The format of the championship will feature 18 holes each day with tee times beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Thursday’s first round features Boston College and Maryland teeing off from 8:00 through 8:40 a.m.; Notre Dame, NC State and Miami from 8:50 through 9:30 a.m.; Florida State, Virginia and North Carolina starting from 9:40 through 10:20 a.m.; and finally Duke, Clemson and Wake Forest from 10:30 through 11:10 a.m.
The Blue Devils have had a history of success at the ACC Championship, claiming 18 titles in program history including back-to-back titles in 2012 and 2013, while also boasting ACC Individual Champions in 10 of the past 15 events. Head coach Dan Brooks has led the squad to 17 of the 18 championships over his 30 seasons at Duke.
Duke, who is currently listed at third in the most recent Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index, will be joined in the championship by five other teams tabbed in the top 30 rankings including No. 17 Clemson, No. 20 Wake Forest, No. 21 North Carolina, No. 26 Florida State and No. 27 Virginia.
Fans will be able to follow the action with live scoring at www.GolfStat.com as well as live streaming on Friday and Saturday. The action will be able to be seen at theACC.com on Friday, April 19 from 2:00-4:00 p.m., and on Saturday, April 20 from 12:30 p.m., to 3:00 p.m. Fans can also follow along on Twitter (@Duke_WGOLF & @ACCWGolf) and Facebook.
The team enters the event with eight top four finishes on the season, highlighted by wins at the Tar Heel Invitational, Darius Rucker Intercollegiate and the Bryan National Collegiate.
Duke will feature a lineup that includes senior Laetitia Beck, senior Alejandra Cangrejo, sophomore Celine Boutier, freshman Yu Liu and freshman Sandy Choi. In the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index, Liu is listed No. 3, while Boutier (10), Beck (12) and Choi (116) are ranked.
In three career ACC Championship appearances, Beck has improved each year as she is coming off a second place ledger last season. Her other two placements were ninth and tied for 15th, respectively. A native of Caesarea, Israel, Beck has tallied a 72.21 stroke average to go along with four top five and six top 20 finishes.
Boutier, who is from Montrouge, France, is one of the hottest golfers in the nation heading into the postseason. She has won each of her last two events at the Bryan National Collegiate and the PING/ASU Invitational, while totaling a 70.67 stroke average. On the year, Boutier has turned in four top five and seven top 20 finishes. She placed tied sixth last season in her first ACC Championship.
Entering ACC Championship play tied first in the league with a 71.6 stroke average, Liu is one of the top golfers in the nation. She has played in the top 10 of all seven of her events she has played in during the season. A product of Beijing, China, Liu has four top five finishes on the season, including a win at the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate.
Cangrejo is coming off placing tied third at the 2013 ACC Championship and has also turned in a tied second and tied 19th finish over her career at Sedgefield. A senior out of Bogota, Colombia, Cangrejo has totaled a 75.72 stroke average on the season with one top 20 finish.
Seeing action in her first ACC Championship will be Choi, who has competed in six tournaments as a rookie. A native of San Diego, Calif., Choi has notched a 74.83 stroke average along with one top 20 finish.
Duke had posted two titles (2012 & 2013), two third place (2009 & 2010) and one second place (2011) finish over the last five years since the ACC Championship was moved to Sedgefield Country Club in 2009.
Other Duke Notes:
• Overall, Duke has won the ACC Championship in 1984, ‘85, ‘93, ‘96, ‘97, ‘98, ‘99, 2000, ‘01, ‘02, ‘03, ‘04, ‘05, ‘06, ’07, ’08, ’12, ‘13.
• Eleven different Blue Devils have claimed individual honors at the ACC Championship— Mary Anne Widman (1984), Evelyn Orley (1985), Kathi Poppmeier (1994), Jenny Chuasiriporn (1996 & 1997), Beth Bauer (1999), Maria Garcia-Estrada (2000), Virada Nirapathpongporn (2001), Candy Hannemann (2002), Brittany Lang (2004 & 2005), Blumenherst (2006, 2007 & 2008), Lindy Duncan (2012).
• Brooks is in his 30th season with the Blue Devils. He is a 12-time ACC Coach of the Year selection and has led Duke to an NCAA-record 117 victories. Brooks has guided the Blue Devils to NCAA Championships in 1999, 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2007.
• A Blue Devil individual has claimed medalist honors at each of the last three events Duke has competed in.