2012 NCAA Championship
May 22-25, 2012
Franklin, Tenn. • Vanderbilt Legends Club
72-Hole Medal Play • 18 Holes Each Day
DUKE HEADS TO NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP
The fifth-ranked Duke women’s golf team will travel to Franklin, Tenn., to compete in the 2012 NCAA Championship on May 22-25 at the 6,377-yard, par 72 Vanderbilt Legends Golf Club, which will be hosted by Vanderbilt.
Participating in the championship will be-- Alabama, Arizona State, Arkansas, Baylor, Colorado, Duke, Florida, LSU, Michigan State, North Carolina, N.C. State, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Pepperdine, Purdue, South Carolina, Southern California, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, UCLA, Vanderbilt and Virginia. The following individuals will also be competing -- Kelsey Vines (Okla. State), Margarita Ramso (Arizona), Maria Salinas (Florida State), Rocio Sanchez Lobato (Georgia), Kimberly Kaufman (Texas Tech), Gabriella Dominguez (Texas Tech).
Duke will tee off on Tuesday, May 22 at 7:33 a.m. in the first round off No. 10 and an 11:50 a.m. time (off No. 1) on Wednesday, May 23 in the second round. Tee times for Thursday and Friday will be determined by placement. Fans can follow the action live on the web at www.GoDuke.com.
The championship will be a four-day, 72-hole tournament with 18 holes played each day.
• In the last 10 appearances at the NCAA Championship, Duke has placed in the top 10..
• Lindy Duncan has notched nine rounds of even or under par out of her last 10. Over that stretch, she has posted a 70.50 stroke average.
• Over the last three tournaments, the Blue Devils have averaged a 293.78 stroke average in those nine rounds.
• Courtney Ellenbogen tied a season-best with a 54-hole total of 222 at the NCAA East Regional. After posting only one round of even par all season, she came up huge with an even-par, 72, in the second round. She hit a season-best 14 fairways in the final round.
• Lindy Duncan’s 69.22 third round scoring average is the best by any Blue Devil in school history. The next is Amanda Blumenherst’s 70.55 average in 2005-06.
• Stacey Kim owns three straight top 20 finishes for the first time this season and the first time in her career. Heading into regional action, she has notched three rounds of even or under par and she posted two at Penn State. Over her last 15 rounds, Kim has posted a 74.33 stroke average.
• Sophomore Laetitia Beck posted a two-under-par ledger over her first nine holes at the NCAA East Regional, but was 14-over-par on her final nine.
• The Blue Devils are listed fifth in the Golf World/NGCA Coaches Poll and are eighth in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index. In the Golfweek individual rankings, sophomore Lindy Duncan is No. 1 and freshman Laetitia Beck is 59th.
BROOKS TO TRAVEL WITH SIX GOLFERS
Head coach Dan Brooks will travel with six golfers to the NCAA Championship due to Alejandra Cangrejo getting injured at the NCAA East Regional. Brooks will start Lindy Duncan, Stacey Kim, Laetitia Beck and Courtney Ellenbogen. The fifth spot will go to either Cangrejo or freshman Irene Jung. He will make the decision following the second practice round at the NCAA Championship.
NCAA WEBCAST THURSDAY AND FRIDAY
Play will be webcast daily during the 2012 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championships on NCAA.com from Thursday, May 24 and Friday, May 25, 2012. Holes nine and 18 will be streamed live the final two days of the championships in addition to a 30 minute recap that will be provided once play has concluded at the end of each day of competition.
BLUE DEVILS IN THE NCAA’S
Duke is making the program’s 24th trip to the NCAA Championship, including its 14th out of the last 15 years. The Blue Devils snapped a streak of 13-straight last season by finishing nine at the NCAA Central Regional. Of the previous 23 NCAA Championship appearances for the Blue Devils, Duke has finished in the top-10 on 17 different occasions. The Blue Devils won the championship in 1999, 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2007 and have registered top-five finishes in 1988 (5th), 1994 (4th), 1998 (4th), 2001 (2nd), 2004 (3rd), 2008 (3rd).
