2018 NCAA Regional - Madison
May 7-9, 2018 • Madison, Wisc.
University Ridge Golf Club
54 Holes Stroke Play
BLUE DEVILS SET TO TRAVEL TO NCAA MADISON REGIONAL
The fourth-ranked Duke women’s golf team is set to head to Madison, Wisc., for the 2018 NCAA Madison Regional May 7-9 at the 6,313-yard, par 72 University Ridge Golf Club.
Duke has been seeded No. 1 for the 12th time out of the last 19 years (2014, 2013, 2010, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2001 and 2000.
Seeing action in the regional will be Duke (4), Southern California (5), Arizona State (15), Northwestern (11), University of Illinois (22), Purdue (31), Iowa State (23), Virginia (33), Wisconsin (42), Campbell (38), Ohio State (46), Notre Dame, Old Dominion (50), Oregon State, Idaho, Murray State, North Dakota State and IUPUI. The teams are listed in seed order and the rankings in parentheses are from the Golfweek team rankings.
The top four seeds in the regions were – Tallahassee, Fla. (Alabama), Austin, Texas (Arkansas), Madison, Wisc. (Duke) and Stanford, Calif. (UCLA).
Duke will tee off Monday, May 7 at 9 a.m. (ET) off hole No. 1 along with Southern California and Arizona State. Tee times for Tuesday and Wednesday will be determined by standings.
The regional will be a three-day, 54-hole tournament with 18 holes played each day. The top six teams and top three individuals (not on one of those six teams) advance to the NCAA Championship to be played May 18-23 at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla.
THE DUKE LINEUP
Duke will feature a lineup of senior Leona Maguire, senior Lisa Maguire, junior Virginia Elena Carta, sophomore Ana Belac and freshman Jaravee Boonchant.
It will mark the fourth time this season the Blue Devils have featured this lineup. Duke won the Jim West Challenge to open the season, finished tied second at the Liz Murphey Collegiate and won the ACC Championship in the most recent tournament.
Duke has not featured a healthy lineup in the four tournaments the Blue Devils have competed in due to sickness or injuries. Carta did not compete in the first three tournaments of the spring and rookie Miranda Wang missed the last two tournaments with a knee injury.
Fans will be able to follow the action with live scoring at www.GolfStat.com each of the three days. New for 2018, the Golf Channel will feature coverage of the final day of regionals, Wednesday, May 9. Beginning within Morning Drive, Golf Channel’s daily lifestyle news show, and continuing hourly throughout the day via live Golf Central news updates from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. (ET) that will be published to Golf Channel Digital and Golf Channel’s social media handles. Coverage will conclude with live news segments, featuring highlights and interviews, announcing the teams and individuals who qualified for the national championship.
Fans can also follow along on Twitter (@DukeWGOLF), Instagram (DukeWGolf) and Facebook (DukeWGolf) for coverage all three days of the regional.
DUKE HEADS BACK TO MADISON
The Blue Devils will head back to Madison, Wisc., for the first time since the 1998 NCAA Championship where Duke placed fourth overall. Duke turned in rounds of 285, 298, 297 and 299 to finish with an 1,179 ledger. Jenny Chuasiriporn placed fifth and Alicia Allison was tied 15th overall.
The Blue Devils were coached by Dan Brooks, who was making his ninth appearance in the NCAA Championship in 1998.
BLUE DEVILS IN THE NCAA’S
This marks the 26th consecutive year there has been a regional system for women’s golf. Duke has advanced 22 of the last 24 times, finishing in the top four of the regional in 20 of the 22 years the squad has advanced.
Duke has posted five 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, Anna Grzebien won in 2005 with rounds of 73-69-67=209 and Leona Maguire won in 2015 with rounds of 72-78-72=212.
BIRDIES FOR BABIES
Spearheaded by junior Virginia Elena Carta, the Blue Devils announced a fundraising program benefitting the Duke Children’s Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care Units called Birdies for Babies this winter. Duke has raised $6,396.25 so far this season.
