2019 ACC Championship
April 18-20, 2019 • Greensboro, N.C.
Sedgefield Country Club
54 Holes Stroke Play
***Update - Due to forecasted inclement weather Friday, the tournament will now feature a 36-hole shotgun start Thursday beginning at 8:30 a.m. No golf will be played Friday and the final round will be played as normal Saturday.
DUKE HEADS TO ACC CHAMPIONSHIP LOOKING FOR 22nd TITLE
The top-ranked Duke women’s golf team will head to the ACC Championship this week in search of its 22nd title in school history. The championship will take place from April 18-20 and will be contested at the 6,080-yard, par 72 Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C..
The Blue Devils move to postseason action winners of two tournaments this season – Tar Heel Invitational and Landfall Tradition.
The format of the championship will feature 18 holes each day with tee times beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday. Thursday’s first round features No. 10 Virginia Tech, No. 11 Notre Dame and No. 12 Boston College off No. 1 at 9 a.m., while No. 4 Virginia, No. 5 Miami and No. 6 Clemson will open on No. 10 at 9 a.m. The second wave will go at 9:50 a.m., with No. 7 North Carolina, No. 8 Louisville and No. 9 NC State off No. 1 and No. 1 Duke, No. 2 Wake Forest and No. 3 Florida State off No. 10 at the same time.
The 2019 event will mark the 31st ACC Championship in league history and the ninth appearance at Sedgefield Country Club. It returns to Sedgefield for the first time since 2016, where Virginia had won in both 2015 and 2016. Duke has won the title in three of eight appearances in the championship located at Sedgefield (2014, 2013, 2012).
The Blue Devils have had a history of success at the ACC Championship, claiming 21 titles in program history, including five out of the last seven years (2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018). Duke has also collected ACC Individual Champions in 14 of the past 20 events. Head coach Dan Brooks has led the squad to 20 of the 21 championships over his 35 seasons at Duke.
Duke, who is currently listed at No. 1 in the most recent Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index, will be joined in the championship by nine other teams tabbed in the top 50 rankings including No. 3 Wake Forest, No. 14 Florida State, No. 17 Virginia, No. 20 Miami, No. 29 Clemson, No. 35 North Carolina, No. 40 Louisville and No. 48 NC State.
Fans will be able to follow the action with live scoring at www.GolfStat.com as well as ACC Network Extra coverage beginning at 2 p.m. ,on Friday and 1:30 p.m., on Saturday. Roy Philpott (PXP) and Donna Andrews (Analyst) will call the action. Fans can also follow along on Twitter (@DukeWGOLF & @ACCWGolf), Instagram (DukeWGolf) and Facebook.
THE DUKE LINEUP
Duke will feature a lineup of senior Virginia Elena Carta, junior Ana Belac, sophomore Jaravee Boonchant, redshirt sophomore Miranda Wang and freshman Gina Kim. The Blue Devils have featured this lineup in all seven tournaments this season.
BIRDIES FOR BABIES
Spearheaded by senior Virginia Elena Carta, the Blue Devils have continued their fundraising program benefitting the Duke Children’s Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care Units called Birdies for Babies. In the second year, Duke has raised nearly $18,000 so far this season, which includes the Blue Devil men’s golf program in 2018-19. Over the first two years of the program, it has raised nearly $30,000.
Those looking to support the 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/
IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
Duke is currently ranked No. 1 in the latest Golfweek, No. 2 in the WGCA Coaches Poll and No. 3 in the GolfStat.com ledgers.
Individually, in the Golfweek rankings -- Jaravee Boonchant (9), Virginia Elena Carta (28), Ana Belac (30) and Gina Kim (34) are in the top 35. In the GolfStat.com listing, Boonchant (8), Carta (34), Kim (35) and Belac (36) are ranked.
Duke is the only ACC school to feature four golfers in the top 36 of the Golfweek and GolfStat rankings.
• Duke led after round one of each of the first four tournaments, but won only two of those - Tar Heel Invitational and Landfall Tradition.
• The Blue Devils currently have four players with stroke averages of 73.10 or better. Duke has never finished a season with more than three players averaging 73.10 or better.
• Miranda Wang owns a 72.5 stroke average over the last four rounds she has played, which includes a career-best final round of 68 at the Evans Derby Experience.
• Duke has yet to finish in any place higher than sixth this season. If the Blue Devils finish the season like this, it will be the seventh time the Duke team finished within the top six in every tournament they played in and the first time since 2013-14
• The Blue Devils trailed by nine shots heading into the final round at the Landfall Tradition, but shot six-under-par over the final six holes to win the tournament over Arkansas.
• Junior Ana Belac led the field through 36 holes and held a three-stroke lead through nine holes of the final round, but was seven-over-par on the back to finish in a tie for eighth.
• Duke turned in a fourth place finish at the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate even though Ana Belac and Gina Kim were sick and Virginia Elena Carta came down with a muscle strain in the practice round.
• The 17-under-par ledger at the Tar Heel Intercollegiate tied a Duke 18-hole record of 271. It was tied for the second-lowest round in Tar Heel Invite history.
