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Virginia Elena


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Height: 5'5"
Year: Senior
City/State: Udine, Italy
High School: Liceo Scientifico Gaspare Bertoni


One of only 20 golfers in NCAA history to win both a NCAA Individual and team championship ... bookended her collegiate career with a NCAA team title as a senior in 2019 and an NCAA Individual title as a freshman in 2016 ... became the 14th Blue Devil to earn four All-ACC accolades over her career ... finished in the top 20 of four straight ACC Championships ... helped lead Duke to two ACC Championships in 2017 and 2018 ... was a part of 14 team wins over four years with the Blue Devils ... tallied 43 career rounds of even or under par to rank ninth in Duke history ... concluded her career with a 73.11 stroke average to rank eighth on the Blue Devil record charts ... her 15 rounds in the 60s over her career ranked tied for seventh all-time at Duke.

WGCA Honorable Mention All-America ... All-ACC selection ... CoSIDA Academic All-District III ... helped lead Duke to the seventh NCAA Championship in school history ... totaled a 73.57 stroke average on the season and notched two top five finishes ... went 2-1 in match play during the NCAA Championship ... finished the season ranked No. 39 in the Golfweek individual rankings ... helped lead Duke to two victories in the fall ... finished tied for first at the Landfall Tradition with three straight rounds of 72 ... ACC Golfer of the Month for October ... turned in nine rounds of even or under par, including three rounds in the 60s.

Summer of 2018:
Competed in the 2018 European Ladies’ Team Championship in Austria with Italy … fired rounds of 69 and 70 in stroke play to finish tied 10th overall with a five-under, 139 … as a team, Italy finished seventh overall with a seven-under, 713, and was placed in Flight A … Carta went 2-0 in foursomes and halved three singles matches over the course of the event … Italy placed fourth overall, after falling to Denmark in the bronze medal match.

All-ACC selection ... dealt with sickness and an injury in the spring and was limited to eight tournaments on the season ... turned in rounds of 75, 70 and 71 to finish even par at the ACC Championship, which tied for fifth ... collected 11 rounds of even or under par ... carded a first round 68 at the NCAA Madison Regional and placed tied 17th overall with an even-par, 216 ... notched four rounds in the 60s on the year ... collected a top 10 finish at the Tar Heel Invitational with rounds of 71, 68 and 69 for an eight-under, 208 ... helped lead Duke to five victories on the season, including the Jim West Challenge, Tar Heel Invitational, Landfall Tradition, ACC Championship and NCAA Madison Regional ... finished the season ranked No. 72 in the Golfweek Individual listing.

Summer of 2017:
Helped lead the Europe squad to a 15-9 victory over Great Britain & Ireland in the Vagliano Trophy played in Italy … competed in her first U.S. Women’s Open, but missed the cut with rounds of 75 and 80 … turned in rounds of 73, 75, 72 and 75 to place tied for 45th at the European Ladies’ Amateur Championship … advanced to the round of 32 of match play at the U.S. Women’s Amateur, after carding rounds of 76 and 69 in qualifying.

All-ACC honoree ... turned in a 73.39 stroke average, while dealing with illness and injury most of the season ... collected one top five, two top 10 and six top 20 finishes ... with rounds of 73, 67 and 70 for a six-under-par, 210, placed second at the LSU Tiger Golf Classic ... notched 10 rounds of even or under par to rank third on the team ... finished the season ranked No. 75 in the Golfweek individual listing ... helped lead Duke to three wins on the season -- ACC Championship, LSU Tiger Golf Classic and the East Lake Cup. 

Summer of 2016:

Advanced to the championship match of the U.S. Women's Amateur, before falling, 1-up, to Eun Jeong Seong … went 5-1 in match play during the week, after carding rounds of 74 and 68 in stroke play qualifying … turned in rounds of 71, 69, 77 and 75 for a total of 292 to place 69th at the LPGA Marathon Classic.

