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Amanda Blumenherst Takes Home Five Awards At NGCA Banquet
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 05/27/2006
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Amanda Blumenherst won five major awards on Friday at the NGCA banquet
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COLUMBUS, OHIO.-- Just a couple of hours after the Duke women’s golf team claimed its fourth NCAA Championship on Friday, the back-to-back champions attended the National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) banquet at the Marriott Hotel in Columbus, Ohio, where freshman Amanda Blumenherst brought home an amazing five awards and three other Duke golfers were honored.

At the banquet, Blumenherst was crowned the Eleanor Dudley College Player of the Year, National Freshman of the Year, received the Golfstat Cup, the Edith Cummings Munson Golf Award and was selected first team All-America.

Blumenherst, a freshman native of Scottsdale, Ariz., collected a 71.62 stroke average to go along with three victories, nine top-five and 11 top-10 finishes in 11 tournaments as a rookie with the Blue Devils.  Her 71.62 stroke average was the second-lowest in school history and was the lowest in Duke history by a freshman.   Ever since opening her collegiate career with an eight-under-par, 208, to claim medalist honors at the Mason Rudolph Collegiate Championship in September, Blumenherst was ranked No. 1 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index as well as the Golfstat Cup. 

Only the second Duke golfer to be selected as the recipient of the Eleanor Dudley College Player of the Year, Blumenherst opened play as a collegian with nine straight rounds of even or under par, which broke a school record.  She also joined former Blue Devils Beth Bauer (1999) and Brittany Lang (2004) as winners of the National Freshman of the Year award, while Blumenherst and teammate Liz Janangelo are the only Duke winners of the Golfstat Cup and National Player of the Year awards.  Blumenherst also registered 24 rounds of even or under par, which broke the Duke single season record by five.

Blumenherst also picked up a new award for the Blue Devils on Friday evening receiving the Edith Cummings Munson Golf Award, which is given to the All-America and Scholar All-America with the highest grade point average in Division I women’s golf. In her first two semesters at Duke, Blumenherst collected a 3.87 grade point average to lead the Blue Devils.

Taking home first team NGCA All-America honors for the fourth straight year was Janangelo.  The West Hartford, Conn., product joined only former Duke golfer Virada Nirapathpongporn as four-time first team selections in school history.  On the season, Janangelo registered a 73.27 stroke average, one victory, four top-five and seven top-10 finishes.  She closed her career at Duke with a school-record 30 top-10 finishes and seven victories, which is tied for second along with Jenny Chuasiriporn.  She finished the season ranked ?? in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index.

Janangelo will turn professional on Tuesday as she looks to win her fourth straight Connecticut State Open.  

Earning her second straight first team All-America honor on the evening was junior Anna Grzebien, which finished tied for 21st in the NCAA Championship.  Grzebien, who is from Narragansett, R.I., completed her season with a 73.55 stroke average, three top-five, six top-10 and eight top-10 finishes in 10 tournaments.  She also totaled 12 rounds of even or under par and had 89.8 percent of her rounds count during the season.  Grzebien closed the season ranking ?? in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index.

After posting a career-best second place finish in the NCAA Championship with rounds of 73-72-72-71 for a total of 288, freshman Jennie Lee earned honorable mention All-America accolades. For the season, she notched a 74.29 stroke average to go along with one top-five, two top-10 and eight top-20 finishes.  She missed winning the NCAA Individual Title by only two strokes on Friday and finished the season ranking ?? in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index..

Duke Head Coach Dan Brooks was awarded the NGCA East Region Coach of the Year for the seventh time after leading the Blue Devils to six victories this season, his 11th straight ACC Championship and his fourth NCAA title on Friday.  Earlier this season, Brooks became the Division I women’s golf all-time wins leader and now owns 95 career victories.

With his four NCAA titles, Brooks now owns more championships at Duke than any coach and the Blue Devils became the first golf team to win back-to-back titles since Arizona State captured championships in 1997 and 1998.

Duke will return Blumenherst, Grzebien, Lee and Jennifer Pandolfi for 2006-07 campaign and will welcome in three stellar recruits -- Alison Whitaker, Rebecca Kim and Yu Young Lee.  The Blue Devils will once again be expected to be in the mix take home another National Championship. 

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2005-06 NGCA Awards

Eleanor Dudley Division I Player of the Year
Amanda Blumenherst - Duke University

Division I Freshman of the Year
Amanda Blumenherst - Duke University

Golfstat Cup
Amanda Blumenherst - Duke University

Division I Kim Moore Spirit Award
Hayley Wilkinson – Long Beach State University

Dinah Shore Trophy Award
Erica Battle – University of South Carolina

Edith Cummings Munson Golf Award
Amanda Blumenherst - Duke University

Division I National Coach of the Year
Devon Brouse – Purdue University

Division I Regional Coaches of the Year
East Region: Dan Brooks - Duke University
Central Region: Devon Brouse – Purdue University
West Region: Melissa Luellen - Arizona State University

Division I All-American Teams

1st Team
Amanda Blumenhurst – Duke University
Irene Cho – USC
Da Sol Chung – UNLV
Anna Grzebien – Duke University
Elizabeth Janangelo – Duke University
Tiffany Joh - UCLA
Ashley Knoll – Texas A&M University
Maria Martinez – Auburn University
Jane Park – UCLA
Dewi Schreefel - USC
Jenny Suh – University of Alabama
Caroline Westrup – Florida State University

2nd Team
Jacqui Concolino – Vanderbilt University
Alissa Kuczka – Arizona State University
Taylor Leon – University of Georgia
Paige MacKenzie – University of Washington
Azahara Munoz – Arizona State University
Jennifer Osborn – Arizona State University
Onnarin Sattayabanphot – Purdue University
Marci Turner – University of Tennessee
Eileen Vargas – Pepperdine University
Whitney Wade – University of Georgia
Leah Wigger – University of Virginia

Honorable Mention
Sofie Andersson – University of California Berkeley
Christina Boeljon – Purdue University
Amie Cochran – UCLA
Tara Delaney – Kent State University
Sandra Gal – University of Florida
Amanda Goins – Wake Forest University
Nicole Hage – Auburn University
Maria Hernandez - Purdue University
Mallory Hetzel- University of Georgia
Anastasia Kostina – Washington State University
Jennie Lee – Duke University
Stacy Lewis – University of Arkansas
Amanda McCurdy – University of Arkansas
Rachel Newren – Brigham Young University
Sophia Sheridan – University of California Berkeley
Tiffany Tavee, Arizona State University