Those looking to support Duke women’s golf’s partnership with the Duke Children’s can make pledges per birdie. Pledges will start at $0.50 and high pledge increments are welcome. If the Blue Devils register an eagle (counts as two birdies), albatross (three birdies) and hole-in-one (four birdies) they will count as stated. Each pledge will receive an autographed photo of the Duke women’s golf team.
For more information, head to https://www.bluedevilsbirdiesforbabies.org/
• Two of the all-time winningest Division I head coaches will be in Madison for the regionals as Dan Brooks (1st, 132 wins) and John Crooks of Campbell (3rd, 85 wins).
• Over the last three tournaments, rookie Jaravee Boonchant has shot a 14-under-par and featured only one round above par. Leona Maguire has shot 16-under-par over that stretch as well.
• Duke’s nine NCAA Regional titles are the most by a school -- 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2013 and 2014.
• In the latest Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, Leona Maguire is listed No. 8, while Jaravee Boonchant (22), Ana Belac (36), Miranda Wang (49) are Virginia Elena Carta (63) are ranked.
• Leona Maguire has counted all 115 rounds she has played as a Blue Devil.
• The Blue Devils enter the event with eight top five finishes on the season in nine tournaments, highlighted by wins at the Jim West Challenge, Tar Heel Invitational. Landfall Tradition and ACC Championship.
• Leona Maguire’s round of 63 earlier this season in the Jim West Challenge is tied for the second-lowest 18-hole score this season in the nation.
• Sophomore Ana Belac owns a team-best nine rounds in the 60s this season and a total of 10 over her career. Leona Maguire has eight in 2017-18 to rank just behind.
• Freshman Miranda Wang will miss her third straight tournament due to a knee injury. Wang was coming off her best collegiate finish in the Evans Derby Experience as she notched three straight under par rounds on her way to placing tied fifth overall.
• Leona Maguire had a streak of 10 straight rounds of even or under par come to an end in the ACC Championship final round as the golfers had to deal with miserable weather. She shot a one-over, 73, in the final round and won her 10th collegiate tournament.
• Duke currently features four golfers with stroke averages below 73.00, which would be a first in program history -- Leona Maguire (70.52), Jaravee Boonchant (71.30), Ana Belac (72.33) and Virginia Elena Carta (72.41). The previous best was three in 2016-17 and 2013-14.
• Duke leads the ACC with a 285.7 stroke average.
• Leona Maguire leads the ACC with a 70.52 scoring average and eight top 10 finishes on the year.
• Jaravee Boonchant has the lowest score average among freshmen in the ACC -- Boonchant (71.30), Emilia Migliaccio of Wake Forest (71.64).
• Leona Maguire has been named ACC Golfer of the Month a total of eight times, which is a new ACC record. She earned the award twice this spring.
• Duke cruised to the team title at the Jim West Challenge in the season opener. The Blue Devils carded a school-record 33-under-par, 819, on their way to totaling a 22-stroke victory. It was the first season-opening win since the 2006-07 campaign when the Blue Devils claimed the Mason Rudolph Championship in Nashville, Tenn. The Blue Devils carded an 18-hole school-record, 269, in the first round, before finishing the 36-hole opening day with a school-record 26-under-par, 542.
• Ana Belac opened the season with 56 straight holes without a bogey. She was bogey-free in the Jim West Challenge.
• Freshman Miranda Wang had a 35-hole stretch without a bogey in the Evans Derby Experience, which pushed her into a career-best tied fifth placement.
ACC CHAMPIONS ONCE AGAIN
For the 21st time in school history, Duke won the ACC Championship as the top-seeded and fifth-ranked Blue Devils compiled an impressive 15-under-par, 849, to win by 27 strokes at the Grandover Resort & Conference Center East Course in Greensboro, N.C.
