DURHAM, N.C. – Three former members of the Duke women’s golf team are preparing for the start of the 2013 Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) season at the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open. Brittany Lang, Amanda Blumenherst and Jennie Lee will tee off at the Royal Canberra Golf Club in Yarralumla, Australia on Feb. 14-17.
The tournament will mark the season opener for the LPGA Tour for the second consecutive year and the field will play for a purse of $1.2 million. Royal Canberra Golf Club is a par-73 layout, stretching to a length of 6,679 yards. Jessica Korda will defend her title that she won last year at Royal Melbourn Golf Club.
Lang, the 2005 ACC Player of the Year and two-time All-America, will begin her eighth season on the LPGA Tour. She earned her first win on the pro circuit last summer, capturing the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic in June. For her career, Lang has finished in the top-10 on 36 occasions. A native of McKinney, Texas, Lang finished in the top-10 in a number of categories last year, including making a total of $525,263 to rank 24th on the money list. She recorded five eagles last year, to rank fifth on the tour.
Entering her third season on the LPGA Tour, Blumenherst, a 2009 alum, boasts six career top-10 finishes, including a fifth place finish in the 2012 HSBC LPGA Brasil Cup and in the 2012 Honda LPGA Thailand. Blumenherst finished in the top-50 last season in sand saves, at a 45-percent clip. Last year at the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open, Blumenherst finished the event t-61st and fired an even-par 73 in the third round of play. A native of Scottsdale, Ariz., Blumenherst was a three-time National Player of the Year for the Blue Devils.
Lee, a 2009 Duke graduate with a degree in sociology, will play her second season on the LPGA Tour. Last year, Lee recorded her first top-five finish on the tour with a t-5th placement at the Jamie Farr Toledo Classic. Lee finished the 2012 season in the top-60 in putting average at 30.08 putts per round. Lee finished 2012 72nd on the money list, earning $117,302. A product of Henderson, Nev., Lee was a two-time All-America and four-time All-ACC selection at Duke.