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Blue Devil Women's Golf Heads to Central Regional
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 05/03/2011
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2011 NCAA Central Regional
May 5-7, 2011
South Bend, Ind.  •  Warren Golf Course
54-Hole Medal Play  •  18 Holes Each Day


    The fifth-ranked Duke women’s golf team will travel to South Bend, Ind., to compete in the 2011 Central Regional on May 5-7 at the 6,208-Yard, Par 72 Warren Golf Club, which will be hosted by Notre Dame. 

    Participating in the regional will be-- UCLA (2), Duke (7), LSU (6), Arkansas (12), Wake Forest (14), Texas (22), Tulane (23), Stanford (28), Notre Dame (24), Ohio State, Kent State, Chattanooga, Northwestern, Minnesota, UNLV, Oklahoma State, North Texas, Wisconsin, East Carolina, Michigan, Illinois, Morehead State, Illinois State and Butler.  The following individuals will also be competing -- Harin Lee (St. John’s), Lindsay Gahm (Indiana), Bonnie Hu (Harvard), Nina Muehl (East Tennessee State), Brittany Kelly (Ball State), Britney Hamilton (Western Michigan).  The teams are listed in seed order and the rankings in parentheses are from the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index.

    Duke will tee off on Thursday, May 5 at 9:06 a.m. in the first round off No. 1 and a 1:26 p.m. time (off No. 10) on Friday, May 6 in the second round.  Tee times for Saturday will be determined by placement.  Fans can follow the action live on the web at

    The regional will be a three-day, 54-hole tournament with 18 holes played each day. The top eight teams and top two individuals (not on one of those eight teams) advance to the NCAA Championships to be played May 18-21 at Texas A&M Traditions Club in College Station, Texas.

    •  Duke’s seven NCAA Regional titles is the most by school -- 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2007.
    •  Sophomore Lindy Duncan owns a team-best average of 12.52 greens hit in regulation on the year.
    •  Sophomore Stacey Kim is coming off her first top 20 finish of the year at the ACC Championship with rounds of 74, 74 and 80.  She placed tied for 13th. 
    •  Freshman Laetitia Beck has turned in top 15 finishes in three straight tournaments.  During that stretch she has notched a 74.56 stroke average.   Beck leads Duke with two eagles on the season.
    •  Sophomore Lindy Duncan owns a team-best 13 rounds of even or under par, while freshman Laetitia Beck ranks second with 11. 
    •  Duke is looking for its first win of the season to extend its streak to 29 straight years with at least one tournament victory.  The Blue Devils didn’t have a stroke-play tournament win in 2008-09 but won the NGCA Match Play Championship.  Duke last time without a tournament victory was in 1982.
    •  The Blue Devils are looking to advance to the NCAA Championship where they have placed in the top 10 the last 10 straight years.  It is the longest current streak in the nation.
    •  Lindy Duncan’s 72.52 stroke average is the seventh-best in school history if the season ended prior to heading to regionals.

    Heading into the Central Regional, the Blue Devils are still looking for their first team victory of the season.  Sophomore Lindy Duncan has Duke’s lone individual win this spring at the LSU Tiger Golf Classic as she won on the third playoff hole.  Duke has finished in the top five in eight tournaments this year, including tied for third and second in the last two tournaments. 

    The Blue Devils are listed fifth in the Golf World/NGCA Coaches Poll and are seventh in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index.  In the Golfweek individual rankings, sophomore Lindy Duncan is ninth, freshman Laetitia Beck is 33rd, senior Kim Donovan is 92nd and freshman Alejandra Cangrejo is 95th.

    Duke enters NCAA Regional action with one senior on the roster for the second straight season -- Kim Donovan.  Donovan, who is from Hopkinton, Mass., has compiled a 75.04 stroke average on the season to go along with two top 20 and one top five finish. 

    She is coming off finishing tied for 13th at the ACC Championship and had a career-best tied for third placement at the Bryan National Collegiate. 