The Blue Devils boast three golfers in the lineup with NCAA Championship experience -- junior Lindy Duncan, junior Courtney Ellenbogen and junior Stacey Kim. Duncan placed tied for 43rd as a freshman and then was tied for eighth last year as an individual. Ellenbogen was Duke’s top finisher as a freshman in 2009 with rounds of 74, 73, 69 and 74 for a total of 290, which was tied for 18th. As a freshman, Kim tied for 110th with rounds of 79, 79, 79 and 73 for a total of 310.
Duke has registered the NCAA Individual Champion three overall times -- Candy Hannemann won in 2001, Virada Nirapathpongporn won in 2002 and Anna Grzebien in 2005. The Blue Devils became only the third squad in NCAA history to post the individual champion in two straight years in 2001 and 2002.
HOW WE GOT TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP
The Blue Devils had a standout finish at the NCAA East Regional as Duke was forced to play with only four golfers due to an injury on hole No. 12 in round one to Alejandra Cangrejo. After being tied for 11th after round one, Duke jumped to fifth with a round of 292. The Blue Devils posted a round of 293 on the final day to tie for sixth and advance through to the NCAA Championship. Stacey Kim came through big time with back-to-back rounds of 72, while junior Courtney Ellenbogen tied a season-best with a 72 in the second round and totaled a 74 on the final day. Both finished in the top 30, individually. Lindy Duncan was solid as always with rounds of 72 and 71 the final two days. Laetitia Beck carded a 77 in the second round and finished well on Saturday to post a 75.
Duke had never been faced with only four golfers at regionals and trying to advance to nationals.
DUKE GOLFER UPDATES Lindy Duncan is having one of the best single seasons in Duke history with four victories and nine top 10 finishes out of nine tournaments. Her 70.85 stroke average would be the best in Blue Devil history if the season concluded today. Duncan is the top-ranked golfer in the nation and is the leading candidate for National Player of the Year. She was named the ACC Player of the Year for the third straight year as well as All-ACC. Duncan has also been selected the Golfweek Player of the Week three times. Laetitia Beck is one of only two Duke golfers to see action in all 10 tournaments, while producing a 74.48 stroke average, which ranks second on the team. She has notched three top 10 and five top 20 finishes on the season. Beck has three top 20 finishes in six tournaments this spring, including a ninth place placement at the ACC Championship and tied for ninth at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate. She is a two-time All-ACC selection. Stacey Kim is playing the best golf of her collegiate career with three straight top 20 finishes for the first time in her three years at Duke. Out of six tournaments this spring, Kim has four top 20 finishes. Kim has posted a 75.33 stroke average on the season with one top 10 and four top 20 finishes. She has a 74.33 stroke average over the last 15 rounds. Courtney Ellenbogen is coming off matching a season-best 54-hole total of 222 with rounds of 76, 72 and 74, which was tied fro 29th. This will mark the fifth straight tournament Ellenbogen has competed with the Blue Devils this spring. She owns a 77.04 stroke average on the season, but owns a 75.93 stroke average in the spring. Ellenbogen owns one top 20 finish this season, which came at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate. Alejandra Cangrejo was playing her best golf of the season before being injured at the NCAA East Regional. She had turned in two straight top 20 placements and posted a 73.89 stroke average over the last three tournaments. Cangrejo will see how her elbow feels during the practice rounds and will make a decision about nationals prior to the start. On the season, she owns a 75.26 stroke average, two top five finishes and three top 20 placements. She was tied for second at the ACC Championship. Irene Jung has not competed as a counting member of the Blue Devil squad since she finished tied for 69th at the Northrup Grumman Regional Challenge. She played as an individual in the final three tournaments of the regular season. On the year, Jung has posted a 79.81 stroke average. Her best finish of the season was at the Mason Rudolph Collegiate Championship where she was tied for 57th with rounds of 77, 73 and 80 for a total of 230.
