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Leona Maguire, Virginia Elena Carta, Ana Belac, Jaravee Boonchant, Miranda Wang, Dan Brooks
Five Blue Devils Selected All-ACC
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 05/04/2018
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DURHAM, N.C.-- For the seventh time in Duke history, the Blue Devil women’s golf team has placed five student-athletes on the All-ACC squad as announced by the league office Friday morning following a vote of the 12 ACC head coaches.

Along with the five All-ACC selections by senior Leona Maguire, junior Virginia Elena Carta, sophomore Ana Belac, freshman Jaravee Boonchant and freshman Miranda Wang, Maguire was selected ACC Player of the Year and Dan Brooks earned ACC Coach of the Year accolades.

It marked the first time since the 2006-07 campaign the Blue Devils posted five All-ACC selections with other seasons being in 2005-06, 2004-05, 2003-04, 2000-01 and 1999-00.

The 2018 ACC Champions and four-time winners on the season, Duke is currently ranked No. 4 nationally and received one of four No. 1 seeds in the upcoming NCAA regionals.

Maguire, a native of Cavan, Ireland, was tabbed ACC Player of the Year for the third time in her illustrious career. She joined Jenny Chuasiriporn, Amanda Blumenherst and Lindy Duncan as the only three-time winners of the award.

For the 15th time at Duke, Brooks was selected ACC Coach of the Year after leading the Blue Devils to his 20th ACC Championship over the 34 years with the Blue Devils. The 20 ACC Championships ranks tied second for the most by an ACC head coach in league history. His 132 all-time wins is the most in Division I history.

On the year, Maguire has totaled an ACC-best 70.52 stroke average along with three victories, and eight top 10 finishes in 10 tournaments. She collected her third ACC individual title last month with a playoff victory, which was also her 10th overall win during her career. She is currently listed No. 6 overall in the latest ANNIKA Award watch list for National Player of the Year.

With Maguire earning four All-ACC selections over her career, she joined the likes of Celine Boutier, Laetitia Beck, 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.

Carta, who hails from Udine, Italy, was limited to six tournaments on the season due to illness and injury, but when in the lineup has been one of the best in the league totaling a 72.41 stroke average. She placed tied fifth at the ACC Championship. It marks the third straight year the 2016 NCAA Individual Champion has received All-ACC honors.

For the first time in her short career, Belac was named All-ACC, after registering a 72.33 stroke average and three top five finishes in 10 tournaments. She collected her first collegiate victory at the Landfall Tradition in the fall and finished tied third at the ACC Championship last month.

Boonchant is coming off placing second in the ACC Championship, following finishing in a tie for first after 54 holes with Maguire. A native of Bangkok, Thailand, Boonchant fell in the third playoff hole to post her best collegiate finish at second. She owns a 71.30 stroke average this season, which is the third-lowest in the ACC.

A product of Beijing, China, Wang earned the honor after notching a 73.33 stroke average with two top 20 finishes. In her last tournament in Auburn, she placed tied fifth, which was a career best. Wang is currently ranked 49th nationally.

Duke, the No. 1 seed in the Madison Regional, will next compete May 7-9 in Madison, Wisc., for a chance to advance to the NCAA Championship in Stillwater, Okla.


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