    Lindy Duncan currently ranks fifth nationally with a 3.00 par three scoring average, while also ranking eighth in par five scoring (4.80), tied seventh in average putts (29.67) and fifth in sand saves (56.3).

    As a team, Duke leads the nation in average putts (30.46), ranks seventh in par three scoring (3.15) and 10th in par five scoring (4.99).

    This marks the 19th consecutive year there has been a regional system for women’s golf. Duke has advanced 16 of the last 17 times, finishing in the top four of the regional in 15 of the 16 years the squad has advanced.  Duke will play for only the second time in school history in the Central Regional with the only other appearance coming in 2006.  The Blue Devils were sent to College Station, Texas and finished second of 21 teams. 

    Duke has posted four individual medalists at the regionals as Beth Bauer won the East Regional in 1999 after shooting 74-70-71=215, Virada Nirapathpongporn won in 2001 with a 65-73-71=209, Leigh Anne Hardin won in 2002 with rounds of 71-67-72=210 and Anna Grzebien won in 2005 with rounds of 73-69-67=209.  

    Only three current Blue Devils boast regional experience: Senior Kim Donovan (3), sophomore Lindy Duncan (1) and sophomore Stacey Kim (1).  Donovan turned in a solid tied for 13th place finish a year ago in the East Regional with rounds of 71, 68 and 78 for a total of 217.  Duncan also placed tied for 13th with rounds of 72, 72 and 75.  Kim had a top 20 finish as well with rounds of 72, 71 and 75.

    Duke University freshman Laetitia Beck is having one of the top seasons for a freshman in school history.  Her 73.75 stroke average currently ranks as the eighth-best by a Blue Devil rookie.
    Blue Devil Head Coach Dan Brooks became the all-time winningest women’s golf coach in NCAA Division I history in the fall of 2005 as he won his 92nd career tournament title at the Stanford Pepsi Intercollegiate on Oct. 23, 2005.  Brooks passed Mark Gale of San Jose State that won 91 career tournaments from 1978-96.

    Brooks now has 110 career tournament wins over his 27 seasons.
    The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) released its 2011 All-ACC Women’s Golf team on Monday with Duke University sophomore Lindy Duncan capturing ACC Player  of the Year accolades, while freshman Laetitia Beck earned ACC Rookie of the Year honors by a vote of the league’s nine head coaches.

    Duncan became just the fourth ACC golfer in league history to win the ACC Player of the Year award on at least two occasions -- Jenny Chuasiriporn (1997, 1998, 1999), Beth Bauer (1999, 2000) and Amanda Blumenherst (2006-09) -- all former Duke golfers.  A Blue Devil golfer has been named ACC Player of the Year 14 times over the last 15 years.

    The 13th Blue Devil to be named ACC Rookie of the Year, Beck joins Chuasiriporn (1996), Kalen Anderson (1998), Bauer (1999), Maria Garcia-Estrada (2000), Niloufar Aazam-Zanganeh (2002), Liz Janangelo (2003), Brittany Lang (2004), Jennifer Pandolfi (2005), Blumenherst (2006), Alison Whitaker (2007) and Duncan (2010) as other Duke golfers to receive the award.

    Both Duncan and Beck were also named to the 12-person All-ACC squad.  It marks the 12th straight year the Blue Devils have registered two or more golfers on the All-ACC team.  Duke also took both the Player and Rookie of the Year awards for the 11th time in league history.

    A native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Duncan led the ACC with a 72.52 stroke average and is currently ranked ninth nationally in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index.  She has totaled one victory, five top five finishes, seven top 10 and eight top 20 placements on the season.

    Duncan netted her second collegiate victory at the LSU Tiger Golf Classic with rounds of 72, 75 and 71 for a total of 218.  She won the title on the third playoff hole.  Her 13 rounds of even or under par on the season and her 96.0 percentage of rounds counted led Duke.  At the 2011 ACC Championship, Duncan was fourth and was named ACC Golfer of the Month for March.

