2013 NCAA Championship May 21-24, 2013 Athens, Ga. • University of Georgia Golf Course 72-Hole Medal Play • 18 Holes Each Day
BLUE DEVILS SET TO OPEN NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP Coming off claiming its eighth regional title in school history, the third-ranked Duke women’s golf team will travel to Athens, Ga., to compete in the NCAA Championship May 21-24 at the 6,372-Yard, Par 72 University of Georgia Golf Course. Participating in the championship will be-- Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Michigan State, Northwestern, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oregon, San Jose State, South Carolina, Southern California, Stanford, Texas, Tulane, UC Davis, UCLA, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin. Individuals participating are Kelly Shon (Princeton), Erica Popson (Tennessee), Olafia Kristinsdottir (Wake Forest), Ying Luo (Washington), Emilie Burger (Georgia), Jennifer Ha (Kent State). Duke, which earned No. 1 seed after winning the Central Regional, will tee off on Tuesday, May 21 at 12:03 p.m., in the first round off No. 1 and will return on Wednesday, May 22 at 7:30 a.m., in the second round. Tee times for Thursday and Friday will be determined by standings. The championship will be a four-day, 72-hole tournament with 18 holes played each day. Fans can follow the action live on the web at www.GoDuke.com.
TRENDS • In the last 11 appearances at the NCAA Championship, Duke has placed in the top 10 in 10 of those. The only exception was last year’s 15th place ledger. • Duke has played in NCAA action once before on the University of Georgia Golf Course as the Blue Devils placed second at the East Regional in 2008 with rounds of 285, 303 and 296. • Duke has won the NCAA Championship on two occasions following winning the regional title (2002 and 2007). • The Blue Devils feature four out of the top six stroke averages in the ACC this season -- Lindy Duncan (1st, 72.00), Laetitia Beck (3rd, 73.15), Celine Boutier (6th, 73.70) and Alejandra Cangrejo (5th, 73.50). • ACC Rookie of the Year Celine Boutier currently owns the eighth-best stroke average by a Duke freshman in school history. It is also the highest by any freshman in the ACC. • Duke enters championship play with two first place (ACC Championship, Central Regional) and second place (PING/ASU Invitational) in the last three tournaments. With a complete lineup, the Blue Devils have finished no lower than fourth place over the final seven tournaments. • Duke owns eight NCAA Regional titles in school history -- 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007 and 2013. The Blue Devils have registered five NCAA Championships -- 1999, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007. • The Blue Devils are listed third in the Golf World/NGCA Coaches Poll and are third in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index. In the Golfweek individual rankings, senior Lindy Duncan is No. 5, junior Laetitia Beck is 23rd, freshman Celine Boutier is 39th and junior Alejandra Cangrejo is 40th.
DUKE CLAIMS CENTRAL REGION TITLE For the eighth time in school history and the first time since the 2007 campaign, Duke claimed a NCAA Regional Championship as the top-seeded Blue Devils carded a final round 12-under-par, 276, to win the Central Regional by six strokes at the 6,298-Yard, Par 72 Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club in Norman, Okla. Duke registered a 54-hole total of 851 with rounds of 284, 291 and 276 to overtake host Oklahoma (857). The Sooners held a six-stroke lead heading into the final round, but Oklahoma shot even-par (288) to Duke’s 12-under-par (276) on the final day. The Blue Devils carded a season-best three-day total of 851, which was the second-lowest regional output in school history. The 12-under-par, 276, was the second-lowest 18-hole total in school history on a par 72 course. Duke got off to a great start in the final round with five birdies over the first three holes to move into the lead. The Blue Devils and Sooners traded the lead for the next few holes, but by the back nine Duke took control of the leaderboard and never looked back. Duke registered 20 birdies on the day led by senior Courtney Ellenbogen with a season-high six, Alejandra Cangrejo with five and Laetitia Beck with five. The Blue Devils finished the 54 holes with three golfers in the top 10 – Cangrejo (T-2nd), Lindy Duncan (5th) and Ellenbogen (T8th). Duke received key final round outputs from Ellenbogen with a career-best five-under-par, 67, and Beck with a four-under-par, 68.
