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GREENSBORO, N.C. – For the second straight year and the 18th time in school history, the third-ranked Duke women’s golf team captured the ACC Championship on Sunday as the Blue Devils turned in a 54-hole total of 882 to win by 24 strokes at the 6,210-yard, Par 71 Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C. 

“It never looked easy to me today,” said head coach Dan Brooks.  “The greens firmed up and they were a little bit tough to read.  I thought we might be losing ground and we ended up getting a bigger lead.  It was great.”

Duke posted rounds of 293, 292 and 297 for a 30-over-par ledger, dealing with high winds and very challenging Bermuda greens.  N.C. State (906), Virginia (909), Florida State (919), North Carolina (924), Miami (924), Wake Forest (925), Maryland (944) and Boston College (946) closed out the field.

“The cold, I don’t think was really anything,” commented Brooks on the weather conditions.  “I think the swirling wind was [challenging] and the fact the wind was drying the greens out.  They are new greens, they are probably a little firmer than they will be in time and they are Bermuda.  That was the toughest part was the firmness today.”

Brooks posted his 17th ACC Championship over his 29 seasons as Duke, including the Blue Devils’ first victory of the 2012-13 campaign.  Brooks now owns 113 career wins to increase his NCAA-best victory total.

Brooks on the team’s continued success, “If I knew that formula, maybe I could keep it going.  Obviously, we have had a few years where we haven’t been up here.  We won last year and this year, but we took a little dip there.  We are just thankful where we are.”

As a team, Duke featured four out of the top six on the final leaderboard on Sunday – Laetitia Beck (2nd), Alejandra Cangrejo (T3rd), Lindy Duncan (T3rd) and Celine Boutier (T6th).  Virginia’s Brittany Altomare claimed the first ACC Individual title for the Cavaliers with a three-day total of 217.  

Beck, who is out of Caesarea, Israel, turned in her fourth straight top 10 finish with rounds of 74, 73 and 72 for a total of 219.  She opened the day with an eventful first six holes with one par, two birdies and three bogeys.  Beck then played the next seven holes at two-under-par and had inched to within two strokes of the individual leader Altomare.  

“It is great to win, especially because last week we were leading after the first and second rounds,” said Beck.  “We were really close this year but never won.  It is great to finally be No. 1.”

Beck suffered a bogey on No. 14 and then hit her approach shot into the water at the par five 15th, on her way to finishing with a double-bogey.    She closed the day with a birdie on No. 18 to finish with a 72, which was two shots back from the individual champion.  Beck had a team-best 27 putts in the final round to go along with eight fairways and nine greens.

“Everything was average,” commented Beck on her play this week. “I am not happy with the way I played this week.  Even today I made a lot of birdies, but then also a lot of mistakes.  I am not happy but I was able to shoot good enough scores to be at the top of the leaderboard.  For me, it was very hard to judge the distance, especially since the greens were so firm.”

A native of Bogota, Columbia, Cangrejo tied for third with rounds of 72, 77 and 72 for a 221 ledger.  She was three-over-par over her first 13 holes with bogeys on No. 4, No. 5 and No. 11.  The junior then hit her approach on the 402-yard, par four 14th within a few feet and drained the putt for her first birdie of the day.  The birdie was one of only four over the three rounds on the challenging 14th hole.   Cangrejo then birdied the 140-yard, par three No. 16 to move back to one-over-par.  She hit 14 greens, eight fairways and had 32 putts on the day.  

Duncan, who was the defending ACC Champion, couldn’t it going in the final round as she closed the weekend with a 77, which was the worst score in a collegiate tournament since her sophomore campaign.  She suffered a three-putt bogey to start the day, but went back to even-par after she nearly holed her tee shot on the 170-yard, par three third hole and went on to make a birdie.  Duncan, who is out of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., suffered bogeys on No. 4, No. 6 and No. 7, making the turn at three-over-par, 38.  

On the 11th hole, Duncan hit what seemed to be a great shot into the green but the ball went off the green, on the cart path and out of bounds.  She concluded with an unfortunate double-bogey and finished the weekend with a bogey on No. 18.  Duncan hit nine greens, nine fairways and had 31 putts on the afternoon.

Duncan now owns 19 career top five finishes, which ranks tied for fourth on Duke’s career charts along with Beth Bauer.  Her 30 career top 10 finishes ranks tied for second and the 37 top 20 placements is second all-time on the Blue Devil lists.

Playing in her first ACC Championship, Boutier closed the weekend with rounds of 74, 73 and 76 for a total of 223.  The Montrouge, France product was around the flags all weekend but couldn’t get any putts to drop.  On Sunday, she hit 11 greens, 10 fairways and had 34 putts.  Boutier totaled six bogeys on the day and rolled in her only birdie on the closing 18th hole to finish with a 76.  

