Dan Brooks released the 2012-13 schedule on Tuesday as the Blue Devils prepare to open the season this weekend. The Blue Devils return all six letterwinners from a year ago as Brooks enters his 29th season at Duke.DURHAM, N.C. – Duke women’s golf head coach
Duke, which is preseason ranked fifth nationally, will open the 2012-13 slate on Sept. 9-11 at the Cougar Classic in Hanahan, S.C. The tournament will be played at Yeamans Hall Club. The Blue Devils will next travel to Athens, Ga., to compete in the NCAA Fall Preview from Oct. 5-7.
To close out the fall campaign, Duke will stay in the state of North Carolina for two tournaments – The Tar Heel Invitational and the Landfall Tradition. The Blue Devils will travel down Tobacco Road to play in the Tar Heel Invitational from Oct. 12-14 in Chapel Hill, N.C., before heading to Wilmington, N.C., for the Landfall Tradition from Oct. 26-28.
“Even though we’re staying in the southeast this fall, we’re playing against some really good fields,” commented Brooks. “The SEC has become a very strong and deep golf conference and all our events include a bunch of those teams. Also, the preview for the NCAA Championship will be at the University of Georgia in early October and the best of the best will be there.”
In the spring, the Blue Devils will be heading west for the Northrop Grumman Challenge from Feb. 11-13 in Palos Verdes, Calif. Next on the slate will be the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate in New Orleans, La., from Feb. 24-26, where Duke will look to defend its team title from a year ago.
Duke will return to its home state for the Bryan National Collegiate from March 29-31 in Greensboro, N.C., before closing the regular season on April 12-14 at the PING ASU Women’s Invitational in Tempe, Ariz.
The Blue Devils will kick off postseason action at the ACC Championship from April 19-21. Duke is coming off notching its 17th ACC title in school history in 2012 and the tournament will return to the Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C.
The NCAA regionals will take place from May 9-11 at Auburn, Oklahoma and Stanford, while the NCAA Championship will be held in Athens, Ga., from May 21-24.
Including in the six returning letterwinners, include the reigning PING NGCA and Golfweek National Player of the Year, Lindy Duncan. Other returners include two-time All-ACC selection Laetitia Beck, Courtney Ellenbogen, Stacey Kim, Alejandra Cangrejo and Irene Jung. The Blue Devils welcome one of the top amateur golfers in the nation with the addition of Celine Boutier, who won the European Ladies Amateur title over the summer as well as Ashley Xiao.
The Blue Devils look to improve upon a successful 2012 campaign, in which they won the ACC Championship, finished tied sixth at regionals and placed 15th at the NCAA Championship.
Duncan, who is a product of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is coming off one of the best individual seasons in Duke history in 2011-12. She posted a 71.07 stroke average, four victories, 10 top 10 finishes and 10 rounds in the 60s. Duncan was named the Golfweek and NGCA National Player of the Year, Golfstat Cup winner and was a consensus first team All-America. For the third straight year, she was named the ACC Player of the Year.
“I’m very excited about the season,” said Brooks. “We had our first practice last week and I really liked the level of focus. We have a little more depth than we’ve had the last couple years and it appears the passion level is high. I’m looking forward to getting things started this week in Charleston.”