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Blue Devils Conclude Fall No. 3 in Golf World Poll
Friday 12/05/2013  -  Duke Sports Information
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DURHAM, N.C. – In the final Golf World/WGCA Division I College Women’s Coaches’ Poll of the fall season, Duke moved up to No. 3 following four top-four finishes to open the 2013-14 campaign. 

Southern California remained the No. 1 squad receiving 19 first place votes, while UCLA, Duke, Alabama, Washington, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Arizona State, Arkansas and Stanford rounded out the top 10.  Clemson, Arizona, Pepperdine, South Carolina, Vanderbilt, Florida, Oregon, N.C. State, Michigan State, Kentucky, Northwestern, Iowa State, LSU, North Carolina and Wake Forest closed the top 25.

In four tournaments this fall, Duke turned four top-four finishes, including a victory and a second place ledger.  At the Tar Heel Invitational, the Blue Devils carded rounds of 286, 282 and 289 to win by 11 strokes against a solid field, which featured four top 10 teams. 

Duke freshman Yu Liu competed in three tournaments this fall and collected a team-best 71.67 stroke average, along with three top-10 finishes.  Senior Laetitia Beck carded three top-10 finishes in four tournaments, while totaling a 71.75 stroke average to lead the way for the Blue Devils.

The win at the Tar Heel Invitational gave head coach Dan Brooks his 115th career victory with the Blue Devils. 

Duke will open the spring campaign Feb. 9-11 at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge in Palos Verdes, Calif.
 
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Golf World/WGCA coaches’ poll
Dec. 9, 2013 Issue
Division I
 
Rank    Team      Points         Last
1.      USC (19)        523     1      
2.      UCLA (2)        506     2      
3.      Duke     473     5      
4.      Alabama 427     6      
5.      Washington       411     11     
6.      Oklahoma         395     4      
7.      Oklahoma State   381     3      
8.      Arizona State    379     7      
9.      Arkansas         364     8      
10.     Stanford         356     10     
11.     Clemson  310     13     
12.     Arizona  290     9      
13.     Pepperdine       277     18     
14.     South Carolina   232     16     
15.     Vanderbilt       222     17     
16.     Florida  219     14     
17.     Oregon   160     NR     
18.     N.C. State       139     12     
19.     Michigan State   111     22     
20.     Kentucky         97      23     
21.     Northwestern     95      NR     
22.     Iowa State       85      20     
23.     LSU      83      NR     
24.     North Carolina   71      15     
25.     Wake Forest      41      NR     
 
Also receiving votes: California, 33; Tulane, 31; Virginia, 20; UCF, 19; College of Charleston, 16; San Diego State, 15; Texas Tech, 13; Auburn, 6; Ohio State, 6; Kent State, 5; Mississippi State, 5;
Wisconsin, 4; Baylor, 2; Purdue, 2; Georgia, 1.


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