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Blue Devil Golfers in the Pros
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 06/26/2019
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DURHAM, N.C. - With the collegiate season over and the professional seasons well underway, the Blue Devils are well represented in the LPGA and Symetra Tour fields. A host of former Duke golfers have been adding to their college accolades as the Blue Devils are the only school to feature a winner on both the LPGA (Celine Boutier) and Symetra Tour (Leona Maguire). Boutier and Yu Liu are both in the top 20 of the Race to CME Globe Season standings heading into the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship Presented by P&G, while Maguire ranks third in official prize money on the Symetra Tour while playing in two less events than the leader.

LPGA

Celine Boutier
Duke (2012-16)
2012-13 ACC Rookie of the Year
2013-14 National Player of the Year
2014-15 All-America

Since her rookie year in 2017, Boutier has made a strong impression on the tour. Her 2019 official money list of $441,696 is more than half of her career earnings of $761,273. She ranks in the top 20 in putts per GIR (1.79), 14th in sand saves at 56.14%, and 21st in birdies with 163. Boutier has recorded 24 rounds under par this year, 13 of them scored below a 70. She opened the year in first place as winner of the ISPS Handa Vic Open, shooting seven under through her four rounds thanks to a pair of 69s in the first and third round. Her next top 10 finish came at the U.S. Women’s Open at the end of May, fighting off a fourth round 75 (+4) to still grab a T5th finish (three behind leader), earning her $178,633 in prize money.

Boutier made the cut in the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, shooting five over after two rounds. Celine shot under par in the third round with a 71 before a two over 74 on the final day ended with a +6 score and tie for 53rd.

 









Lindy Duncan
Duke (2010-13)
2011-12 National Player of the Year

Lindy Duncan has carved out a respectable early career and season as the Duke graduate owns a career purse of $945,724 since her rookie year in 2014, including $104,908 in the 2019 season. Duncan ranks in the top 25 in greens in regulation, hitting it 72.46% of the time. She has recorded 15 rounds under par, six of them in the 60’s. Duncan has recorded 131 sub par holes, including a hole-in-one at the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give. Participating in the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship this past weekend, Duncan was unable to make the cut after shooting scores of 80 (+8) and 74 (+2).

 






Brittany Lang
2003-04 & 2004-05 All-America
2003-04 National Freshman of the Year

A veteran of the tour, Lang has compiled career earnings of $6,873,808 in her time as a professional, including $89,714 to date on the current season. She has completed 14 rounds under par and six rounds in the 60’s, including 111 birdies and two eagles. Her best finish of the season came this past weekend at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, where she finished ahead of all former Blue Devil golfers. Her rounds of 73 (+1), 71 (-1), 71 (-1) and 73 (+1) placed her in a T21 position, shooting even on the weekend.

 






Yu Liu
Duke (2013-14)
2013-14 ACC Rookie of the Year
2013-14 Second Team All-America

A strong showing on the LPGA this season, Liu ranks amongst the top 20 on the official money list at $500,579. The former Duke golfer ranks third on the tour in birdies (203) and sub par holes (207) while one of the most consistent on tour in sand saves at 58.73%, good for sixth. Her best finish on the season came in March, shooting 21 under in the Bank of Hope Founders Cup for a tied-second place finish. Liu has five top ten finishes on the year, including a tied-fifth finish at the U.S. Women’s Open that netted her $178,633 in official prize money.

Liu competed in the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship last weekend. After the first two rounds, Liu sat at +1 and sneaked into the weekend field by narrowly making the cut. Despite struggling with a 77 in the third round, Liu recovered on Sunday by shooting two under, earning her a T43rd finish at +4.



 




Symetra Tour

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

 

The Symetra Tour has been friendly to Maguire in the 2019 season as the former Blue Devil has mounted an impressive season thus far. She ranks third on tour in the official money list with current earnings of $75,654. Leona ranks first on tour in rounds under par (18) and rounds in the 60’s (10), a big reason for her two first place finishes on the year. Among her two victories (Symetra Classic and Windsor Golf Classic), she shot a 70 twice, with all four other rounds in the 60’s. After a tie for 25th in the opening event, Maguire strung off five straight top five finishes.

Maguire competed in the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship this past weekend. Unable to overcome her six-over 78 on Thursday, Maguire didn’t make the cut after shooting +8 after the opening two days.




Sandy Choi

Duke (2013-17)
3x All-ACC
2015-16 All-American Honorable Mention

In her second year on the Symetra Tour, Sandy Choi is yet another to represent the Duke Blue colors. The former Blue Devil boasts an 85.07% driving accuracy, seventh best on tour. Choi has recorded 61 sub par holes, including a lone eagle. Collecting two top-ten finishes in her early career, her high finish in 2019 has been a T25 result in the Murphy USA El Dorado Shootout in late April, taking home a respectable $1,600 from official prize money. She did not participate in the KPMG Women's PGA Championship. 




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