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Whitaker Named ACC Golf Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Wednesday 06/29/2010  -  Duke Sports Information
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DURHAM, N.C. - Duke University senior Alison Whitaker was named the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Women’s Golf Scholar-Athlete of the Year on Tuesday as ACC Commissioner John Swofford released the 2010 All-ACC Academic Team.

Duke lead all ACC schools with four members of the All-ACC Academic Team as Whitaker, freshman Lindy Duncan, freshman Courtney Ellenbogen and freshman Stacey Kim all received honors.  Whitaker is the third straight Duke recipient of the Women’s Golf Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award.  Amanda Blumenherst won the award in 2008 and 2009.

To be eligible for consideration, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.00 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.00 cumulative average during her academic career.

A senior psychology major, Whitaker is a three-time ACC All-Academic and All-ACC team honoree.  She is a two-time ACC Honor Roll selection.  Whitaker, who is a native of Melbourne, Australia, closed her career with a 74.52 stroke average, which ranked second on the Duke squad. 

During the 2009-10 season, Whitaker posted two top five, four top 10 and six top 20 finishes.  She tallied nine rounds of even or under par to rank second on the Blue Devil team.  Whitaker turned in a season-best tied-for-second finish at the Arizona Wildcat Invitational with rounds of 69 and 72 for a total of 141.  She tied for eighth at the ACC Championship, tied for 19th at the NCAA Regionals and tied for 39th at the NCAA Championships.

Duncan, the ACC Player and Rookie of the Year in 2010, compiled a 72.76 stroke average as a rookie to go along with four top five, six top 10 and 10 top 20 finishes.  She earned NGCA First Team All-America, while registering her first collegiate win at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic as she tallied rounds of 70, 72 and 71 for a 54-hole total of 213, which was three-under-par.

A product of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Duncan tallied a stroke average that ranked as the third-best by a freshman in school history only behind Blumenherst (71.62) and Lang (71.67).  It also ranked as the eighth-best single season stroke average in Blue Devil history.  The 2009-10 ACC Player and Rookie of the Year led Duke with 18 rounds of even or under par and 96.0 percent of rounds counted.

Kim, who is from Columbus, Ga., totaled a 75.52 stroke average along with notching two top five and five top 20 finishes on the year.  She posted a tied for fourth finish at the ACC Championship. 

A native of Blacksburg, Va., Ellenbogen closed her rookie campaign with a team-best tied for 18th finish at the NCAA Championship.  On the season, she notched a 75.00 stroke average with one top five, two top 10 and five top 20 finishes. 

As a team, Duke turned in a tied for eighth finish at the NCAA Championship which marked the 10th straight year the Blue Devils have finished in the top 10 at nationals.

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2010 All-ACC Academic Women’s Golf Team

Name, Class, School            Major

#Kelsey Rockey, Jr., Boston College            Biology
%Eunice Yim, So., Boston College               Finance/CSOM
Lindy Duncan, Fr., Duke                             Undeclared
Courtney Ellenbogen, Fr., Duke                   Undeclared
Stacey Kim, Fr., Duke                                Undeclared
##Alison Whitaker, Sr., Duke                      Psychology
Lacey Agnew, Sr., Florida State                    Sport Management
#Macarena Silva, Jr., Florida State               Marketing
Hannah Thomson, So., Florida State            Sport Management
Christine Shimel, Fr., Maryland                    Spanish
Carly Hunt, Grad., Maryland                        Kinesiology
#Maria Ronderos, Jr., Miami                       Architectural Engineering
Courtney Gunter, Fr., North Carolina            Psychology
Sarah Thead, Jr., North Carolina                 History
%Kate Thomas, Sr., North Carolina             Management & Society/History
Brooke Baker, Jr., NC State                        Management
#Julie Saleeby, Jr., NC State                      Biological Sciences
Nicole Agnello, Fr., Virginia                         Kinesiology
Lauren Greenlief, So., Virginia                    Economics
###Whitney Neuhauser, Sr., Virginia           Foreign Affairs
Alexandra Bodemann, Jr., Wake Forest       Communications
Stephanie Kim, Fr., Wake Forest                Undeclared
Michelle Shin, Fr., Wake Forest                  Undeclared

###Repeat honoree (2007-09)
##Repeat honoree (2007-08)
#Repeat honoree (2008, 2009)
%Repeat honoree (2009)

ACC Women’s Golf Scholar-Athlete of the Year:  Alison Whitaker, Duke


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