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Sophomore Laetitia Beck
Courtesy: Parker Waters
Sophomore Laetitia Beck
Blue Devils Head to NCAA East Regional
Saturday 05/08/2012  -  Duke Sports Information
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2012 NCAA East Regional
May 10-12, 2012
State College, Pa.  •  Penn State Blue Course
54-Hole Medal Play  •  18 Holes Each Day

DUKE HEADS TO EAST REGIONAL

    The eighth-ranked Duke women’s golf team will travel to State College, Pa., to compete in the 2012 East Regional on May 10-12 at the 6,253-yard, par 72 Penn State Blue Course, which will be hosted by Penn State. 
    Participating in the regional will be-- Alabama (2), Arizona State (4), Duke (8), Texas A&M (17), Florida (13), Arizona (14), Oklahoma State (16), South Carolina (20), Michigan State (21), Washington (23), Texas (30), Tulane, UCF, Wake Forest, Northwestern, San Diego State, Kent State, Maryland, Augusta State, Campbell, Chattanooga, Oral Roberts, Jacksonville State and LIU Brooklyn.  The following individuals will also be competing -- Fanny Cnops (UNCG), Charlotte Lorentzen (Georgia State), Katie Mundy (FIU), Michelle Piyapattra (Columbia) and Laura Wearn (Furman).  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 10 at 8:36 a.m. in the first round off No. 1 and a 12:56 p.m. time (off No. 10) on Friday, May 11 in the second round.  Tee times for Saturday will be determined by placement.  Fans can follow the action live on the web at www.GoDuke.com.
    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 22-25 at Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn.

TRENDS
    •  Lindy Duncan has collected seven straight rounds of even or under par heading into the NCAA regional.  Over that stretch, she has posted a 69.86 stroke average.  The Duke school record for consecutive rounds of even or under par is 10 by Amanda Blumenherst. 
    •  Over the last two tournaments, Duke has tied for first and placed first.  The Blue Devils have averaged a 292.83 stroke average in those six rounds.  
    •  Lindy Duncan’s 69.00 third round scoring average is the best by any Blue Devil in school history.  The next is Amanda Blumenherst’s 70.55 average in 2005-06.
    •  Alejandra Cangrejo is coming off posting a tied for second place finish at the ACC Championship and has notched back-to-back top 20 finishes for only the third time in her career.  She has three rounds of even or under par over her last six. 
    •  Stacey Kim owns two straight top 20 finishes for the first time this season and the first time since her freshman campaign. 
    •  Duke’s seven NCAA Regional titles is the most by a school -- 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2007.
    •  The Blue Devils are listed eighth in the Golf World/NGCA Coaches Poll and are eighth in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index.  In the Golfweek individual rankings, sophomore Lindy Duncan is No. 1 and freshman Laetitia Beck is 49th.

BROOKS COACHING TREE AT PENN STATE
    Head coach Dan Brooks will have three former Duke assistant coaches on the course at Penn State for the East Regional -- Jan Dowling (Florida head coach), Kalen Anderson (South Carolina head coach) and Emily Bastel (Florida assistant coach).
    Dowling was an assistant at Duke in 2008-09, while Bastel was an assistant coach with the Blue Devils in 2009-10.  Anderson played golf at Duke from 1998-2001 and was an assistant coach under Brooks from 2006-07.

DUNCAN REMAINS NO. 1 NATIONALLY
    With her 70.71 stroke average and four victories, junior Lindy Duncan remains the top-ranked golfer in the nation heading into NCAA action.  She is having one of the best seasons in Duke history as her 70.71 stroke average would be a new school record if the season ended today. 
    Duncan also leads the Golfstat Cup rankings with a 70.71 average, while Arkansas’ Emily Tubert is second and +1.025 behind the Duke standout.  Only three Blue Devils have won the Golfstat Cup -- Amanda Blumenherst (2007-08, 2006-07 and 2005-06), Liz Janangelo (2003-04) and Jenny Chuasiriporn (1997-98).

GETTING BACK TO NATIONALS
    After totaling top 10 finishes at the NCAA Championship the last 10 years, in 2011 the Blue Devils failed to advance past the NCAA Regionals snapping a 13-year streak of advancing to nationals. 
    Duke looks to start a new streak in 2012 and is playing its best golf of the season. 

DUKE NETS TWO VICTORIES
    After not winning a tournament in 2010-11, the Blue Devils snapped a 21-tournament winless streak on Feb. 28 at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate winning by three strokes over Colorado.  In the spring, Duke has notched two victories and one tied for first place finish before falling in a playoff at the Bryan National Collegiate. 
    Duke claimed its 17th ACC Championship and 16th under head coach Dan Brooks in its last tournament.  It snapped a three-year streak without winning the ACCs. 

BLUE DEVILS SPORT ZERO SENIORS ON ROSTER
    Duke enters NCAA Regional action with no seniors on the roster and sporting a lineup of three juniors and two sophomores.  All five of Duke’s golfers have seen action in regional play in their career. 

