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Blue Devil Golfers in the Pros Update
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 09/07/2018
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DURHAM, N.C. – As the collegiate golf season begins to pick up with the return of fall, nine Duke women’s golf alumnae have been hitting the greens all summer as professional players on both the LPGA and Symetra Tour. With three rookie golfers beginning their careers and six returning professionals, there is no shortage of Blue Devil faces amongst the professionals.

LPGA
Laetitia Beck
Duke (2011-14)
2012-13 & 2013-14 All-America
Continuing her fourth season in the LPGA, Beck has notched 190 subpar holes, with 19 rounds under par and nine rounds in the 60’s. In her 22 events played this season, Beck has made the cut in 11 events. Her highest finish was 10th earlier this year in the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic, with her second highest finish occurring during May at the Kingsmill Championship presented by Geico, where she placed T25th and shot five under. Beck’s scoring average is 72.21, ranking her 105th, and her putting average of 29.38 places her at a solid 32nd on the tour. On the official money list, Beck is 104th with total earnings this season of $93,269.


Celine Boutier
Duke (2012-16)
2012-13 ACC Rookie of the Year
2013-14 National Player of the Year
2014-15 All-America
After Boutier’s impressive Symetra Tour performance in 2017, which culminated in her becoming the third member of the tour to exceed $100,000 in earnings for a single season, she has joined the LPGA to further her golf career. Boutier has played 21 events and recorded 207 subpar holes, 28 rounds under par, and 13 rounds in the 60’s. Her highest finish to date is T12th at the Volunteers of America LPGA Texas Classic, with 15th place finishes occurring in April and most recently in June at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G. Boutier’s appearance at the CP Women’s Open saw her finishing four rounds to place T64th with a scoring average of 71.596. Her most recent performance at the Cambia Portland Classic resulted in a T21st finish, with shooting four under par over four rounds of play. She features a scoring average of 71.56, and her 29.36 putting average places her 31st on the tour. Boutier has earned $154,610, making her 81st on the official money list.



Lindy Duncan
Duke (2010-13)
2011-12 National Player of the year
As a Duke veteran on the LPGA tour, Duncan has earned $752,009 over her career. This season, Duncan has accumulated 266 subpar holes, 46 rounds under par, and 26 rounds in the 60’s. Her subpar holes rank her 15th on the tour, and her birdies (263) rank 13th. In 21 events played, Duncan has recorded three top-ten finishes, including a 2nd place finish at the Volunteers of America LPGA Texas Classic and a T4th finish at the LPGA Volvik Championship. At the CP Women’s Open, Duncan finished T23rd, having shot eight under par and earning $21,860 for her performance. With her current earnings of $446,053, Duncan is 33rd on the official money list and also resides at 38th on the Rolex Player of the Year leaderboard.



Brittany Lang
2003-04 & 2004-05 All-America
2003-04 National Freshman of the Year
Following a slow start, Lang has been recently improving her 2018 LPGA Tour performance. She has recorded 165 subpar holes, 20 rounds under par, and 11 rounds in the 60’s in 21 events. In two recent performances at the Indy Women in Tech Championship driven by Group 1001 and the CP Women’s Open, Duncan made the cut in both appearances, finishing a combined eight rounds at T44th and T57th, respectively. Both tournaments saw her shooting 67 (-5) in one of the rounds, meeting her previous season high recorded at the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic. Despite Lang’s current position of 134th on the official money list, her 14-year career has resulted in $6,772,161 in earnings and many notable successes, including six top-20 finishes in 2017.


Yu Liu
Duke (2013-14)
2013-14 ACC Rookie of the Year
2013-14 Second Team All-America
Coming off her fifth place finish on the Symetra Tour money list, Liu has been experiencing success in her rookie season on the LPGA. In 21 events, Liu has notched 253 subpar holes, 41 rounds under par, and 24 rounds in the 60’s. Her records for eagles, subpar holes, greens in regulation, and birdies all rank in the top-30 for the tour, with her seven eagles placing her at an impressive 10th. She also features a solid 70.83 scoring average, which is 31st on the tour. These performance stats have positioned Liu in 3rd place on the Rolex Rookie of the Year leaderboard. She has made the cut in 16 tournaments, with her highest finish (3rd) occurring at the Volunteers of America LPGA Texas Classic. Recently, Liu placed T7th in the Ricoh Women’s British Open after shooting eight under par, an exciting finish for her first appearance in a major. With $333,341, Liu sits at 49th on the official money list.



Alejandra Cangrejo
Duke (2011-14)
2012-13 Honorable Mention All-America
With appearances in 12 events, Cangrejo’s fourth season on the Symetra Tour has featured 59 subpar holes, three rounds under par, 58 birdies, and a scoring average of 74.40. After sinking a hole-in-one, Cangrejo is tied for first on the tour in that category. Cangrejo holds a sand save percentage of 67.86 and an average driving distance of 262.90 yards, placing her at a solid 13th and 42nd rank. Her best performance this season came at The Forsyth Classic, where she finished T50th after shooting three under par over three rounds.


Leona Maguire
Duke (2014-18)
2014-15 National Freshman of the Year
2014-15 & 2016-17 National Player of the year
2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17, & 2017-18 All-America
Leona Maguire began her professional career this season as a rookie member of the 2018 Symetra Tour. In eight events, Maguire has notched 63 subpar holes, 12 rounds under par, and eight rounds in the 60’s. With one hole-in-one, Maguire is tied for first in that category on the tour. Her sand save percentage (75.00%) ranks her in 5th on the tour, with her scoring average (70.59) and rounds in the 60’s (8) placing her in 6th in both categories. In her debut as a professional, Maguire shot ten under par, finishing at an impressive T3rd in The Forsyth Classic. She matched her debut finish this past week at the Sioux Falls GreatLIFE Challenge, where she shot six under to place again at T3rd. Maguire’s first round performance of 65 (-5) marks her best round score to date on the tour. Her total earnings of $21,156 place her at 37th on the official money list.





Lisa Maguire
Duke (2014-18)
Alongside her sister Leona, Lisa Maguire began her professional career at the ShopRite LPGA Classic earlier this year. Although she did not make the cut, Maguire’s debut performance featured 16 holes even or under par, with an eagle occurring during the second round. Maguire has since competed in three Symetra Tour events, the Decatur-Forsyth Classic, the Donald Ross Classic, and the Danielle Downey Classic, but has not yet made the cut in a professional tournament.



Sandy Choi
Duke 2013-17
2015-16 Honorable Mention All-America
Choi began her professional career this season as a rookie on the Symetra Tour. She has accumulated 91 subpar holes, 11 rounds under par, and four rounds in the 60’s. Her impressive driving accuracy percentage (87.12%) places her at 2nd on the tour for this category. Choi made her professional debut at the Florida’s Natural Charity Classic, where she placed T46th. She has finished even or under par in five of her appearances, and features solid putting, with a 15th rank for her 30.03 average. At the recent PHC classic, Choi finished T16th, her best performance to date. Over the three rounds of that tournament, Choi shot 210, finishing six under par, and shot 67 (-5) in the second round, a career high for individual round scoring. With her making the cut in six of her 16 appearances, Choi is steadily working towards an exciting career in professional golf.

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