2019 NCAA Championship
May 17-22, 2019 • Fayetteville, Ark.
The Blessings Golf Club
72-Holes of Stroke Play Followed by Match Play
DUKE SET TO TRAVEL TO FAYETTEVILLE FOR 2019 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP
In search of its seventh NCAA Championship, the third-ranked Duke women’s golf team will hit the road for Fayetteville, Ark., for the 2019 NCAA Championship May 17-22 at the 6,473-yard, par 73 The Blessings Golf Club.
Participating in the championship will be -- Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, Auburn, Central Florida, Duke, Florida, Florida State, Illinois, Indiana, Mississippi, Kent State, Northwestern, Purdue, San Jose State, Southern California, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas, UCLA, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Wake Forest and Washington.
Duke will tee off Friday, May 17 at 12:55 p.m. (ET) in the first round off No. 10, followed by an 8:15 a.m., tee time Saturday, May 18 off the No. 1 tee box. The Blue Devils are paired with Southern California and Texas in the first two rounds.
For the fifth straight year, the championship will feature a different look as there will be 54 holes of stroke play qualifying and then the top 15 teams and nine individuals (not on advancing teams) will play a final 18 holes to determine the individual champion and the top eight teams will advance to match play. On May 21 there will be 36 holes of match play and then the match play championship will take place May 22.
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 nine 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 $20,985 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 over $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. 3 in the latest Golfweek, No. 3 in the WGCA Coaches Poll and No. 3 in the GolfStat.com ledgers.
Individually, in the Golfweek rankings -- Jaravee Boonchant (9), Ana Belac (29), Virginia Elena Carta (43), and Gina Kim (49) are in the top 50. In the GolfStat.com listing, Boonchant (4), Kim (38), Belac (45), Carta (50) are ranked.
Duke is the only ACC school to feature four golfers in the top 50 of the Golfweek rankings. The Blue Devils are tied for the most golfers in the top 50 in Golfweek ledger -- (Southern California - 4, Duke - 4).
The Golf Channel will feature extensive coverage of the championship beginning Monday, May 20. Here is a full listing of the coverage --
Monday, May 20 - 4:00-8:00 PM: Live coverage
Tuesday, May 21 - 11:00-1:30 PM: Live coverage match play quarterfinals
4:00-8:00 PM: Live coverage match play semifinals
Wednesday, May 22 - 4:00-8:00 PM: Live coverage match play championship
Fans can also follow along on Twitter (@DukeWGOLF), Instagram (DukeWGolf) and Facebook (DukeWGolf) for coverage of the championship.
Live scoring will be available via www.GolfStat.com.
GREENS IN REGULATION
Since arriving on campus in Durham four years ago, Duke senior Virginia Elena Carta has averaged 14.3 greens hit. Her 14.8 average in 2015-16 is the best average for a Blue Devil since Duke started keeping the records in 2010-11.
She is averaging 14.1 in 2018-19 as well, which ranks tied fifth.
Best Average Greens Hit in Duke History
14.8, Virginia Elena Carta (2015-16)
14.3, Leona Maguire (2017-18)
14.3, Virginia Elena Carta (2017-18)
14.2, Leona Maguire (2014-15)
14.1, Virginia Elena Carta (2018-19)
14.1, Virginia Elena Carta (2016-17)
14.1, Leona Maguire (2016-17)
13.9, Yu Liu (2013-14)
13.7, Ana Belac (2017-18)
13.5, Celine Boutier (2014-15)
TOP 10 FINISHES AT NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
Duke owns the second-most top 10 finishes in the NCAA Championship since 2004 as the Blue Devils have totaled 12.
Top 10 Finishes Since 2004
1. Southern California 13
2. Duke 12
3. UCLA 10
Arizona State 10
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP EXPERIENCE
Virginia Elena Carta has placed tied for 69th as a junior, tied 95th as a sophomore and won the individual title as a freshman in record fashion. She shot rounds of 69, 68, 66 and 69 for a 16-under-par, 272, to win.
Ana Belac carded a tied for 27th placement last season and tied for 89th finish in Sugar Grove, Ill., as a rookie.