IN THE GOLFSTAT STATISTICS

    Lindy Duncan currently ranks first in scoring average (70.71), first in par four scoring (3.98), first in par five scoring (4.70), tied third in eagles (4), first in putts (28.79) and second in putts on green (1.813)   
    As a team, Duke is tied second in eagles (7), first in average putts (30.12) and fourth in putts on green (1.880).

BLUE DEVILS IN THE NCAA’S
    This marks the 20th consecutive year there has been a regional system for women’s golf. Duke has advanced 16 of the last 18 times, finishing in the top four of the regional in 15 of the 16 years the squad has advanced. 
    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.  
   
IN THE DUKE RECORD BOOK

    Junior Lindy Duncan is moving up the record charts at Duke.  Here is how she ranks heading to the NCAA Regionals -- tied for fifth in wins (6), eighth in top five finishes (14), tied for sixth in top 10 finishes (23), tied for ninth in top 20 finishes (28), fourth in even or under par rounds (51), tied for second in rounds in the 60s (21).
    In the season record book, Duncan is first in stroke average (70.71), seventh in even or under par rounds (17), tied for third in wins (four) and first in best third round scoring average (69.00).

DUNCAN TO PLAY IN THE CURTIS CUP

    Following the NCAAs in May, Duke’s Lindy Duncan will represent the United States in the 2012 Curtis Cup Match, to be held June 8-10 at The Nairn Golf Club in Scotland.  Duncan is the 12th different Blue Devil to be selected to represent the U.S. in the Curtis Cup. 
    The Curtis Cup Match is a biennial international women’s amateur golf competition between eight-player teams from the United States of America and Great Britain and Ireland. The USA won the 2010 Match at Essex County Club in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass., 12.5-7.5.
    Away from college, Duncan has been very successful as she was a semifinalist in the 2006 U.S. Women’s Amateur at the age of 15. She also finished as second-lowest amateur at the 2011 Women’s Open.
    The Curtis Cup Match consists of six foursomes (alternate-shot) matches, six four-ball matches and eight singles
 
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 112 career tournament wins over his 28 seasons.

ACC HONORS
    The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) released its 2012 All-ACC Women’s Golf team on April 30 with Duke junior Lindy Duncan capturing ACC Player of the Year accolades, while head coach Dan Brooks was selected the ACC Coach of the Year for the 12th time by a vote of the league’s nine head coaches.
    Blue Devil sophomore Laetitia Beck was also selected to the 12-member All-ACC team for the second straight year.
    Duncan became just the third ACC golfer in league history to win the ACC Player of the Year award on at least three occasions -- Jenny Chuasiriporn (1997, 1998, 1999) and Amanda Blumenherst (2006-09) -- both former Duke golfers.  A Blue Devil golfer has been named ACC Player of the Year 15 times over the last 16 years.
    Both Duncan and Beck were also named to the All-ACC squad.  It marks the 13th straight year the Blue Devils have registered two or more golfers on the All-ACC team. 
    A native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Duncan is currently the top-ranked golfer in the nation and was the 2012 ACC Individual Champion at the ACC Championship with rounds of 70, 69 and 71 for a total of 210.  She has led the league with a 70.71 stroke average and if the season concluded today, Duncan’s stroke average would set a new Duke single-season record.  Duncan owns four victories and eight top 10 placements in eight tournaments.  She is coming off back-to-back tournament wins. 
    Duncan owns 17 rounds of even or under par on the year and has registered a 69.00 stroke average in the final rounds, which would also be a new school record.  She has now been named to the All-ACC squad each of her three years with the Blue Devils.
    Brooks received the ACC Coach of the Year award for the first time since 2007, after leading the Blue Devils to two victories this season, including Duke’s first ACC Championship since 2008.  The Blue Devils also won the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate and tied for first at the Bryan National Collegiate before falling in a playoff.  He owns 112 career victories over his 28 years at Duke, which is a NCAA Division I record.
    Overall, Brooks has led the Blue Devils to 16 ACC titles.
    Beck, who is out of Caesarea, Israel, has registered a 74.21 stroke average on the season, which ranks second on the Duke team and ninth in the ACC.  She has notched three top 10 and five top 20 finishes on the year.
    Ranked 49th in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index, Beck recently finished ninth in the ACC Championship with rounds of 71, 79 and 72 for a total of 222.  She posted a ninth place finish at the Cougar Classic and Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate against some of the best competition nationally, while tying for 15th at the SunTrust Gator Invitational. 

THE HEAD COACH
    Dan Brooks is in his 28th season as the head coach of the Blue Devils. The 1981 graduate of Oregon State has led Duke to 20 straight NCAA Regional selections and to the NCAA Championships 16 of the last 18 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 25 times (looking for the 26th 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) and 2010 (T8th).
    In 28 years, his teams have won 112 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 and 2012 ACC Coach of the Year for his efforts and 1999, 2001, 2002, 2005 and 2007 National Coach of the Year. Duke has collected 16 ACC Championships during Brooks’ term with the program.

FIVE-TIME NATIONAL CHAMPIONS

    The top-ranked Duke women’s golf team will begin its quest for its sixth NCAA Championship this week in State College, Pa.  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.


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