Dan Brooks announced on Wednesday that Laetitia Beck of Caesarea, Israel has signed a national letter of intent to play golf for the Blue Devils beginning with the 2010-11 campaign.DURHAM, N.C. – Duke Women’s Golf Head Coach
“Laetitia has the reputation of being a very hard worker, is very passionate about golf and is very competitive,” said Brooks. “She has a beautiful, powerful golf swing and she’s shot a lot of low numbers. So we are very excited to her coming to Duke in the fall of 2010.”
Beck is one of the top junior golfers in the nation and is coming off winning the 2010 Verizon Junior Heritage earlier this year with rounds of 73 and 74. She is currently listed No. 5 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index.
Here is a closer look at Beck’s accomplishments --
5-7 • Caesarea, Israel • Pendelton School
Prep: Currently ranked fifth in the Golfweek/Sagarin Girls and Polo Golf rankings … is in her fourth year at IMG Golf Academy ... winner of the 2010 Verizon Junior Heritage with rounds of 73 and 74 for a total of 147 ... earned Golfweek Player of the Week in February of 2010 ... won the 2009 Doral Publix Junior Classic with a 54-hole total of 209, which was seven-under-par ... 2009 winner of Israel Junior and Ladies Championships … placed second in the Duke of York Yong Trophy 2009 … 2008 Junior Israel Open Champion and FCWT University of Florida Champion … FCWT second Team All-America … secured the FCWT Feather Sound Open title … notched four second place finishes in FCWT University of Florida, FCWT The Leadbetter Classic, the FCWT World Woods and the Verizon Heritage Tournament (72-72 = 144) ... Maccabiah 18 champion 2009 … FCWT First Team All-America her junior year … finished third at the 2008 Girl’s British Amateur Championship ... won FCWT PGA Golf Club Open and FCWT Doral Silver Classic as a sophomore … placed third in the FCWT PGA National Open … placed second at the Doral Publix Junior Classic (14-15 Division) ... competed in seven tournaments as a sophomore … placed second in the Laura Diaz Girls National Championship ... won her first Israel Ladies Championship at age 12.
Personal: Born February 5, 1992 in Belgium … daughter of Liliane and Jean Claude …. has one brother, Yoni (28), and one sister, Liora (31), and a twin sister, Olivia (18) … hobbies are golf, tennis, and traveling … favorite athlete is Ernie Els.
Duke will lose two seniors -- Alison Whitaker and Yu Young Lee -- to graduation in May, but will return Kim Donovan, Courtney Ellenbogen, Lindy Duncan and Stacey Kim for the 2010-11 season.
The Blue Devils also signed amateur standout Luz Alejandra Cangrejo of Bogota, Colombia to a national letter of intent in the fall.
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