DUKE SET FOR NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP IN TULSA Coming off placing tied third at the NCAA East Regional, the third-ranked Duke women’s golf team will travel to Tulsa, Okla., to compete in the NCAA Championship May 20-23 at the 6,194, par 70 Tulsa Country Club. Participating in the championship will be-- Vanderbilt, UCLA, Southern California, South Carolina, Alabama, Washington, Duke, Mississippi State, Arizona State, NC State, California, Oklahoma, Stanford, Ohio State, Michigan State, Virginia, Kansas, Iowa State, Tulane, Arizona, Texas A&M, Campbell, Florida and Northwestern. Individuals participating are Hayley Davis (Baylor), Gabriella Wahl (East Tennessee State), Wad Phaewchimplee (Kent State), Dana Finkelstein (UNLV), Clariss Guce (CSU-Northridge) and Tonje Daffinrud (Denver). Duke, which earned a No. 3 seed after the East Regional, will tee off on Tuesday, May 20 at 12:00 p.m., in the first round off No. 10 and will return on Wednesday, May 21 at 7:30 a.m., in the second round. Tee times for Thursday and Friday will be determined by standings. The championship will be a four-day, 72-hole tournament with 18 holes played each day. Fans can follow the action live at www.GoDuke.com.
TRENDS • In the last 12 appearances at the NCAA Championship, Duke has placed in the top 10 in 11 of those. The only exception was a 15th place ledger in 2012. • As a team, Duke has won four tournaments this season and has finished no lower than tied third in its last nine tournaments played. The Blue Devils own a record of 88-4-3 in the Spring. • Senior Laetitia Beck carded a career-low round of 62 Tuesday at Croasdaile Country Club in Durham, N.C. She totaled 11 birdies on the day. It was also the course record. • Rookie Sandy Choi has carded top 10 finishes in each of her last two tournaments, highlighted by a tied fourth placement at the NCAA Regional. She owns a 71.83 stroke average in those tournaments. • Freshman Yu Liu owns a 72.30 stroke average on the season, which ranks as the third-lowest in school history for a rookie at Duke (Amanda Blumenherst - 71.62 in 2005-06, Brittany Lang - 71.67 in 2003-04). • Duke features two golfers who have won tournaments this season -- Celine Boutier (3) and Yu Liu (1). It marks the first time since the 2007-08 campaign (Alison Whitaker, Amanda Blumenherst) the Blue Devils have multiple winners in a season. • The Blue Devils have four out of the top 12 stroke averages in the ACC this season, including three out of the top four -- Celine Boutier (2nd, 71.83), Yu Liu (3rd, 72.30), Laetitia Beck (4th, 72.33) and Sandy Choi (12th, 74.08). • The Blue Devils are listed third in the Golf World/NGCA Coaches Poll and are third in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index. In the Golfweek individual rankings, Celine Boutier (7), Yu Liu (11), Laetitia Beck (12) and Sandy Choi (71) are listed in the top 100. Duke is the only school in the nation with three golfers in the top 12 of the rankings. • Head coach Dan Brooks has collected at least one team victory in 29 of his 30 years at Duke, including four in 2013-14. • Freshman Yu Liu leads the nation with 4.64 stroke average on par fives this season. She also leads the nation with a 79.1 greens-in-regulation percentage. • The two most winningest active Division I women’s golf head coaches in the nation will be on site in Tulsa as Dan Brooks (118 victories) and John Crooks of Campbell (75) will play in the championship.
NCAA WEBCAST THURSDAY AND FRIDAY Play will be webcast daily during the 2014 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championships on NCAA.com from Thursday, May 22 and Friday, May 23, 2014. Holes 16, 17 and 18 will be streamed live the final two days of the championships.
BROOKS COACHING TREE IN TULSA Head coach Dan Brooks will have two former Duke assistant coaches on the course in Tulsa, Okla.,for the NCAA Championship -- Kalen Anderson Harris (South Carolina head coach) and Emily Glaser (Florida head coach). Anderson was an assistant coach with the Blue Devils in 2006-07. She was also a three-time All-ACC selection and four-year letterwinner at Duke from 1998-2001. The former Emily Bastel was an assistant at Duke in 2009-10.