CANGREJO INJURED AT REGIONALS
After posting 11 straight pars to open the NCAA East Regional, Alejandra Cangrejo injured her right elbow hitting out of the rough on hole No. 12 at Penn State. She was forced to withdraw and couldn’t play the rest of the regional. Cangrejo will travel to nationals and see how her elbow feels. Dan Brooks will make a decision on her status following the practice rounds.
Prior to regional action, Cangrejo was coming off posting a tied for second place finish at the ACC Championship and back-to-back top 20 finishes for only the third time in her career. She has three rounds of even or under par over her last six.
BROOKS COACHING TREE AT NATIONALS
Head coach Dan Brooks will have three former Duke assistant coaches on the course at Vanderbilt for the NCAA Championship -- Jan Dowling (Florida head coach), Kalen Anderson (South Carolina head coach) and Emily Bastel (Florida assistant coach).
Dowling was an assistant at Duke in 2008-09, while Bastel was an assistant coach with the Blue Devils in 2009-10. Anderson played golf at Duke from 1998-2001 and was an assistant coach under Brooks from 2006-07.
DUNCAN REMAINS NO. 1 NATIONALLY
With her 70.85 stroke average and four victories, junior Lindy Duncan remains the top-ranked golfer in the nation heading into the NCAA Championship. She is having one of the best seasons in Duke history as her 70.85 stroke average would be a new school record if the season ended today.
Duncan also leads the Golfstat Cup rankings with a 70.85 average, while Arkansas’ Emily Tubert is second and +0.786 behind the Duke standout. Only three Blue Devils have won the Golfstat Cup -- Amanda Blumenherst (2007-08, 2006-07 and 2005-06), Liz Janangelo (2003-04) and Jenny Chuasiriporn (1997-98).
DUKE NETS TWO VICTORIES
After not winning a tournament in 2010-11, the Blue Devils snapped a 21-tournament winless streak on Feb. 28 at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate winning by three strokes over Colorado. In the spring, Duke has notched two victories and one tied for first place finish before falling in a playoff at the Bryan National Collegiate.
Duke claimed its 17th ACC Championship and 16th under head coach Dan Brooks in April. It snapped a three-year streak without winning the ACCs.
BLUE DEVILS SPORT ZERO SENIORS ON ROSTER
Duke enters NCAA Championship action with no seniors on the roster and sporting a lineup of three juniors and two sophomores.
IN THE GOLFSTAT STATISTICS Lindy Duncan currently ranks first in scoring average (70.85), first in par four scoring (3.99), first in par five scoring (4.68), tied third in eagles (4), tied for seventh in birdies (93), first in putts (28.79) and second in putts on green (1.813)
As a team, Duke is tied for fifth in eagles (7), first in average putts (30.12) and fourth in putts on green (1.880).
IN THE DUKE RECORD BOOK
Junior Lindy Duncan is moving up the record charts at Duke. Here is how she ranks heading to the NCAA Championships -- tied for fifth in wins (6), tied for seventh in top five finishes (15), tied for fifth in top 10 finishes (24), tied for eighth in top 20 finishes (29), fourth in even or under par rounds (53), tied for second in rounds in the 60s (21).
In the season record book, Duncan is first in stroke average (70.85), tied for fourth in even or under par rounds (19), tied for third in wins (four) and first in best third round scoring average (69.22).
A LOOK BACK AT THE NCAA FALL PREVIEW
In the fall, Duke placed seventh at the NCAA Fall Preview with rounds of 304, 286 and 297 for a total of 887. Lindy Duncan won individual honors with rounds of 75, 69 and 68 for a four-under-par, 212. The Blue Devils fielded a lineup of Duncan, Laetitia Beck, Stacey Kim, Alejandra Cangrejo and Irene Jung.
Duke was in fifth after round two, after posting a two-under-par, 286, but posted a 297 in the final round to finish seventh. UCLA won the title by six strokes over Alabama.
The Blue Devils generally travel to the Vanderbilt Legends Club to play in the Mason Rudolph Collegiate Championship in the fall. Duke won three straight team titles in 2004-05, 2005-06 and 2006-07.