Jaravee Boonchant posted a tied for 27th finish a year go in Stillwater, Okla., with rounds of 74, 72, 72 and 75 for a 293.
MOST NCAA TITLES BY A COACH
Duke head coach Dan Brooks owns six NCAA Championships over his career with the Blue Devils. The six titles ranks as the most by a women’s golf coach in NCAA history.
Most NCAA Titles in NCAA History
1. 6 Dan Brooks, Duke
2. 5 Linda Vollstedt, Arizona State
3. 3 Mark Gale, San Jose State
3 Andrea Gaston, Southern California (now at Texas A&M)
DUKE’S 31ST NCAA APPEARANCE
The Blue Devils will be making their 31st appearance in the NCAA Championship, which ranks tied for fourth.
NCAA All-Time Appearances
1. 35 Arizona State
2. 34 Stanford
3. 32 Southern California
4. 31 Arizona
MOST TOP 5 FINISHES
Duke owns 16 all-time top five finishes in the NCAA Championship, which ranks fourth all-time in NCAA history.
Most NCAA Championship Top Five Finishes
1. 19 Southern California
2. 18 Arizona State
3. 17 UCLA
4. 16 Duke
• In the last 17 appearances at the NCAA Championship, Duke has placed in the top 10 in 15 of those. The only exceptions were a 15th place ledger in 2012 and 18th in 2017.
• Freshman Gina Kim is coming off a tied for sixth placement at the Auburn Regional with rounds of 73, 70 and 71 for a two-under, 214. It marked her third top six finish of her short career.
• The Blue Devils have averaged 15.8 birdies in the first round of tournaments in 2018-19 and then averaged 13.4 in the second and 11.7 in the third round.
• For only the fifth time in school history, Duke will play in a NCAA Championship with a par of 73. It will mark the first since 1994 with the other years being 1987, 1986 and 1984. The NCAA Championship will play on a par 73 or higher for only the seventh time since 1983.
• Senior Virginia Elena Carta graduated from Duke on Sunday, May 12 with a degree in environmental sciences and policy. She won the Sara LaBoskey Award in 2018-19, which recognizes an environmental sciences and policy major for personal integrity and academic excellence.
• Over her first two seasons, Jaravee Boonchant has totaled a 71.79 stroke average to go along with 12 top 10 finishes. She has counted 60-of-61 career rounds.
• Duke was seeded No. 1 in the Auburn Regional marking the 12th time over the last 19 years the Blue Devils have been a No. 1 seed. Other years the Blue Devils have been seeded No. 1 a total of 13 times -- 2019, 2014, 2013, 2010, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2001, 2000, 1993.
• The Blue Devils have led after round one of each of the first four tournaments, but won only two of those - Tar Heel Invitational and Landfall Tradition.
• Duke’s 10 NCAA Regional titles are the second most by a school -- 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2014 and 2018. Southern California owns the most by any school (13).
• 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 at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate.
• 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 six rounds in the 60s this season and a total of 16 over her career, which ranks sixth on Duke’s all-time charts.
• Sophomore Miranda Wang will see action in her first NCAA Championship, after missing last season with a knee injury. She placed tied for 28th at the NCAA Regional with rounds of 73, 75 and 75.
• Duke features a 286.44 stroke average in round one, but owns averages of 290.44 in round two and 291.33 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 ranks second the Symetra Tour money list with $47,540 earnings.
KIM HEADS BACK TO ARKANSAS
Duke freshman Gina Kim will head back to The Blessings Golf Club in Arkansas for the first time since 2015, when she placed second at the KPMG Stacy Lewis Junior All-Star Invitational in June.
She finished second out of 32 golfers with rounds of 72, 75 and 75 for a 222.
BOONCHANT ENTERS NATIONALS ON FIRE
When teams travel to the NCAA Championship, you want your golfers to be playing their best golf. Duke junior Jaravee Boonchant is doing that as she is coming off notching back-to-back top four finishes at the ACC Championship and NCAA Auburn Regional.
Boonchant turned in rounds of 72, 74 and 67 for a three-under, 213 at the ACCs and then backed that up with rounds of 72, 71 and 70 for a three-under, 213, at Auburn.
She owns a stroke average of 71.00 over the last two tournaments, including five of the six rounds at even or under par.
