepsi Intercollegiate on Oct. 23, 2005. Brooks passed Mark Gale of San Jose State that won 91 career tournaments from 1978-96. Brooks now has 113 career tournament wins over his 29 seasons. He has guided Duke to at least one victory in 28 of his 29 years.
ACC HONORS The ACC released its 2013 All-ACC Women’s Golf team on May 6 with four Blue Devils selected, while Duke head coach Dan Brooks was named ACC Coach of the Year and freshman Celine Boutier earned Rookie of the Year by a vote of the league’s nine head coaches. The four members on the All-ACC squad led all teams as Boutier, senior Lindy Duncan, junior Laetitia Beck and junior Alejandra Cangrejo were voted to the 12-member team. It marks the 14th straight year the Blue Devils have registered two or more golfers on the All-ACC team. Brooks received ACC Coach of the Year honors for the second straight year and the 13th time with the Blue Devils. He guided Duke to the 2013 ACC Championship with a 24-stroke victory over N.C. State last month and owns 113 career wins over his 29 years as a head coach. Brooks has posted 17 overall ACC titles and five NCAA Championships since arriving in Durham, N.C., in 1984. For the 14th time in league history, a Duke golfer has been selected the ACC Rookie of the Year. Boutier, who is out of Montrouge, France, owns the lowest freshman stroke average in the ACC with a 73.71 ledger and ranks No. 36 nationally in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index. She owns one top five, three top 10 and four top 20 finishes on the season and is coming off a sixth place finish at the ACC Championship. A native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Duncan earned the All-ACC award for the fourth straight year, after collecting an ACC-best 72.19 stroke average on the season. She is currently ranked No. 6 nationally in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index as she has notched four top five, five top 10 and seven top 20 finishes. Duncan owns 10 rounds of even or under par and her 72.19 stroke average ranks as the seventh-best in school history. With Duncan earning four All-ACC selections over her career, she joined the likes of Amanda Blumenherst, Jenny Chuasiriporn, Anna Grzebien, Candy Hannemann, Leigh Anne Hardin, Jennie Lee, Virada Nirapathpongporn, Jennifer Pandolfi and Liz Janangelo as the only four-time All-ACC selections in Blue Devil history. Only six other ACC golfers have been four-time All-ACC selections -- Brittany Altomare (UVA), Catherine O’Donnell (UNC), Calle Nielson (UVA), Leah Wigger (UVA), Caroline Westrup (FSU) and Stephanie Neill (WF). Beck, who is out of Caesarea, Israel, was voted All-ACC for the third straight year. She is having her best season since arriving at Duke tallying 73.13 stroke average, one top five finish, four top 10 and seven top 20 placements. Beck is ranked 18th nationally and her 73.13 stroke average is the third best in the league. She is coming off finishing second at the ACC Championship and owns four straight top 10 finishes heading into regional play. With a career-best 74.13 stroke average, Cangrejo was named All-ACC for the first time since arriving at Duke three years ago. A product of Bogota, Colombia, she has totaled one top five and three top 20 finishes on the year. Cangrejo finished tied for third at the ACC Championship and her 74.13 stroke average ranks seventh in the league. She is also ranked No. 52 nationally in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index.
THE HEAD COACH Dan Brooks is in his 29th season as the head coach of the Blue Devils. The 1981 graduate of Oregon State has led Duke to 21 straight NCAA Regional selections and to the NCAA Championships 17 of the last 19 years. Brooks owns the school’s five National Championships in 1999, 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2007. Brooks’ teams have finished with a top-20 ranking 26 times (looking for the 27th this season), while 16 of his squads have earned a top-10 finish in a NCAA Tournament-- 1987 (T7th), 1988 (5th), 1994 (4th), 1996 (7th), 1998 (4th), 1999 (1st), 2001 (2nd), 2002 (1st), 2003 (10th), 2004 (3rd), 2005 (1st), 2006 (1st), 2007 (1st), 2008 (3rd), 2009 (6th) and 2010 (T8th). In 29 years, his teams have won 113 tournaments, which is a NCAA record for women’s golf. He was named the 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007 and 2012 ACC Coach of the Year for his efforts and 1999, 2001, 2002, 2005 and 2007 National Coach of the Year. Duke has collected 17 ACC Championships during Brooks’ term with the program.
FIVE-TIME NATIONAL CHAMPIONS The Duke women’s golf team will begin its quest for its sixth NCAA Championship this week in Norman, Okla. The Blue Devils won their first title in 1999, a second in 2002, third in 2005, fourth in 2006 and fifth in 2007. Duke became only the second team along with Arizona State to win three straight national titles (1995-97). Virada Nirapathpongporn (2002), Candy Hannemann (2003) and Anna Grzebien (2005) each have won individual titles.