DUNCAN TO PLAY IN THE CURTIS CUP
Following the NCAAs in May, Duke’s Lindy Duncan will represent the United States in the 2012 Curtis Cup Match, to be held June 8-10 at The Nairn Golf Club in Scotland. Duncan is the 12th different Blue Devil to be selected to represent the U.S. in the Curtis Cup.
The Curtis Cup Match is a biennial international women’s amateur golf competition between eight-player teams from the United States of America and Great Britain and Ireland. The USA won the 2010 Match at Essex County Club in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass., 12.5-7.5. Away from college, Duncan has been very successful as she was a semifinalist in the 2006 U.S. Women’s Amateur at the age of 15. She also finished as second-lowest amateur at the 2011 Women’s Open. The Curtis Cup Match consists of six foursomes (alternate-shot) matches, six four-ball matches and eight singles
ALL-TIME WINNINGEST COACH
Blue Devil Head Coach Dan Brooks became the all-time winningest women’s golf coach in NCAA Division I history in the fall of 2005 as he won his 92nd career tournament title at the Stanford Pepsi Intercollegiate on Oct. 23, 2005. Brooks passed Mark Gale of San Jose State that won 91 career tournaments from 1978-96.
Brooks now has 112 career tournament wins over his 28 seasons.
The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) released its 2012 All-ACC Women’s Golf team on April 30 with Duke junior Lindy Duncan capturing ACC Player of the Year accolades, while head coach Dan Brooks was selected the ACC Coach of the Year for the 12th time by a vote of the league’s nine head coaches.
Blue Devil sophomore Laetitia Beck was also selected to the 12-member All-ACC team for the second straight year.
Duncan became just the third ACC golfer in league history to win the ACC Player of the Year award on at least three occasions -- Jenny Chuasiriporn (1997, 1998, 1999) and Amanda Blumenherst (2006-09) -- both former Duke golfers. A Blue Devil golfer has been named ACC Player of the Year 15 times over the last 16 years.
Both Duncan and Beck were also named to the All-ACC squad. It marks the 13th straight year the Blue Devils have registered two or more golfers on the All-ACC team. Duncan has now been named to the All-ACC squad each of her three years with the Blue Devils.
Brooks received the ACC Coach of the Year award for the first time since 2007, after leading the Blue Devils to two victories this season, including Duke’s first ACC Championship since 2008. The Blue Devils also won the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate and tied for first at the Bryan National Collegiate before falling in a playoff. He owns 112 career victories over his 28 years at Duke, which is a NCAA Division I record.
Overall, Brooks has led the Blue Devils to 16 ACC titles.
THE HEAD COACH Dan Brooks is in his 28th season as the head coach of the Blue Devils. The 1981 graduate of Oregon State has led Duke to 20 straight NCAA Regional selections and to the NCAA Championships 17 of the last 19 years. Brooks owns the school’s five National Championships in 1999, 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2007.
Brooks’ teams have finished with a top-20 ranking 25 times (looking for the 26th this season), while 16 of his squads have earned a top-10 finish in a NCAA Tournament-- 1987 (T7th), 1988 (5th), 1994 (4th), 1996 (7th), 1998 (4th), 1999 (1st), 2001 (2nd), 2002 (1st), 2003 (10th), 2004 (3rd), 2005 (1st), 2006 (1st), 2007 (1st), 2008 (3rd), 2009 (6th) and 2010 (T8th).
In 28 years, his teams have won 112 tournaments, which is a NCAA record for women’s golf. He was named the 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007 and 2012 ACC Coach of the Year for his efforts and 1999, 2001, 2002, 2005 and 2007 National Coach of the Year. Duke has collected 16 ACC Championships during Brooks’ term with the program.
FIVE-TIME NATIONAL CHAMPIONS
The top-ranked Duke women’s golf team will begin its quest for its sixth NCAA Championship this week in Franklin, Tenn. The Blue Devils won their first title in 1999, a second in 2002, third in 2005, fourth in 2006 and fifth in 2007. Duke became only the second team along with Arizona State to win three straight national titles (1995-97).
Virada Nirapathpongporn (2002), Candy Hannemann (2003) and Anna Grzebien (2005) each have won individual titles.