Courtesy: Duke Sports Information Release: 05/06/2014
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DURHAM, N.C. – For the seventh time in school history, the Duke women’s golf team swept the All-ACC awards as the league office released the postseason accolades Tuesday following a vote of the league’s 12 head coaches.
Blue Devil sophomore Celine Boutier was named the ACC Player of the Year, rookie Yu Liu earned ACC Freshman of the Year and Dan Brooks was selected ACC Coach of the Year. Duke senior Laetitia Beck also earned All-ACC accolades for the fourth straight season. Other years the Blue Devils swept the main ACC awards were in 2007, 2006, 2004, 2001, 2000 and 1999.
With Duke receiving three members on the All-ACC team – Beck, Boutier and Liu -- it marks the 15th straight year the Blue Devils have registered two or more golfers on the All-ACC squad.
A product of Montrouge, France, Boutier becomes the ninth different Duke golfer to be named ACC Player of the Year and it marks the 16th time over the last 18 years a Blue Devil has been named the league player of the year.
Boutier enters the NCAA regionals as arguably the nation’s hottest golfer. The Montrouge, France, native is riding a three-match win streak that includes titles at the ACC Championship, the PING/ASU Invitational and the Bryan National Collegiate. Boutier, whose 71.78 stroke average is an ACC best, owns five total top-five finishes, six top-10 placements and eight top-20 finishes in her nine tournaments played this season. She is currently ranked No. 6 in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index.
Liu, of Beijing, China, is the only ACC golfer to collect top-10 finishes in each of her tournaments played this season. It marks the 15th time in league history a Duke golfer has been selected the ACC Rookie of the Year and the fourth time out of the last five years. Her strong first season includes a title at the Darius Rucker Invitational, in which she carded a 54-hole ledger of 211. Liu owns the second-best stroke average in the ACC and the best among freshmen with a 71.83 mark. She is currently the highest ranked ACC golfer in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index and in the GolfStat Cup rankings, holding the No. 4 spot in each.
Brooks coached Duke to its 19th ACC title and to four team victories on the season. The Blue Devils are ranked third nationally and received their 22nd consecutive bid to participate in the NCAA Championship. Duke is seeded No. 1 in the East Region. The Blue Devils registered a 27-stroke victory at the ACC Championship. Their four tournament wins are their most since the 2007-08 campaign, when Duke won five events. Brooks has guided the Blue Devils to an NCAA-best 118 career wins and 18 of the program’s 19 ACC titles in his 30 years at the helm. It marks the third straight year Brooks has received ACC Coach of the Year by his peers.
A native of Caesarea, Israel, Beck is currently ranked No. 10 nationally in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index after totaling a 72.15 stroke average to go along with six top 10 and five top five finishes so far this season. Beck is coming off finishing second at the ACC Championship with rounds of 72, 75 and a tournament-best 68 in the final round for a two-over-par, 215. Her 72.15 stroke average ranks as the fourth-best in the league and is the third-highest ACC golfer listed in the latest GolfStat Cup rankings (11). Entering regional play, Beck has not finished lower than third over her last three tournaments and owns 13 rounds of even or under par on the year.
With Beck earning four All-ACC selections over her career, she joined the likes of Lindy Duncan, 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).
Also selected to the All-ACC team were Clemson’s Ashlan Ramsey and Sloan Shanahan, Florida State’s Matilda Castren and Alex Milan, Maryland’s Juliet Vongphoumy, Miami’s Daniela Darquea, North Carolina’s Elizabeth Mallett and NC State’s Augusta James and Brittany Marchand.
Duke, the No. 3 ranked team in the nation, will compete the NCAA East Regional May 8-10 at SouthWood Golf Club in Tallahassee, Fla.