DURHAM, N.C. – Coming off an impressive second place finish at the PING/ASU Women’s Invitational, the third-ranked Duke women’s golf team will head to Greensboro, N.C., this weekend to compete in the 25th annual ACC Championship. The 54-hole championship will kick off on Friday, April 19th at the Par 71, 6,210-yard Sedgefield Country Club.
The format of the championship will feature 18 holes each day with tee times beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Friday’s first round features Boston College, Maryland and Miami teeing off from 8:30 through 9:10 a.m.; Florida State, NC State and Virginia from 9:20 through 10 a.m.; and finally Duke, North Carolina and Wake Forest from 10:10 through 10:50 a.m.
The Blue Devils have had a history of success at the ACC Championship, claiming 17 titles in program history including the championship in 2012, while also boasting ACC Individual Champions in 10 of the past 14 events. Head coach Dan Brooks has led the squad to 16 of the 17 championships over his 29 seasons at Duke.
Duke, who is currently listed at fourth in the most recent Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index, will be joined in the championship by three other teams tabbed in the rankings including No. 12 North Carolina, No. 15 Virginia and No. 22 North Carolina State. The Blue Devils are also listed No. 3 in the Golf World Coaches poll.
The team enters the event with six top five finishes on the season, highlighted by second-place finishes at the Cougar Classic, Landfall Tradition and PING/ASU Women’s Invitational. Last week at the Ping/ASU Invitational, the Blue Devils carded rounds of 280, 283 and 291 for a 10-under par, 854.
Duke is led by senior Lindy Duncan, who recorded her third top-five finish of the season after firing a five-under par, 211, at the PING/ASU Invitational. Duncan, the 2012 PING NGCA National Player of the Year, owns a 71.94 stroke average this season, including a team-leading nine even or under par rounds. The April ACC Golfer of the Month missed the Bryan National Collegiate April 12-14 to compete at the LPGA’s Kraft Nabisco Championship, where she posted rounds of 81 and 69 to miss the cut by one shot.
Duncan, a native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., claimed the individual title at the 2012 ACC Championship by six shots, toasting the field with rounds of 70, 69 and 71 to finish at three-under par. The senior will conclude her four years in Durham with one of the best careers in Duke history, currently listed in the program record book in career individual wins (T-5th, 6), top-five finishes (T-5th, 18), even or under par rounds (2nd, 64) and stroke average (2nd, 72.14).
Junior Laetitia Beck, tabbed at No. 29 in the latest Golfweek individual rankings, will also represent the Blue Devils in Greensboro, after owning a 73.14 stroke average on the season. Beck has carded six top-20 finishes this year, but has been playing her best golf as of late, averaging a 71.88 stroke average in her last three events. Beck has played in the last two ACC Championships, finishing ninth and tied for 15th, respectively, while tallying a 75.17 stroke average.
Joining Duncan and Beck in the event are senior Courtney Ellenbogen, junior Alejandra Cangrejo and freshman Celine Boutier. Ellenbogen, a native of Blacksburg, Va., owns a 75.00 stroke average this season, while Cangrejo has recorded a 74.25 average this year, highlighted by a tied for 15th place at the Northrop Grumman Challenge. Ellenbogen has played in two ACC Championships, recording a 77.33 average, while Cangrejo owns a 74.5 average in the event, highlighted by a second place finish in 2012 where she fired rounds of 69, 75 and 72 to post a three-over par, 216.
Boutier enters the weekend with two top-10 finishes during her freshman campaign, posting a 73.62 stroke average. The Montrouge, France native was listed at No. 39 in the latest Golfweek individual listing after firing a season-low 213 at the PING/ASU Invitational, following carding three consecutive rounds of one-under par, 71.
Last season in the ACC Championship, the Blue Devils fired rounds of 280, 303 and 292 for a total of 875 to win by 10 strokes over North Carolina (885). Duncan claimed the individual title, while Cangrejo was tied for second and Beck was ninth.
Duke had posted two third place (2009 & 2010), one second place (2011) and one title (2012) over the last four years since the ACC Championship was moved to Sedgefield Country Club in 2009.
Fans will be able to follow along with live stats and video by visiting the ACC Women’s Golf Championship Site or by clicking on the links above. Live video will be available from 1:00 p.m., until completion of the second round and on Sunday beginning at 12:30 p.m., through the finish of the championship. Fans can also follow along on Twitter (@Duke_WGOLF & @ACCWGolf) and Facebook.
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 and ’12. • 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 and 2008), Lindy Duncan (2012). • Brooks is in his 29th season with the Blue Devils. He is an 11-time ACC Coach of the Year selection and has led Duke to 85 event titles, five NCAA Championships, 11 ACC Championships and 53 individual medalist honors, over the last 14 years. In his 29 years, Brooks has registered an NCAA-record 112 victories. • In addition to Beck (No. 29) and Boutier (No. 39), the Blue Devils are represented by Duncan (No. 8) and Cangrejo (No. 74) in the Golfweek Rankings.