Lindy Duncan has been named the ACC Women’s Golf Scholar-Athlete of the Year, which was announced on Friday by ACC commissioner John Swofford. Duke had five student-athletes named to the All-ACC Academic Team to lead the league once again.DURHAM, N.C. – For the second straight year, Duke senior
Earning All-ACC Academic Team accolades for the Blue Devils were Celine Boutier, Alejandra Cangrejo, Duncan, Courtney Ellenbogen and Ashley Xiao. N.C. State was second with four selections, while Florida State, Maryland, Miami, North Carolina and Wake Forest each placed two honorees on the team. Boston College and Virginia each had one selection.
Duncan, who is a psychology major, earned her fourth straight All-ACC Academic Team honor, after closing her outstanding career at the NCAA Championship with a second place finish. A product of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Duncan went birdie, birdie and eagle over her final three holes of the championship to secure the second place finish. She notched a 71.86 stroke average, which was the seventh-best in school history, while totaling six top five, seven top 10 and nine top 20 finishes this season. Duncan led Duke with 17 rounds of even or under par.
Over her career, Duncan made her mark in the Duke record book ranking second in top five finishes (21), second in top 10 finishes (32), tied for fifth in wins (6), second in top 20 finishes (39), second in even or under par rounds (72), third as Duke’s top scorer in a tournament (27) tied for sixth in rounds played (126) and second in rounds in the 60s (23).
Boutier played her best golf on the biggest stage as she carded a tied for fourth place finish at the NCAA Championship with rounds of 69, 73, 71 and 74 for a total of one-under-par, 287. A native of Montrouge, France, Boutier registered a 73.45 stroke average, two top five, four top 10 and five top 20 finishes on the year. Her 73.45 stroke average is the sixth best in school history by a Blue Devil rookie. Boutier was the 2013 ACC Rookie of the Year.
Cangrejo, who is out of Bogota, Colombia, secured a career-best 73.86 stroke average on the season, while totaling two top five and four top 20 finishes on the season. She had her best finish of the year at the NCAA Central Regional with rounds of 72, 69 and 70 as she placed tied for second with a career-best five-under-par, 211. Cangrejo, who is a psychology major, also turned in a tied for third place finish at the ACC Championship. She earned her third All-ACC Academic Team award.
Receiving her third All-ACC Academic Team honor, Ellenbogen closed her career in 2012-13 with a tied for eighth place finish at the NCAA Central Regional and a tied for 50th placement in the NCAA Championship. Ellenbogen, a product of Blacksburg, Va., carded a career-best five-under-par, 67, in the final round of the regional to help guide the Blue Devils to the regional title.
A native of Guangzhou, Guangdong, South China, Xiao saw action in four tournaments as a rookie for Duke. Xiao totaled a 74.92 stroke average and opened her career with a tied for 10th place finish at the Cougar Classic with rounds of 72, 74 and 68 for a total of 214.
The ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year award was established in September 2007 to be awarded annually to the top junior or senior student-athlete in their respective sports. Candidates for the award must have maintained a 3.0 grade point average for their career as well as a 3.0 for each of the last two semesters.
To be eligible for consideration for the All-ACC Academic team, a student-athlete, regardless of classification, must have earned a 3.00 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.00 cumulative average during her academic career.