KIM QUALIFIES FOR U.S. WOMEN’S OPEN
With rounds of 67 and 75 on April 29, Duke freshman Gina Kim received one of two 2019 U.S. Women’s Open qualifying spots at Starmount Forest Country Club in Greensboro, N.C. It will mark Kim’s second straight appearance in the U.S. Women’s Open.
A native of Chapel Hill, N.C., Kim posted a two-under-par, 142, and finished in a tie for second along with Heather Young, but advanced in a playoff. On the par three 10th, Kim placed her 6-iron from 160 yards to nine feet and sank the birdie putt to earn the final spot in the playoff. Jennifer Kupcho turned in a three-under, 141, to earn the other slot.
Kim’s first round of five-under-par, 67, was the low round of the day. She registered six birdies in the round.
In the 2018 U.S. Women’s Open, Kim missed the cut with rounds of 72 and 79 at Shoal Creek in Alabama.
Currently, Duke will feature seven golfers in the U.S. Open -- Lindy Duncan, Celine Boutier, Brittany Lang, Yu Liu, Leona Maguire and Megan Furtney.
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 FIELD
Duke currently features an 31-16-2 head-to-head ledger against teams in the NCAA Championship -- Arizona (1-1), Arizona State (1-1), Arkansas (4-0-1), Auburn (4-0), Florida (2-1), Florida State (0-4), Kent State (1-0), Northwestern (2-1), Purdue (2-0), Southern California (1-2), Stanford (1-0), Tennessee (1-0), Texas (0-2-1), UCLA (1-1), Vanderbilt (2-1), Virginia (5-0), Wake Forest (2-2) and Washington (1-0).
CARTA RECEIVES SPONSOR EXEMPTION
Following the NCAA Championship in Arkansas, Duke senior Virginia Elena Carta will participate in the 2019 ShopRite LPGA Classic, which will take place June 3-9 at Seaview in Galloway, N.J. Carta has yet to decide when she will officially turn professional.
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.
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.
A LOOK BACK AT LAST YEAR
For the third time out of the last four years, the Duke women’s golf team advanced to the match play portion of the 2018 NCAA Championship as the Blue Devils finished 72 holes of stroke play in sixth overall with a four-day total of 1,182 at the 6,328-yard, par 72 Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla.
Duke went on to face third-seeded Southern California and dropped a 3-1-1 decision in the quarterfinals of match play.
It marked the 16th time in school history the Blue Devils finished in the top 16 of the NCAA Championship.
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.
FOUR BLUE DEVILS EARN ALL-ACC
In a vote of the league’s 12 head coaches, Duke received four golfers on the All-ACC Team with senior Virginia Elena Carta, junior Ana Belac, sophomore Jaravee Boonchant and freshman Gina Kim on the 15-person squad.
It marks the 14th time in school history the Blue Devils have registered four or more All-ACC selections in a single season – 2018, 2017, 2016, 2013, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999.
With Carta earning four All-ACC selections over her career, she joined the likes of Leona Maguire, Celine Boutier, Laetitia Beck, Lindy Duncan, Amanda Blumenherst, Jenny Chuasiriporn, Anna Grzebien, Candy Hannemann, Leigh Anne Hardin, Jennie Lee, Virada Nirapathpongporn, Jennifer Pandolfi and Liz Janangelo as the only four-time All-ACC selections in Blue Devil history.
FORMER NCAA INDIVIDUAL CHAMPION CARTA RETURNS
Virginia Elena Carta had one of the most impressive NCAA Tournament runs in the history of the tournament in 2016 cruising to the NCAA individual title with a NCAA-record 16-under-par 72-hole ledger. Her eight-shot margin was the largest dating back to 2000, became the first freshman to win her first collegiate tournament at NCAAs since 1998 and was the eighth freshman to win the NCAA individual title.
Carta totaled rounds of 69, 68, 66 and 69 over the four days of action. The win remains Carta’s lone victory over her three years at Duke.
Carta went on to finish as the runner-up at the U.S. Women’s Amateur the summer after as she dropped a 1-up decision to Eun Jeong Seong at the Rolling Green Golf Club in Springfield, Pa.