• Junior Ana Belac owns a team-best five rounds in the 60s this season and a total of 15 over her career, which ranks tied for sixth on Duke’s all-time charts.
• Freshman Miranda Wang will see action in her first ACC Championship, after missing last season with a knee injury.
• Duke features a 285.57 stroke average in round one, but owns averages of 290.71 in round two and 292.00 in round three.
• The Blue Devils are the only school nationally to feature a winner on both the LPGA and Symetra Tours in 2019. Celine Boutier won the ISPS Handa Vic Open in Australia, while Leona Maguire Windsor Golf Classic on the Symetra Tour. Yu Liu also finished runner up at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup on the LPGA. Maguire now leads the Symetra Tour money list with $36,510 earnings.
NO. 1 RANKED BLUE DEVILS
The Blue Devils returned to No. 1 in the Golfweek rankings with the March 19 poll. Duke has been ranked No. 1 at least one week a total of 11 times over the last 19 seasons.
Duke returned to No. 1 for the first time since the 2015-16 campaign and have been tops nationally in 2012-13, 2007-08, 2006-07, 2005-06, 2004-05, 2003-04, 2002-03, 2001-02 and 2000-01.
AGAINST THE ACC
Duke currently features an 18-3 head-to-head ledger against teams from the ACC -- Clemson (2-0), Florida State (0-2), Louisville (2-0), Miami (1-0), North Carolina (4-0), NC State (3-0), Notre Dame (1-0), Virginia (3-0) and Wake Forest (2-1).
AUGUSTA NATIONAL WOMEN’S AMATEUR
Duke featured five golfers competing in the inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship held in Augusta, Ga. With five golfers competing, it was tied for the most from a school along with Arizona State.
Jaravee Boonchant and Erica Shepherd made the cut and became two of the first 30 females to play in a competitive round at Augusta National.
Go in depth with the Blue Devils to see how many birdies, greens, fairways and putts they average during rounds in 2018-19.
CARTA, KIM TIE FOR FIRST AT LANDFALL
Duke senior Virginia Elena Carta and freshman Gina Kim closed the Landfall Tradition in a tie for first, individually, with an even-par, 216. The victory for Carta was her second collegiate win and Kim’s win was the first of her short career.
Carta carded rounds of 72, 72 and 72 for a 216, while Kim signed for rounds of 74, 73 and 69 for a 216.
BLUE DEVILS WIN TAR HEEL & LANDFALL TITLES
After falling behind by nine heading into the final round of the Landfall Tradition in Wilmington, N.C., the fourth-ranked Duke women’s golf team carded a Sunday-best three-under, 285, to catapult into the lead late in the round. The Blue Devils passed second round leader, Arkansas, and concluded with a two-shot victory at the 6,166-yard, par 72 Country Club of Landfall Dye Course.
Duke senior Virginia Elena Carta and freshman Gina Kim finished the weekend tied for first, individually, with an even-par, 216. The victory for Carta was her second collegiate win and Kim’s win was the first of her short career.
The Blue Devils finished with rounds of 297, 297 and 285 to finish with an 878, which were two shots better than South Carolina (881). Arkansas (892), Virginia (892) and Michigan (896) rounded out the top five teams. It marks the third time over the last four seasons Duke has won the team title (2017, 2015).
Duke made the late charge featuring a six-under-par ledger over the final six holes to complete the comeback. The victory concludes the fall season with the Blue Devils winning each of their final two tournaments.
Tar Heel Intercollegiate
For the fifth time out of the last six years and the 16th time in school history, Duke women’s golf captured the Ruth’s Chris Tar Heel Invitational title as the Blue Devils carded a 14-under-par, 850, over three days to win by six strokes at the 6,379-yard, par 72 Finley Golf Course in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Boosted by a 17-under, 271, on day one, the Blue Devils turned in rounds of 290 and 289 over the next two days to finish with the win over sixth-ranked Virginia (856). Ninth-ranked Arkansas (859), South Carolina (866), Wake Forest (868), Vanderbilt (877), Clemson (886), North Carolina (886), Michigan State (887) and Louisville (890) closed out the top 10 teams. The 54-hole ledger of 850 was the tied for third-lowest score in Tar Heel Invitational history.
The Blue Devils featured three golfers in the top eight of the individual leaderboard.
A total of 13 different Blue Devils have won ACC individual titles -- Mary Anne Widman, 1984; Evelyn Orley, 1985; Kathi Poppmeier, 1994; Jenny Chuasiriporn, 1996 and 1997; Beth Bauer, 1999; Maria Garcia-Estrada, 2000; Virada Nirapathpongporn, 2001; Candy Hannemann, 2002; Brittany Lang, 2004 and 2005; Amanda Blumenherst, 2006, 2007 & 2008 Lindy Duncan, 2012; Celine Boutier, 2014; Leona Maguire, 2015, 2017 and 2018.