Blue Devil senior Leona Maguire won her third ACC Individual crown as she outlasted teammate Jaravee Boonchant in three playoff holes to win the title. The duo birdied the final hole of their rounds on No. 18 to finish in a tie at six-under, 210, and needed three playoff holes to decide the winner in pouring down rain.
Duke carded rounds of 282, 281 and 286 over the three days to produce a 15-under-par, 849, to finish 27 strokes ahead of Florida State (876). Clemson (877), Virginia (885) and Wake Forest (890) rounded out the top five teams. The 15-under, 849, was the lowest 54-hole ledger in Blue Devil ACC Championship history besting a five-under, 859, a year ago.
It marked the 20th ACC Championship under the direction of Brooks and the second straight. The win was the first of the spring season for the Blue Devils and the fourth victory of the 2017-18 campaign.
Duke featured four golfers in the top five of the leaderboard after it was all said and done. Maguire (1st), Boonchant (2nd), sophomore Ana Belac (T3rd) and junior Virginia Elena Carta (T5th).
Maguire’s ACC Individual title was the third over her impressive four-year career as she also won the trophy’s in 2015 and 2017. She joined only Duke standout Amanda Blumenherst (2006-08) as three-time ACC individual champions in league history.
Duke freshman Jaravee Boonchant has notched four eagles over the last two tournaments (2 in each) and has now tied a school record with five on the year. She has equalled Lindy Duncan (2011-12) and Candy Hannemann (2000-01) with five on the year. Boonchant currently ranks tied ninth nationally with five eagles.
Her five eagles on the year is a new Duke freshman record.
MAGUIRE BREAKS DUKE MARK
Senior Leona Maguire owns 82 rounds of even or under par, which is a new Duke career record and is the second-most in NCAA history behind Texas A&M’s Maddie Szeryk (87).
Maguire moved past Amanda Blumenherst’s mark of 78 on the Blue Devil charts.
NCAA Career Even or Under Par Rounds
87, Maddie Szeryk, Texas A&M (2015-present)
82, Leona Maguire, Duke (2015-present)
78, Amanda Blumenherst, Duke (2006-09)
72, Lindy Duncan, Duke (2010-13)
BOONCHANT HITTING HER STRIDE
Freshman Jaravee Boonchant enters the NCAA Regionals with four straight top seven finishes in the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate, Evans Derby Experience, Liz Murphey Collegiate and ACC Championship.
This also includes a runner-up finish at the ACC Championship, after falling in a three-hole playoff to teammate Leona Maguire. The second place finish was a career best for the rookie.
Over her last four tournaments, Boonchant has averaged a 70.92 stroke average. She has notched 10 even or under par rounds in that stretch out of 12 rounds.
Boonchant has notched a 71.30 stroke average, which if the season ended today would be the second-lowest by a Duke freshman in school history behind Leona Maguire (70.78). Boonchant has notched six top 10 finishes and eight top 20 placements on the year in 10 tournaments.
With her five-under-par, 66, in the first round of the Jim West Challenge, Boonchant matched the Duke record for lowest 18-hole ledger by a freshman in their first collegiate round. She equaled Brittany Lang’s five-under score from the NCAA Fall Preview in 2003. Lang signed for a five-under, 67. With a three-day total of 205, Boonchant tied for the third-lowest score by a Duke freshman in Blue Devil history.
NCAA REGIONAL EXPERIENCE
Leona Maguire has competed in three NCAA Regionals and turned in one victory as a freshman at the NCAA South Bend Regional, while also carding a tied seventh (2016) and tied sixth (2017) finish. Lisa Maguire will see action in her third NCAA Regional, after competing as a freshman (T76) and junior (T66).
Virginia Elena Carta has placed tied 18th as a sophomore and tied seventh as a rookie in the NCAA Regionals, while Ana Belac carded a tied fourth finish last year in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
IN THE DUKE RECORD BOOK
Leona Maguire continues to move up the Duke career record charts as she closes in on her final two tournaments -- wins (3rd, 10), top five finishes (2nd, 23), top 10 finishes (2nd, 34), top 20 finishes (3rd, 37), even or under par rounds (1st, 82), scoring average (1st, 70.97) and rounds in the 60s (T1st, 30).
