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Blue Devil Golfers Head to ACC Championship
Monday 04/14/2011  -  Duke Sports Information
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Senior Kim Donovan
DURHAM, N.C. -  Head Coach Dan Brooks and the Duke women’s golf team will head to Greensboro, N.C., this weekend to compete in the 23rd annual ACC Championship.  The championship will take place from April 15-17 at the Par 71, 6,185-Yard Sedgefield Country Club.

The format will feature 18 holes each day for a total of 54 holes.  Tee times will kick off on Friday at 8:30 a.m.  The first round will have three groups of tee times with N.C. State, Miami and Boston College going out first, while North Carolina, Maryland and Florida State will head out second and Duke and Wake Forest and Virginia in the final grouping, which will start at 10:10 a.m.

On Saturday, tee times will also kick off at 8:30 a.m., but on Sunday it will start at 8:00 a.m.  Fans can follow the action live on the ACC Network on www.theACC.com for free on Saturday and Sunday beginning at 1:30 p.m.  There will also be livestats on www.golfstat.com.

The Blue Devils have won a total of 16 ACC Championships and had their streak of 13 in a row snapped in 2009 as Wake Forest won the title.  The Demon Deacons notched their second straight in 2010 as well.  A Duke golfer has been the ACC Individual Champion nine of the past 12 years.  Brooks has led Duke to 15 of the 16 championships over his 27 seasons.

Duke is currently ranked fifth nationally in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index and fifth in the  Golf World/NGCA Division I Coaches’ Poll.  The Blue Devils are the highest ranked ACC squad with Virginia (8), Wake Forest (12),  North Carolina (20) and Florida State (29) rounding out the top 30 ACC squads in the Golfweek ledger.

The Blue Devils own the following golfers ranked in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index -- Lindy Duncan (10), Laetitia Beck (28), Alejandra Cangrejo (91) and Kim Donovan (92).

Duncan, who is a product of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is the highest ranked ACC golfer in the nation at No. 10 and her 72.46 stroke average leads the ACC.  On the season, Duncan has notched  seven top 20, four top five and six top 10 finishes out of eight tournaments.  She owns two collegiate victories -- one as a freshman and one as a sophomore at the LSU Tiger Golf Classic this spring.  Duncan is the reigning ACC Player and Rookie of the Year from 2009-10. 

Other Blue Devils seeing action at the ACC Championship include Donovan, sophomore Stacey Kim and Cangrejo.  Beck, who is a product of Caesarea, Israel, ranks second on the Duke squad with a 73.38 stroke average and is coming off being named ACC Golfer of the Month for April.  She has notched two top five, three top 10 and four top 20 finishes in seven tournaments. 

Donovan, a senior from Hopkinton, Mass., will see action in her fourth ACC Championship and is coming off posting a tied for 12th placement at the 2010 ACC Championship as she notched rounds of 78, 76 and 71.  On the season, Donovan has turned in a 74.90 stroke average with one top five finish, which came in the last tournament at the Bryan National Collegiate. 

Overall, Duke has won the ACC Championship in 1984, ‘85, ‘93, ‘96, ‘97, ‘98, ‘99, 2000, ‘01, ‘02, ‘03, ‘04, ‘05, ‘06, ‘07 and ‘08.

Ten 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 and 2008).


Duke is still looking for its first team victory of the season as the Blue Devils have placed in the top three in three out of the last four tournaments, while turning in top five finishes in seven of eight tournaments.

Brooks is in his 27th season with the Blue Devils.  He is an 11-time ACC Coach of the Year selection and has led Duke to 84 event titles, five NCAA Championships, 10 ACC Championships and 49 individual medalist honors, over the last 12 years.  In his 27 years, Brooks has registered an NCAA-record 110 victories.

Other Duke Notes:

•  Over the last two years at Sedgefield, Wake Forest has won both titles.  The Blue Devils have trailed in all six of those rounds even though Duke came back in the final round a year ago to take a one stroke lead before falling to third place at the end.  Through two rounds the last two years, Duke has trailed by 15 strokes (2010) and 17 strokes (2009). 

•  Lindy Duncan ranks third nationally in par three scoring (2.99), while Laetitia Beck ranks 11th (3.02).  Duncan also ranks 12th in bogeys per round (2.75), tied for fifth in average putts (29.52), tied for fifth in three-putt holes (0.52) and sixth in sand saves (.563).  Courtney Ellenbogen ranks eighth in average putts (29.56), while Beck ranks 10th in three-putt holes (0.61).

•  As a team nationally, Duke ranks first in average putts (30.34), first in three-putt holes (0.87), sixth in sand saves (.384), third in putts on greens in regulation (1.860), sixth in par three scoring (3.14), eighth in first round scoring (74.38), 10th in average score (74.68), sixth in bogeys per round (3.62) and third in birdie conversion (.223).

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