Senior Courtney Ellenbogen turned in a final round of 77 and finished the tournament tied for 25th with a three-day total of 234.  Ellenbogen, who is from Blacksburg, Va., had a solid round, but unfortunately had two swings that led to two double-bogeys on No. 7 and No. 9.  She registered one birdie on the day, which came on the 392-yard, par four second hole.  Over the 18 holes, Ellenbogen hit nine fairways, eight greens and had 31 putts.  

With the victory on Sunday, Brooks has now collected at least one team victory in 28 of his 29 years at Duke.  

“It is great,” said Brooks on winning the first tournament of the season.  “More than anything, I want them to have a reward for hard work.  They have really put a lot of hard work in.  I am very excited about that.”

Duke will next await the NCAA selection show on Monday, April 29 at 9:00 p.m., when the regional selections will be announced.  The three sites for the 2013 regionals include Auburn, Oklahoma and Stanford from May 9-11.

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Duke Results
T5 2 Laetitia Beck Duke 74 73 72 219 +6
T10 T3 Alejandra Cangrejo Duke 72 77 72 221 +8
2 T3 Lindy Duncan Duke 73 71 77 221 +8
T5 T6 Celine Boutier Duke 74 73 76 223 +10
T30 T25 Courtney Ellenbogen Duke 82 75 77 234 +21

1 2 3 Team Scores
1 1 1 Duke 293 292 297 882 +30
3 2 2 NC State 301 295 310 906 +54
2 3 3 Virginia 300 300 309 909 +57
4 4 4 Florida State 306 303 310 919 +67
5 6 T5 North Carolina 308 309 307 924 +72
9 7 T5 Miami 314 304 306 924 +72
6 5 7 Wake Forest 310 304 311 925 +73
T7 9 8 Maryland 311 321 312 944 +92
T7 8 9 Boston College 311 314 321 946 +94

Start Finish Player Team Scores
1 1 Brittany Altomare Virginia 71 70 76 217 +4
T5 2 Laetitia Beck Duke 74 73 72 219 +6
T3 T3 Leticia Ras-Anderica Miami 74 72 75 221 +8
T10 T3 Alejandra Cangrejo Duke 72 77 72 221 +8
2 T3 Lindy Duncan Duke 73 71 77 221 +8
T12 T6 Rika Park Miami 77 73 73 223 +10
T5 T6 Celine Boutier Duke 74 73 76 223 +10
T7 T6 Brittany Marchand NC State 77 71 75 223 +10
T3 9 Briana Mao Virginia 74 72 79 225 +12
T18 T10 Mariana Sims Wake Forest 78 76 73 227 +14
T10 T10 Marissa Dodd Wake Forest 76 73 78 227 +14
T21 T12 Casey Grice North Carolina 79 76 73 228 +15
15 T12 Katherine Perry North Carolina 78 74 76 228 +15
14 T12 Olivia Hullert Florida State 76 75 77 228 +15
T12 T12 Augusta James NC State 72 78 78 228 +15
T7 16 Ana Menendez NC State 76 72 81 229 +16
T7 T17 Isabel Southard Boston College 74 74 82 230 +17
T18 T17 Portland Rosen Virginia 76 78 76 230 +17
T26 T19 Jessica Negron Florida State 80 76 75 231 +18
T16 T19 Laure Castelain Florida State 79 74 78 231 +18
T21 21 Cristina McQuiston Boston College 78 77 77 232 +19
T33 T22 Christine Shimel Maryland 79 79 75 233 +20
T18 T22 Elizabeth Mallett North Carolina 72 82 79 233 +20
T16 T22 Rachael Taylor NC State 76 77 80 233 +20
T21 T25 Olafia Kristinsdottir Wake Forest 77 78 79 234 +21
T30 T25 Courtney Ellenbogen Duke 82 75 77 234 +21
T30 T25 Vivian Tsui NC State 82 75 77 234 +21
T33 T28 Heidi Baek Maryland 78 80 77 235 +22
T26 T28 Jackie Chang North Carolina 79 77 79 235 +22
T21 T28 Carlton Kuhlo Florida State 74 81 80 235 +22
T30 T31 Christina Ocampo Miami 80 77 79 236 +23
T26 T31 Juliet Vongphoumy Maryland 76 80 80 236 +23
T21 T31 Alex Milan Florida State 77 78 81 236 +23
35 34 Katia Joo Boston College 79 80 78 237 +24
T26 T35 Allison Emrey Wake Forest 79 77 83 239 +26
37 T35 Elizabeth Brightwell Virginia 79 82 78 239 +26
36 37 Emily Gimpel Maryland 78 82 80 240 +27
38 38 Nicole Agnello Virginia 82 80 80 242 +29
39 39 Carina Cuculiza Miami 83 82 79 244 +31
40 40 Vinh-Hoa Ngo Boston College 83 83 84 250 +37
43 T41 Maia Schechter North Carolina 83 89 79 251 +38
T41 T41 Greta Lange Wake Forest 84 86 81 251 +38
T44 43 Jessica Gregory Maryland 89 85 87 261 +48
T41 44 Chance Forbes Boston College 80 90 92 262 +49
T44 45 Laura Hendee Miami 83 91 91 265 +52


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