NCAA WEBCAST THURSDAY AND FRIDAY Play will be webcast daily during the 2013 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championships on NCAA.com from Thursday, May 23 and Friday, May 24, 2013. Holes 17 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. There will also be limited coverage of hole No. 9.
BLUE DEVILS IN THE NCAA’S Duke is making the program’s 25th trip to the NCAA Championship, including its 15th out of the last 16 years. The Blue Devils snapped a streak of 13-straight in 2011 by finishing ninth at the NCAA Central Regional. Of the previous 24 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 four golfers in the lineup with NCAA Championship experience -- senior Lindy Duncan, senior Courtney Ellenbogen, junior Laetitia Beck and junior Alejandra Cangrejo. Duncan placed tied for 43rd as a freshman, was tied for eighth in 2011 as an individual and tied for sixth last year. 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. She also finished tied for 91st last year. Beck tied for 117th last year, while Cangrejo tiedf or 51st. 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.
FALL PREVIEW RECAP Earlier this season, Duke competed in the NCAA Fall Preview at the University of Georgia Golf Course and finished tied for sixth with rounds of 302, 295 and 291 for a total of 888. North Carolina (876) won the tournament, while Alabama (880), Auburn (883), Southern California (883), Georgia (887), Oklahoma (888), Duke (888), Texas A&M (893), UCLA (893) and Denver (895) rounding out the top 10. Lindy Duncan finished tied for fifth (216), while Celine Boutier (224) and Laetitia Beck were tied for 34th. Yi Xiao (230) and Stacey Kim (232) were tied for 61st and tied for 73rd, respectively. Duke has won the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic in 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2010 on the same course. Duncan claimed the individual title in 2010 with rounds of 70, 72 and 71.
BROOKS COACHING TREE AT NATIONALS Head coach Dan Brooks will have two former Duke assistant coaches on the course in Georgia for the championship -- Emily Bastel (Florida head coach). Bastel was an assistant coach with the Blue Devils in 2009-10. Kalen Anderson (South Carolina head coach) - Anderson played golf at Duke from 1998-2001 and was an assistant coach under Brooks from 2006-07.
DUNCAN IN FINAL POSTSEASON OF COLLEGIATE CAREER Senior Lindy Duncan is closing out one of the best collegiate careers in Duke and Division I history. Over the last four seasons, Duncan has compiled a 72.14 stroke average, six victories, 20 top five finishes, 31 top 10 placements, 38 top 20 finishes, 68 even or under par rounds and notched 23 rounds in the 60s. She has been Duke’s top scorer in 26 of her 42 tournaments since arriving in Durham.
PAIR OF JUNIORS HAVING CAREER SEASONS Duke juniors Laetitia Beck and Alejandra Cangrejo are each turning in the best individual season they have had since arriving at Duke. Beck, who is ranked No. 23 in the nation, enters the NCAA Championship placing in the top 10 in four out of the last five events. She is coming off finishing tied for 26th at the NCAA Central Regional, which included a final round four-under-par, 68. Still looking for her first collegiate victory, Beck owns a career-best 73.15 stroke average and seven top 20 finishes. She had a career-best second place finish at the ACC Championship two tournaments ago. Ranked 40th nationally, Cangrejo also owns a career-best stroke average on the season with a 73.50 ledger. She owns four top 20 finishes and is coming off a tied for third placement at the ACC Championship and tied for second finish at the Central Regional. For the first time in her career, Cangrejo registered three straight rounds of even or under par at the regional.