    Beck, who is out of Caesarea, Israel, has registered a 73.75 stroke average on the season, which ranks second on the Duke team and sixth in the ACC, including tops among freshmen in the league.  She has notched two top five, three top 10 and five top 20 finishes on the year.

    Ranked 33rd in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index, Beck was recently named ACC Golfer of the Month for April following a third place finish at the Liz Murphey Collegiate.  She has led two tournaments following the first round (Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate) and the second round (Bryan National Collegiate).

    Duke has featured two freshmen playing in the lineup for almost the entire season with the only exception being the Landfall Tradition when Laetitia Beck was representing her country of Israel at the World Amateur Team Championship. 

    Both Beck and Alejandra Cangrejo have played in a combined 17 tournaments and notch 10 top 20 placements.  Both freshmen have led at least one tournament during the season as well.  Cangrejo’s 67 birdies ranks second on the Duke squad, while Beck’s 58 is third.

    Duke golfers Lindy Duncan and Laetitia Beck each were named ACC Golfer of the Month for March and April, respectively. 

    Beck, a freshman from Caesarea, Israel, turned in a tied for third place finish with rounds of 74, 74 and 69 for total of 217 (+1), at the Liz Murphey Collegiate, played April 1-3 at the University of Georgia Golf Course in Athens, Ga.  She closed the tournament strong as she played her final 11 holes of golf at four-under par to finish with her third round in the 60s this season as a rookie. 

    Duncan, a sophomore from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., claimed her first victory of the season and second collegiate win at the LSU Tiger Golf Classic against some of the top talent in the nation. She posted rounds of 72-75-71=218, which was tied for the lead after 54-holes. She went on to win the tournament on the third playoff hole with three straight pars, defeating Louisville’s AnnaKarin Ljungstrom. The LSU Classic was played March 11-13 in Baton Rouge, La., and featured nine ranked teams.

    At the Bryan National Collegiate, played March 25-27 in Browns Summit, N.C., Duncan turned in a tied for seventh place finish with rounds of 77-72-75 for a total of 224. She has now totaled four top five and six top 10 finishes on the season for the Blue Devils. The Bryan National featured seven ranked teams.

    In round two, Beck posted her team-best second eagle of the season and she now owns three top 10 finishes in seven tournaments this year.  As a team, Duke finished tied for third.  Nine out of 24 teams participating at the Liz Murphey were ranked.  Beck is currently ranked 28th in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index.


    Dan Brooks is in his 27th season as the head coach of the Blue Devils. The 1981 graduate of Oregon State has led Duke to 19 straight NCAA Regional selections and to the NCAA Championships 16 of the last 17 years.  Brooks owns the school’s five National Championships in 1999, 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2007.

    Brooks’ teams have finished with a top-20 ranking 24 times (looking for the 25th this season), while 16 of his squads have earned a top-10 finish in a NCAA Tournament-- 1987 (T7th), 1988  (5th),  1994 (4th), 1996 (7th), 1998 (4th), 1999 (1st), 2001 (2nd), 2002 (1st), 2003 (10th), 2004 (3rd), 2005 (1st), 2006 (1st), 2007 (1st), 2008 (3rd), 2009 (6th), 2010 (T8th).

    In 27 years, his teams have won 110 tournaments, which is a NCAA record for women’s golf. He was named the 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006 and 2007 ACC Coach of the Year for his efforts and 1999, 2001, 2002, 2005 and 2007 National Coach of the Year. Duke has collected 15 ACC Championships during Brooks’ term with the program.

    The top-ranked Duke women’s golf team will begin its quest for its sixth NCAA Championship this week in South Bend, Ind.  The Blue Devils won their first title in 1999, a second in 2002, third in 2005, fourth in 2006 and fifth in 2007.  Duke became only the second team along with Arizona State to win three straight national titles (1995-97).

    Virada Nirapathpongporn (2002), Candy Hannemann (2003) and Anna Grzebien (2005) each won individual titles in recent years.