BLUE DEVILS IN THE NCAA’S Duke is making the program’s 26th trip to the NCAA Championship, including its 16th out of the last 17 years. The Blue Devils snapped a streak of 13-straight appearances in 2011 by finishing ninth at the NCAA Central Regional. Of the previous 24 NCAA Championship appearances for the Blue Devils, Duke had finished in the top-10 on 17 different occasions. The Blue Devils won the championship in 1999, 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2007 and have registered top-five finishes in 1988 (5th), 1994 (4th), 1998 (4th), 2001 (2nd), 2004 (3rd), 2008 (3rd). Duke is coming off placing second overall in the 2013 championship. The Blue Devils boast three golfers in the lineup with NCAA Championship experience -- senior Laetitia Beck, senior Alejandra Cangrejo and sophomore Celine Boutier. Beck is coming off placing tied 17th last year with a five-over-par, 293, while Cangrejo’s best finish was tied 51st as a sophomore. Boutier carded a tied fourth placement as a rookie with a one-under-par, 287, ledger. Duke has registered the NCAA Individual Champion three overall times -- Candy Hannemann won in 2001, Virada Nirapathpongporn won in 2002 and Anna Grzebien in 2005. The Blue Devils became only the third squad in NCAA history to post the individual champion in two straight years in 2001 and 2002.
LOOKING BACK TO 1999 Duke will head back to Tulsa, Okla., where the Blue Devils won their first NCAA Championship in 1999. With rounds of 288, 309 and 298, Duke claimed the title led by Candy Hannemann with an even-par 213, which was second overall. The event was cut short one round due to inclement weather. Duke held an eight stroke lead going into the final round over Georgia and Arizona State. Duke’s championship was the fourth overall in school history and the first by a women’s sport. Hannemann finished second overall to Grace Park in the individual race.
INTERNATIONAL ROSTER Duke features a very international flare to its 2013-14 roster with two golfers from China (Yu Liu, Yi Xiao), Israel (Laetitia Beck), Colombia (Alejandra Cangrejo), France (Celine Boutier), Canada (Irene Jung) and California (Sandy Choi - originally from Korea). Assistant coach Jeanne Cho speaks four languages -- English, Spanish, French and Korean -- and she can speak all four of those languages with members of the team.
NCAA REGIONAL REVIEW Duke placed tied third at the NCAA East Regional with rounds of 284, 288 and 288 for a total of 860. Vanderbilt claimed the title with a three-day 24-under-par, 840. Freshman Sandy Choi led Duke with a career-best four-under-par, 212 with rounds of 72, 68 and 72. Celine Boutier (T24), Alejandra Cangrejo (T24), Laetitia Beck (T47) and Yu Liu (T89) placed for the Blue Devils.
FALL PREVIEW RECAP Earlier this season, Duke competed in the NCAA Fall Preview and turned in a tied fourth finish, 10 shots off Southern California’s winning total of 848. Laetitia Beck posted a tied eighth finish with a 54-hole total of 210, while Celine Boutier (T17), Sandy Choi (T24), Alejandra Cangrejo (T28) and Yi Xiao (T67) rounded out the Duke lineup. As a team, the Blue Devils posted rounds of 283, 286 and 287.
ACC CHAMPIONS For the third straight year and the 19th time in school history, Duke captured the ACC Championship as the Blue Devils turned in a 54-hole total of 862 to win by 27 strokes at the 6,107-yard, Par 71 Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C. Duke posted rounds of 291, 285 and 286 for a 10-over-par ledger. Virginia (889), NC State (890), North Carolina (896), Notre Dame (905), Miami (905), Florida State (908), Wake Forest (919), Maryland (921) and Clemson (921) rounded out the top 10. Brooks posted his 18th ACC Championship over his 30 seasons as Duke, including the Blue Devils’ fourth victory of the 2013-14 campaign. Dan Brooks now owns 118 career wins to increase his NCAA-best victory total. As a team, Duke featured four out of the top five on the final leaderboard – Celine Boutier (1st, 210), Laetitia Beck (2nd, 215), Sandy Choi (4th, 219) and Yu Liu (T5th, 220).
