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Blue Devil Golfers in the Pros Update
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 07/12/2018
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DURHAM, N.C. -- With another successful season of Duke University women’s golf wrapping up this past May, it was time for a set of Blue Devil golfers to join the professional ranks. Leona and Lisa Maguire debuted at the ShopRite LPGA Classic in June, making them the seventh and eighth Duke alumnae currently continuing their playing career after college. The twin duo joins former Blue Devil Alejandra Cangrejo on the Symetra Tour, with five other alumnae competing on the LPGA Tour this summer: Laetitia Beck, Celine Boutier, Lindy Duncan, Brittany Lang, and Yu Liu.

LPGA

Laetitia Beck
Duke (2011-14)
2012-13 & 2013-14 All-America

This year marks Beck’s fourth season in the LPGA. In 16 events in 2018, Beck has recorded 160 subpar holes, 19 rounds under par, and nine rounds in the 60’s. She has made the cut in 11 events, with her best result being a 10th place finish in the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic. By competing in the Women’s British Open this past April, Beck became the first Israeli golfer to partake in a major championship. Her scoring average of 71.82 ranks 75th and her 29.53 putting average is good for 42nd on the tour. At $93,269, she is 87th on the official money list.



Celine Boutier
Duke (2012-16)
2012-13 ACC Rookie of the Year
2013-14 National Player of the Year
2014-15 All-America

A rookie in 2017, Boutier embarks on the LPGA Tour fresh off an impressive showing in the Symetra Tour. In 2017, Boutier became the third member of the Symetra to exceed $100,00 in a single season and finished second in putts per greens in regulation (1.77). During this time, she collected two tournament victories while finishing in the top-10 on eight occasions.

Transitioning to the LPGA, Boutier has registered 147 subpar holes, 21 rounds under par, and 11 rounds in the 60’s across 15 events this year. Her 1.76 putts per GIR ranks 11th on the tour. In the Volunteers of America LPGA Texas Classic, Boutier pursed $19,098 en route to her top finish of the season (T12th). Most recently, she shot a career-best round of 63 (-9) on the third day of the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic. With a scoring average of 71.34, her $125,147 sits at 72nd on the official money list.


Lindy Duncan
Duke (2010-13)
2011-12 National Player of the year

Duncan enters her fifth LPGA season as one of the more accomplished former Blue Devils on the tour. Last season, she made the cut in 14 of 21 events, pursing $165,583 in the process. She finished in the top-10 on two separate occasions, shooting a round of 65 and coming in fourth in the Manulife LPGA Classic.

In 2018, her $404,649 is 28th on the money list. Through 16 events, Duncan has shot 202 subpar holes, 36 rounds under par, and 21 rounds in the 60’s. Her 199 birdies rank 16th and she resides in 27th on the Rolex Player of the Year leaderboard. Duncan already has three top-10 finishes this season, highlighted by a career-best second place result at the Volunteers of America LPGA Texas Classic.



Brittany Lang
2003-04 & 2004-05 All-America
2003-04 National Freshman of the Year

A 14-year LPGA veteran, 2018 has been a learning experience for Lang thus far. To this point, she is in 132nd place on the money list with $32,801. Competing in 16 events, Lang has accumulated 124 subpar holes, 14 rounds under par, and eight rounds in the 60’s. One bright spot has been her putting, as her 29.74 average ranks 67th on the tour. Her top finish this season came in May at the Kingsmill Championship, in which she placed T25th and shot rounds of 69, 68, and 71. Lang is coming off her best round of the season, in which she shot a 67 (-5) at the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic.

After experiencing a wealth of success in both 2016 and 2017, Lang will look to build off her success over Fourth of July weekend moving forward. In 2016, she won her first career major championship and had the highest earnings of any American player on the LPGA money list. That same year, she broke $6 million in career earnings. In 2017, Lang followed this act with six top-20 finishes and her fifth U.S. Solheim Cup Team appearance.


Yu Liu
Duke (2013-14)
2013-14 ACC Rookie of the Year
2013-14 Second Team All-America

Her first season on the LPGA Tour, Liu earned a promotion after finishing fifth on the Symetra money list in 2017. Down the stretch last season, Liu earned 10 top-15 finishes across the season’s final 11 events. She finished the campaign first in birdies with 239.

In her debut LPGA season, Liu has delivered 158 subpar holes, 24 rounds under par, and 15 rounds in the 60’s across 15 events. This early success is highlighted by six eagles, which is good for 10th best on the tour. Her average driving distance of 264.01 yards ranks 23rd and has helped to power her to fifth on the Rolex Rookie of the Year standings. Liu’s best performance of the season came in the Volunteers of America LPGA Texas Classic, as she shot rounds of 67 and 66 to finish third overall. Liu also recorded a 63 (-9) in the second round of the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic last weekend, her lowest ever as a professional.



SYMETRA TOUR

Alejandra Cangrejo
Duke (2011-14)
2012-13 Honorable Mention All-America

In her fourth season on the Symetra Tour, Cangrejo has competed in eight events thus far in 2018. With a 74.28 scoring average, she has tallied 44 subpar holes and three rounds under par. Cangrejo is tied for first in hole-in-ones after sinking one earlier in the season. Her 66.67% on sand saves is 15th-best on the tour, while her average driving distance of 266.11 yards ranks 34th. Cangrejo’s top result this season came when she tied for 50th at The Forsyth Classic in mid-June.

Leona Maguire
Duke (2014-18)
2014-15 National Freshman of the Year
2014-15 & 2016-17 National Player of the year
2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17, & 2017-18 All-America

After graduating from Duke this past spring, Leona Maguire embarked on her professional career on the Symetra Tour. To this point, Maguire has competed in two Symetra events, making one cut and tying for third in The Forsyth Classic. In this event, she shot 69, 68, and 69 across three solid rounds of golf. Maguire also recorded a hole-in-one in the event. During her first pro appearance in the Shoprite LPGA Classic, Maguire shot eight strokes under par and finished tied for fifteenth.




Lisa Maguire
Duke (2014-18)

Lisa Maguire made her professional debut alongside Leona in the ShopRite LPGA Classic this past June. In the opening two rounds of the tournament, Maguire registered 16 holes even or under par, including an eagle on the third hole of the second round. Although she ultimately missed the cut for the event, Maguire will look to build on her first career effort in the coming weeks.


Sandy Choi
Duke 2013-17
2015-16 Honorable Mention All-America

A rookie in 2018, Choi has participated in 10 events thus far as a professional. To this juncture, she has produced 50 subpar holes, five rounds under par, and one round in the 60’s. While making her pro debut at the Florida’s Natural Charity Classic in March, Choi shot rounds of 75, 74, and 73 en route to a tied for 46th finish. In late May, her best individual round came on the second day of the Valley Forge Invitational, in which she shot a 69 (-2). Overall, Choi has been putting and driving quite well, as evidenced by a 29.91 putting average and 87.21% driving accuracy that rank 18th and fourth on the tour, respectively.


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