On the freshman record list, Jaravee Boonchant ranks second in scoring average (71.30), third in even or under par rounds (19), tied seven in top 10 finishes (6) and tied seventh in top 20 finishes (8).
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 Oct. 23, 2005. Brooks passed Mark Gale of San Jose State who won 91 career tournaments from 1978-96.
Brooks now has 132 career tournament wins over his 34 seasons. He has guided Duke to at least one victory in 33 of his 34 years.
DUKE IN THE NCAA STATS
In the NCAA stats, Leona Maguire and the Blue Devils rank in numerous categories (information provided by Golfstat.com --
Average Score: 70.52 (4th)
Par 4 Scoring: 3.95 (2nd)
Fairway Percentage: 85.6 (18th)
Greens in Regulation: 76.5 (6th)
Average Putts: 30.41 (10th)
Putts on Greens in Regulation: 1.780 (1st)
Sand Saves: 57.9 (3rd)
Short Game Percentage: 57.0 (17th)
Eagles: 4 (T16th)
Greens in Regulation: 76.7 (4th)
Putts on Greens in Regulation: 1.853 (20th)
Greens in Regulation: 72.2 (15th)
Average Putts: 30.37 (9th)
Short Game Percentage: 65.8 (1st)
Par 4 Scoring: 4.04 (14th)
Eagles: 5 (T9th)
Putts on Greens in Regulation: 1.846 (15th)
Virginia Elena Carta
Greens in Regulation: 79.4 (2nd)
Sand Saves: 52.2 (7th)
Fairway Percentage: 85.9 (14th)
As a team, Duke ranks--
Average Score: 72.44 (3rd)
Par 3 Scoring: 3.14 (10th)
Par 4 Scoring: 4.09 (3rd)
Par 5 Scoring: 4.83 (4th)
Eagles: 11 (T7th)
Fairway Percentage: 80.0 (2nd)
Greens in Regulation: 71.9 (1st)
Average Putts: 31.30 (6th)
Putts on Greens in Regulation: 1.857 (3rd)
Sand Saves: 40.2 (2nd)
Short Game Percentage: 54.1 (1st)
BROOKS NETS 20TH ACC TITLE
With Dan Brooks collecting his 20th ACC title, it placed him in some pretty impressive company. Brooks now ranks tied second in league history for most ACC titles by a head coach behind only Anson Dorrance of North Carolina (22). Brooks is tied with Sully Krouse of Maryland (Wrestling) and Karen Shelton of North Carolina (Field Hockey).
A LOOK BACK AT LAST YEAR
Boosted by a team-best even-par round of 288 on the final day, Duke moved up to finish second overall at the NCAA Regional in Albuquerque, N.M., with a 54-hole ledger of 873. With the finish, the Blue Devils advanced to the NCAA Championship for the 29th time in school history.
After starting the tournament in tied sixth, the Blue Devils moved up to fourth after 36 holes and moved up to second after the three days to finish seven shots back of Stanford (873). Duke carded rounds of 297, 288 and 288 for a nine-over, 873.
Over the last 36 holes, the Blue Devils and Cardinal were tied with a 576 score at the 6,637-yard, par 72 The Championship Course at the University of New Mexico.
The other teams advancing on to the NCAA Championship were Pepperdine (879), Southern California (884), California (888) and Miami (888).
Duke freshman Ana Belac registered her first collegiate top-five finish as she posted rounds of 73, 71 and 70 for a two-under-par, 214, which was four shots off individual winner Albane Valenzuela of Stanford (210). Belac was one of only five golfers to finish under par in the field and led the field with 13 birdies over the 54 holes of play.