ALL-TIME WINNINGEST COACH 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 118 career tournament wins over his 30 seasons. He has guided Duke to at least one victory in 29 of his 30 years.
ACC HONORS For the seventh time in school history, the Duke women’s golf team swept the All-ACC awards as the league office released the postseason accolades following a vote of the league’s 12 head coaches. Blue Devil sophomore Celine Boutier was named the ACC Player of the Year, rookie Yu Liu earned ACC Freshman of the Year and Dan Brooks was selected ACC Coach of the Year. Duke senior Laetitia Beck also earned All-ACC accolades for the fourth straight season. Other years the Blue Devils swept the main ACC awards were in 2004, 2007, 2006, 2001, 2000 and 1999. With Duke receiving three members on the All-ACC team – Beck, Boutier and Liu -- it marked the 15th straight year the Blue Devils have registered two or more golfers on the All-ACC team. A product of Montrouge, France, Boutier became the ninth different Duke golfer to be named ACC Player of the Year and it marked the 16th time over the last 18 years a Blue Devil has been named the league player of the year. Brooks coached Duke to its 19th ACC title and to four team victories on the season. The Blue Devils are ranked third nationally and received their 22nd consecutive bid to participate in the NCAA Championship. Duke is seeded No. 1 in the East Region. The Blue Devils registered a 27-stroke victory at the ACC Championship. Their four tournament wins are their most since the 2007-08 campaign, when Duke won five events. Brooks has guided the Blue Devils to an NCAA-best 118 career wins and 18 of the program’s 19 ACC titles in his 30 years at the helm. It marks the third straight year Brooks has received ACC Coach of the Year by his peers. With Beck earning four All-ACC selections over her career, she joined the likes of Lindy Duncan, Amanda Blumenherst, Jenny Chuasiriporn, Anna Grzebien, Candy Hannemann, Leigh Anne Hardin, Jennie Lee, Virada Nirapathpongporn, Jennifer Pandolfi and Liz Janangelo as the only four-time All-ACC selections in Blue Devil history. Only six other ACC golfers have been four-time All-ACC selections -- Brittany Altomare (UVA), Catherine O’Donnell (UNC), Calle Nielson (UVA), Leah Wigger (UVA), Caroline Westrup (FSU) and Stephanie Neill (WF).
THE HEAD COACH Dan Brooks is in his 30th season as the head coach of the Blue Devils. The 1981 graduate of Oregon State has led Duke to 22 straight NCAA Regional selections and to the NCAA Championships 19 of the last 21 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 27 times (looking for the 28th this season), while 17 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) and 2013 (2nd). In 30 years, his teams have won 118 tournaments, which is a NCAA record for women’s golf. He was named the 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2012 and 2013 ACC Coach of the Year for his efforts and 1999, 2001, 2002, 2005 and 2007 National Coach of the Year. Duke has collected 18 ACC Championships during Brooks’ term with the program.
BOUTIER QUALIFIES FOR U.S. WOMEN’S OPEN Duke sophomore Celine Boutier turned in rounds of 72 and 70 on her way to claiming medalist honors in U.S. Women’s Open Sectional Qualifying at The Heritage Golf Course in Westminster, Colo., earning her a spot in the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open. The U.S. Open will be played at the Pinehurst Resort & Country Club Course No. 2 in the Village of Pinehurst, N.C., June 19-22, 2014. Boutier posted a total of two-under-par, 142, to claim medalist honors over Janie Jackson (144) in sectional qualifying. It will mark the first appearance for Boutier in the U.S. Women’s Open. A native of Montrouge, France, Boutier collected three birdies in each of her two qualifying rounds Wednesday. The 2014 ACC Player of the Year, Boutier has collected three victories over her final four tournaments. She is ranked No. 7 nationally in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index and owns a 71.83 stroke average.
FIVE-TIME NATIONAL CHAMPIONS The Duke women’s golf team will begin its quest for its sixth NCAA Championship this week in Tallahassee, Fla. 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 have won individual titles.