DURHAM, N.C. – As the Blue Devil women’s golf team prepares to open the 2013-14 campaign next week, Golfweek released its preseason national rankings with Duke earning a No. 4 ledger as the Blue Devils return five letterwinners off their runner-up squad from a year ago.
Southern California was selected the No. 1 team in the nation, followed by Alabama, UCLA, Duke, Oklahoma, Stanford, Oklahoma State, Arizona State, Arizona, Arkansas, North Carolina, Vanderbilt, Washington, Florida and Pepperdine in the top 15.
Brooks has brought in three very talented freshmen for the 2013-14 campaign with the addition of Yu Liu out of China, Esther Lee from Los Alamitos, Calif., and San Diego, Calif., native Sandy Cho. All three are expected to come in and challenge for a starting position with the Blue Devils.
Duke will have to replace one of the all-time greatest golfers in Blue Devil history with the graduation of Lindy Duncan. Duncan was a four-time All-ACC and All-America selection, three-time ACC Player of the Year, two-time ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year and 2012 National Player of the Year.
The Blue Devils will open the 2013-14 campaign Sept. 9-11 at the Dale McNamara Fall Preview in Tulsa, Okla.