FURTNEY, SHEPHERD WIN U.S. AMATEUR FOUR-BALL
In a very impressive display of golf all week, Duke women’s golf incoming freshmen Megan Furtney and Erica Shepherd capped it by claiming the U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship May 1 at the Timuquana Country Club in Jacksonville, Fla.
The Blue Devil duo posted a 2&1 victory over 27th seeded Jillian Bourdage and Casey Weidenfeld in a match they never trailed.
BLUE DEVILS ADD FURTNEY, SHEPHERD FOR 2019-20
Duke women’s golf head coach Dan Brooks has announced the signing of two standout golfers in the early signing period as Greenwood, Ind., product Erica Shepherd and St. Charles, Ill., native Megan Furtney will join the Blue Devils for the 2019-20 campaign.
The duo has combined to win six tournaments, finish in the top 10 of 33 AJGA tournaments the last five years and earn six Rolex Junior All-American accolades over their amateur career.
Shepherd, who is currently ranked No. 3 in the Golfweek rankings, No. 4 in the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) and No. 2 in the Junior Golf Scoreboard in the class of 2019 listing, owns an impressive resume including three victories along with being named a Rolex Junior All-American on four occasions, including two first team accolades.
In 2017, Shepherd earned the victory at the 2017 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship, while also winning the 2016 AJGA Junior All-Star at the Virtues and the 2016 AJGA Junior All-Star Invitational. She owns 17 top 10 finishes and 14 top five placements on the AJGA over the last four years. Shepherd was also runner-up at the 2017 Rolex Girls Junior Championship, 2018 AJGA Polo Golf Junior Classic and the 2018 The Ping Invitational.
Shepherd has competed in 10 USGA Championships including the U.S. Women’s Open (2018, 2016). She has been on the national stage numerous times as she played on the 2018 Junior Ryder Cup, 2017 & 2018 Wyndham Cup, 2017 World Junior Girls Championship and 2017 Ping Junior Solheim Cup.
In 2018 alone, Shepherd has tallied four top 10 finishes, including five rounds in the 60’s. Shepherd’s best tournament score of 2018 came at the Girls Junior PGA Championship with a four-day ledger of 273, including a first round score of 65.
She qualified for the semifinals of the 2018 Women’s Four Ball Championship alongside future Duke teammate, Furtney, and advanced to the semifinals. Shepherd has also competed on the LPGA twice at the 2018 and 2017 LPGA IWIT Championship where she made the 36-hole cut both occasions.
She is a three-time Center Grove High School Academic Achievement Award winner and a member of the 2017 AJGA Transamerica Scholastic Honor Roll. Shepherd was also the 2015 and 2016 Indiana Girl’s State Junior Champion.
Another three-time medalist on the AJGA, Furtney collected six top 11 placements on the AJGA in 2018, including eight rounds in the 60s. She owns victories at the 2018 Bass Pro Shops/Payne Stewart Junior Championship, 2018 Lockton Kansas City Junior and the 2016 AJGA Junior at The Legends.
Over the last five years, Furtney has registered 15 top 10 finishes on the AJGA and 22 top 20 placements. Her two victories in 2018 came in back-to-back tournaments as she turned in four rounds in the 60s.
Furtney is currently ranked No. 14 in the latest AJGA and No. 20 in the Golfweek class of 2019 rankings. Since missing the 2017 summer season due to injury, she has collected 22 rounds of even or under par and 18 under par. The two-time Honorable Mention Rolex Junior All-American competed in the 2018 Women’s Four Ball Championship alongside future Duke teammate, Shepherd, and advanced to the semifinals. Furtney qualified for both the USGA Girls’ Junior and the PGA Girls Junior Championship at the age of 14.
She was an All-Conference, All-State, MVP and Kane County Player of the Year in each of her four high-school seasons with St. Charles North High School. As a senior, Furtney boasted an 18-hole average of 67.7. She is a three-time Academic All-Conference honoree, maintaining a 5.3/5.0 GPA and earning AP Scholar distinctions. Furtney closed her high school career by winning her fourth consecutive conference championship with a five-under, 67, and helped her squad to the 2018 Illinois State Championship.
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.