As a team, Duke has won 21 ACC titles -- 1984, 1985, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017 and 2018. The Blue Devils won 13 in a row from 1996-2008.
ACC CHAMPIONSHIP EXPERIENCE
Virginia Elena Carta has placed tied fifth as a junior, 17th as a sophomore and tied 10th as a rookie in the ACC Championship, while Ana Belac carded a tied for third placement as a sophomore and 14th finish as a rookie in the ACCs. Jaravee Boonchant tied for first a year ago at the ACC Championship, before falling in a playoff to teammate Leona Maguire.
As a freshman, Carta competed in the ACC Championship at Sedgefield Country Club and totaled rounds of 74, 73 and 72 for a 219, which was tied 10th.
A LOOK BACK AT LAST YEAR
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 6,122-yard, par 72 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 and Boonchant were back and forth all day, after Maguire opened the final round with a one stroke advantage at six-under-par. After a bogey on the first hole by Maguire, the duo was even at 5-under-par. Maguire went back ahead with a two-foot birdie on No. 2. Both golfers suffered bogeys on the challenging fifth hole, but Boonchant would take her first lead of the tournament on the 510-yard, par five sixth hole as she chipped in for her team-best fifth eagle of the season. A native of Bangkok, Thailand, Boonchant used her 60-degree wedge from 27 yards to move ahead by one stroke.
Both Blue Devils suffered three-putt bogeys on No. 12 and then notched four straight pars. Boonchant had a bogey on No. 17 to even the ledger at five-under with one hole remaining. Heading to the par five 18th, Boonchant connected on a four-footer for birdie to move ahead by one stroke as Maguire looked on. Maguire, who hails from Cavan, Ireland, hit a great shot from the rough down the fairway. With 72 yards remaining and needing a birdie to send it to a playoff, Maguire came through big time as she hit her 52-degree wedge to two feet and connected on her 11th birdie of the tournament.
The Duke golfers went back to the No. 18 tee box and both had good drives, before it looked like Maguire had the advantage as Boonchant hit approach into the green long, while Maguire was approximately 12 feet away for birdie. Boonchant hit a perfect chip to eight feet and needed to make that for par. After Maguire missed her birdie chance and made par, Boonchant rattled in an eight-footer to send the match to another playoff hole.
On the second playoff hole, Maguire’s chip into the green came up short and left her with a 12-footer for birdie and Boonchant had a seven-footer for birdie. Maguire missed her putt and Boonchant had hers left to clinch her first collegiate victory. Boonchant just missed and sent it to a third playoff hole, which was at the par four 17th.
On the third playoff hole, Boonchant found the left fairway bunker and had to chip out into the fairway. Maguire’s drive found the fairway and was left with a 15-foot birdie putt, which just missed. It all came down to Boonchant as she needed to drain a 10-foot par putt that slid just left and Maguire won the title.
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.
Belac, a native of Portoroz, Slovenia, finished her solid week with rounds of 70, 74 and 70 for a two-under, 214, which tied third. She kicked off her day with a par on No. 1 and then sank a three-footer for birdie on the 495-yard, par five third hole. Belac had six straight pars and then had her only bogey of the day on No. 9. On the back, she hit all nine greens in regulation and played it at two-under, 34. Belac rolled in an eight-foot birdie on No. 11 and then registered a 25-foot birdie on No. 14 to get to two-under-par for the day. She had birdie chances on each of the final three holes, but missed three putts under 10 feet. Belac hit a team-best 17 greens, 11 fairways and had 33 putts.
Just her second tournament of the spring, Carta continued to impress as she placed tied fifth with rounds of 75, 70 and 71 for an even-par, 216. Carta, who is from Udine, Italy, posted a 20-foot birdie on No. 3 to move to one-under and after a bogey on No. 5 she got back into the red with a five-footer for birdie on No. 6. Carta suffered bogeys on No. 10 and No. 12, but would go on to finish strong. She two-putted for birdie from 20 feet on No. 13 and hit her approach on No. 17 to two feet and sank the birdie putt. Carta then was on the par five 18th green in two and drained her first eagle of the season from 10 feet to finish four-under over the final six holes. She hit 15 greens on the day.
Senior Lisa Maguire finished the 54 holes with a 79 on Monday and was tied 40th overall with a 229. She collected birdies on No. 2 from 10 feet and was just off the green on No. 5 and rolled in a second birdie. Maguire had only 29 putts on the day and closed with nine pars over her final 11 holes.
Duke features a very international flare to its 2018-19 roster with one golfer from Slovenia (Ana Belac), Italy (Virginia Elena Carta), Thailand (Jaravee Boonchant) and China (Miranda Wang).
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 135 career tournament wins over his 35 seasons. He has guided Duke to at least one victory in 34 of his 35 years.
THE HEAD COACH
Dan Brooks is in his 35th season as the head coach of the Blue Devils. The 1981 graduate of Oregon State has led Duke to 20 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 32 times (looking for the 32nd this season), while 21 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), 2016 (semis) and 2018 (6th).
In 35 years, his teams have won 135 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.
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.