ROUNDS IN THE 60S
With her 30 career rounds in the 60s, Leona Maguire has tied a NCAA record along with former Duke standout Amanda Blumenherst (2006-09). Maguire will become the all-time record holder with one more as she heads to the NCAA regional.
NCAA Career Rounds in the 60s
30, Amanda Blumenherst, Duke (2006-09)
30, Leona Maguire, Duke (2015-present)
29, Ally McDonald, Mississippi State (2012-15)
28, Erynee Lee, UCLA (2011-15)
Duke features a very international flare to its 2017-18 roster with one golfer from Slovenia (Ana Belac), Italy (Virginia Elena Carta), Thailand (Jaravee Boonchant) and China (Miranda Wang), while two from Ireland (Lisa & Leona Maguire).
DUKE FEATURES SET OF TWINS
For the first time in school history, Duke features a set of twins with the senior tandem of Leona and Lisa Maguire. The duo is from Cavan, Ireland and have both competed in an incredible amount of international competition.
The Maguire twins combined to win 36 amateur events over their careers and have both played in the Curtis Cup.
THE HEAD COACH
Dan Brooks is in his 34th season as the head coach of the Blue Devils. The 1981 graduate of Oregon State has led Duke to 19 ACC Championships over the years. Brooks owns the school’s six National Championships in 1999, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2014.
Brooks’ teams have finished with a top-20 ranking 31 times (looking for the 32nd this season), while 20 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), 2013 (2nd), 2014 (1st), 2015 (semis) and 2016 (semis).
In 34 years, his teams have won 131 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, 2013 and 2014 ACC Coach of the Year for his efforts and 1999, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2007 and 2014 National Coach of the Year.
BLUE DEVILS ADD KIM FOR 2018-19
Two-time Rolex Junior All-America Gina Kim has signed a national letter of intent to play for Duke University women’s golf head coach Dan Brooks and the Blue Devil golf program. Kim, who is a native of Chapel Hill, N.C., will join Duke in the fall of 2018.
“We’re all very excited to welcome Gina onto our team and she’s excited to join us,” said Brooks. “Her enthusiasm for our team has been strong for years. That sort of passion for what we’re all about, combined with great talent, can lead to a lot of fun. I can’t wait for her to join us.”
A two-time winner on the AJGA at the 2016 Rolex Girls Junior Championship and 2014 AJGA Junior at Cattail Creek, Kim is currently ranked No. 6 overall in the Rolex AJGA ranking and fifth in the Golfweek listing. Over the last four AJGA events she has competed in, Kim has placed second twice, tied fourth and eighth with a 70.79 stroke average.
“Gina sets high standards for herself,” commented Brooks. “Her greatest strength is that she will do whatever it takes to improve. Consequently, she’s a very hard worker. Regarding her game, she has all the parts: she hits it hard, and has a solid short game.”
Kim was a Rolex Junior All-America honorable mention in 2015 and 2014, while collecting 23 top-10 finishes on the AJGA since 2012. The 5-6 senior at Chapel Hill H.S., was a member of the 2017 Junior Solheim Cup, 2016 Junior Ryder Cup as well as the 2016 and 2017 Wyndham Cup East Teams. Kim is a two-time North Carolina 3A State Champion and in 2016 finished at three-under-par to win by nine shots.
During the Junior Ryder Cup and Junior Solheim Cup over the last two summers, Kim registered a combined 4-1-1 record.
SIX-TIME NATIONAL CHAMPIONS
The Duke women’s golf team are six-time NCAA Champions. The Blue Devils won their first title in 1999, a second in 2002, third in 2005, fourth in 2006, fifth in 2007 and sixth in 2014. Duke became only the second team along with Arizona State to win three straight national titles (1995-97).
Virada Nirapathpongporn (2002), Candy Hannemann (2003), Anna Grzebien (2005) and Virginia Elena Carta (2016) each have won individual titles. The Blue Devils became only the third squad in NCAA history to post the individual champion in two straight years in 2001 and 2002.