ACC CHAMPIONS For the second straight year and the 18th time in school history, Duke captured the ACC Championship as the Blue Devils turned in a 54-hole total of 882 to win by 24 strokes at the 6,210-yard, Par 71 Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C. Duke posted rounds of 293, 292 and 297 for a 30-over-par ledger, dealing with high winds and very challenging Bermuda greens. N.C. State (906), Virginia (909), Florida State (919), North Carolina (924), Miami (924), Wake Forest (925), Maryland (944) and Boston College (946) closed out the field. Brooks posted his 17th ACC Championship over his 29 seasons as Duke, including the Blue Devils’ first victory of the 2012-13 campaign. Dan Brooks now owns 113 career wins to increase his NCAA-best victory total. As a team, Duke featured four out of the top six on the final leaderboard – Laetitia Beck (2nd), Alejandra Cangrejo (T3rd), Lindy Duncan (T3rd) and Celine Boutier (T6th). Virginia’s Brittany Altomare claimed the first ACC Individual title for the Cavaliers with a three-day total of 217.
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 114 career tournament wins over his 29 seasons. He has guided Duke to at least one victory in 28 of his 29 years.
ACC HONORS The ACC released its 2013 All-ACC Women’s Golf team on May 6 with four Blue Devils selected, while Duke head coach Dan Brooks was named ACC Coach of the Year and freshman Celine Boutier earned Rookie of the Year by a vote of the league’s nine head coaches. The four members on the All-ACC squad led all teams as Boutier, senior Lindy Duncan, junior Laetitia Beck and junior Alejandra Cangrejo were voted to the 12-member team. It marks the 14th straight year the Blue Devils have registered two or more golfers on the All-ACC team. Brooks received ACC Coach of the Year honors for the second straight year and the 13th time with the Blue Devils. He guided Duke to the 2013 ACC Championship with a 24-stroke victory over N.C. State last month. Brooks has posted 17 overall ACC titles and five NCAA Championships since arriving in Durham, N.C., in 1984. For the 14th time in league history, a Duke golfer has been selected the ACC Rookie of the Year. Boutier, who is out of Montrouge, France, owns the lowest freshman stroke average in the ACC with a 73.70 ledger and ranks No. 39 nationally in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index. She owns one top five, three top 10 and four top 20 finishes on the season and is coming off a sixth place finish at the ACC Championship. A native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Duncan earned the All-ACC award for the fourth straight year, after collecting an ACC-best 72.00 stroke average on the season. She is currently ranked No. 5 nationally in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index as she has notched five top five, six top 10 and eight top 20 finishes. Duncan owns 13 rounds of even or under par and her 72.00 stroke average ranks as the seventh-best in school history. With Duncan earning four All-ACC selections over her career, she joined the likes of Amanda Blumenherst, Jenny Chuasiriporn, Anna Grzebien, Candy Hannemann, Leigh Anne Hardin, Jennie Lee, Virada Nirapathpongporn, Jennifer Pandolfi and Liz Janangelo as the only four-time All-ACC selections in Blue Devil history. Only six other ACC golfers have been four-time All-ACC selections -- Brittany Altomare (UVA), Catherine O’Donnell (UNC), Calle Nielson (UVA), Leah Wigger (UVA), Caroline Westrup (FSU) and Stephanie Neill (WF). Beck, who is out of Caesarea, Israel, was voted All-ACC for the third straight year. She is having her best season since arriving at Duke tallying 73.15 stroke average, one top five finish, four top 10 and seven top 20 placements. Beck is ranked 23rd nationally and her 73.15 stroke average is the third best in the league. With a career-best 73.50 stroke average, Cangrejo was named All-ACC for the first time since arriving at Duke three years ago. A product of Bogota, Colombia, she has totaled two top five and four top 20 finishes on the year. Cangrejo finished tied for third at the ACC Championship and her 73.50 stroke average ranks fifth in the league.
THE HEAD COACH Dan Brooks is in his 29th season as the head coach of the Blue Devils. The 1981 graduate of Oregon State has led Duke to 21 straight NCAA Regional selections and to the NCAA Championships 18 of the last 20 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 27 times (looking for the 28th 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 29 years, his teams have won 114 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, 2012 and 2013 ACC Coach of the Year for his efforts and 1999, 2001, 2002, 2005 and 2007 National Coach of the Year. Duke has collected 18 ACC Championships during Brooks’ term with the program.
FIVE-TIME NATIONAL CHAMPIONS The Duke women’s golf team will begin its quest for its sixth NCAA Championship this week in Athens, Ga. 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.