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Virginia Elena Carta, Ana Belac, Gina Kim, Jaravee Boonchant
Golfweek Announces All-America Selections
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 06/22/2019
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DURHAM, N.C. – With Golfweek announcing its annual All-America teams, four different Blue Devils earned honors with Jaravee Boonchant (First), Ana Belac (Third), Gina Kim (Honorable Mention) and Virginia Elena Carta (Honorable Mention) being selected.

The four selections were the second-most for Division I schools behind only Southern California (5).  

Boonchant, was a unanimous First Team All-America selection in 2018-19 as she also received Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) accolades.  A native of Bangkok, Thailand, Boonchant turned in a team-best 72.17 stroke average to go along with seven top 10 finishes on the season.  She placed tied for seventh at the NCAA Championship and knocked off the No. 1 ranked amateur in the world, Jennifer Kupcho of Wake Forest, in the NCAA title match to lift Duke past the Demon Deacons, 3-2.  Boonchant finished the season ranked No. 7 in the final Golfweek individual rankings.

After being an Honorable Mention All-America honoree a year ago as a sophomore, Belac received third team accolades in 2018-19.  A product of Portoroz, Slovenia, Belac posted a 73.10 stroke average and four top 10 finishes.  Her seven rounds in the 60s led Duke on the year.  Belac had an impressive NCAA Championship where she placed tied for 16th in stroke play and then went a perfect, 3-0, in match play to help propel Duke to the title.  She finished the season ranked 25th nationally.

Coming off a very impressive NCAA Championship, Kim received honorable mention accolades.  The rookie placed tied for 10th in her first NCAA Championship and posted two key wins against two of the top-ranked golfers in the world to help Duke advance during match play.  Ranked No. 36 nationally in the final Golfweek rankings, Kim notched a 73.40 stroke average in 2018-19.  Kim, who is from Chapel Hill, N.C., posted her first collegiate victory at the Landfall Tradition and was a WGCA Third Team All-America selection.

Carta, who is from Udine, Italy, closed her storied career as one of only four Blue Devils to win both a NCAA Individual and team national title.  As a senior, she notched a 73.57 stroke average and collected her second collegiate victory at the Landfall Tradition.  Carta had two top 10 finishes on the year and went 2-1 in match play to conclude the NCAA Championship.  She closed the season as the No. 39 ranked golfer nationally.

Duke claimed its seventh NCAA Championship in May under the direction of head coach Dan Brooks.  

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