TULSA, Okla. – A couple hours following the Blue Devils claiming their sixth NCAA Championship in school history, Duke attended the Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) end of the season banquet Friday evening at the Doubletree Hotel in Tulsa, Okla., where sophomore Celine Boutier and head coach Dan Brooks took top honors.
Boutier become the fourth Blue Devil to earn WGCA National Player of the Year, while Brooks earned WGCA National Coach of the Year accolades for the sixth time.
It marked the sixth time in school history a Duke golfer has won the player of the year award – Lindy Duncan (2011-12), Amanda Blumenherst (2007-08, 2006-07, 2005-06) and Liz Janangelo (2003-04). Boutier registered a 71.50 stroke average, three victories, six top five finishes and seven top 10 placements on the year.
A product of Montrouge, France, Boutier played her best golf of the season in the spring notching a 70.77 stroke average, three wins and six top 20 finishes in seven events. Boutier carded a 616-37 head-to-head record in the spring against the best teams in the nation. She collected her first three collegiate victories at the Bryan National Collegiate, PING/ASU Invitational and the ACC Championship. Boutier finished runner-up at the NCAA Championship, marking the second straight top-four placement in the final tournament of the season.
On the year, Boutier’s 71.50 stroke average ranked as the fifth-lowest in school history, while her 20 rounds of even or under par tied third on Duke’s single-season charts.
Leading Duke to its sixth NCAA Championship and the second in Tulsa, Okla., Brooks received the honor for the first time since 2007 and the sixth time over his 30 years as a head coach. In 2013-14, the Blue Devils collected a total of five victories, including four in the spring and posted a 111-4-3 record.
Duke posted team wins at the Tar Heel Invitational, Darius Rucker Intercollegiate, Bryan National Collegiate, PING/ASU Invitational, ACC Championship and NCAA Championship. The five wins were the most for a Blue Devil squad since the 2008 campaign. Brooks has now won 119 career tournaments and continues to increase his all-time record for NCAA Division I.
Brooks also received the East Region Coach of the Year honor Friday evening for the eighth time in school history. The 14-time ACC Coach of the Year selection has now matched Arizona State’s Linda Vollstedt with six NCAA Championships over his career, which is the most by any coach in NCAA history.
Blue Devil freshman Sandy Choi was awarded with All-NCAA East Region honors on the night, following her tied for seventh finish at the regional in Tallahassee, Fla.