NCAA Individual Champion ... Honda Sports Award for Golf - National Player of the Year ... WGCA & Golfweek First Team All-America ... All-ACC ... won her first collegiate event at the NCAA Championship by posting a NCAA-record 16-under-par ledger with rounds of 69, 68, 66 and 69 for a NCAA-record 272 ... won the individual title by a NCAA-record eight strokes ... concluded the season with four straight top 10 finishes ... totaled a 72.41 stroke average, which ranked as the fifth best in school history by a freshman ... notched three top five, six top 10 and eight top 20 finishes ... her 13 rounds of even or under par ranked second on the Duke squad ... became the first Blue Devil to notch four straight rounds in the 60s in NCAA action ... in match play, collected a 5-2 record in the East Lake Cup, Liz Murphey Collegiate and the NCAA Championship ... concluded the season ranked ninth in the Golfweek Individual rankings ... placed tied seventh at NCAA Regionals with a one-under-par, 215 ... tied 10th at the ACC Championship and tied second at the LSU Tiger Golf Classic ... selected to the All-ACC Academic Team and the ACC Honor Roll as a rookie ... in the freshman record books, ranked tied seventh in even or under par rounds (13), tied seventh in top 20 finishes (8) and tied seventh in top 10 finishes (6).

Summer of 2015:
Placed tied 14th at the European Ladies' Amateur Championship in Austria with rounds of 68, 75, 69 and 71 ... represented Italy in the European Ladies Team Championship in Denmark.

High School/Prep:
Member of the Italian National Team since 2010 ... owns seven career victories ... was ranked No. 1 in the Italian National Order of Merit in 2014 ...  won the 2014 German Girls Open, 2014 Slovenian International Ladies Championship, 2014 French Ladies International Championship Trophee Esmond, 2013 Austrian Ladies International Championship, National Tournament Trofeo Umberto Agnelli in 2012, Italian National Tournament Citta di Milano in 2012 and the Leoncino D'oro di Venezia in 2010 ... member of the 2014 Junior Ryder Cup team for Europe ... competed in the 2013 Junior Solheim Cup ... saw action in the 2014 World Ladies Team Championship for Italy and placed tied 27th overall with rounds of 69, 74, 68 and 74 ... finished as the top amateur in the 2014 Ladies Open with rounds of 74, 71 and 77, which was tied for 42nd ... played in the European Team Championship a total of five times, placing second in 2013,  fourth in 2012 and fifth in 2011 ... competed in the 2014 Youth Olympic Games and turned in a fourth place individual finish.

Full name is Virginia Elena Carta … born December 24, 1996 in Milano, Italy … daughter of Renato Carta and Angela Guglielmin … started playing golf at age eight ... a three-time ACC Honor Roll selection ... majored in environmental sciences and policy.

Carta By The Numbers

Annika Intercollegiate (69-72-75=216, T25, E)
Windy City Collegiate (68-78-74=220, T18, +14)
Ruth’s Chris Tar Heel Invite (68-70-74=212, T5, -4)
The Landfall Tradition (72-72-72=216, T1, E)
Allstate Sugarbowl Intercoll. (75-79-73=227, T34, +11)
Darius Rucker Intercollegiate (73-72-76=221, T30, +8)
Evans Derby Experience (74-73-74=221, T25, +5)
ACC Championship (73-74-74=221, T17, +5)
NCAA Auburn Reg. (75-73-75=223, T41, +7)
NCAA Championship (82-71-77=230, T43, +11)


Jim West Challenge (69-70-71=210, T12, -3)
Windy City Classic (73-75-76=224, T43, +11)
Tar Heel Invitational (71-68-69=208, 9, -8)
Landfall Tradition (73-77=150, T47, +6)
Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic (77-72-74=223, T28, +7)
ACC Championship (75-70-71=216, E, T5)
NCAA Madison Reg. (68-76-72=216, T17, E)
NCAA Championship (78-76-76-80=310, T69, +22)

Annika Intercollegiate (70-68-73=211, T14, -5)
Windy City Classic (74-74-77=225, T52, +9)
Tar Heel Invitational (76-72-72=220, T22, +4)
East Lake Cup (76=76, T13, +4)
Northrop Grumman (73-69-71=213, T7, E)
Suntrust Gator Invitational (76-74-73=223, T27, +13)
LSU Tiger Golf Classic (73-67-70=210, 2, -6)
ACC Championship (72-72-75=219, T17, +3)
NCAA  Albuquerque Reg. (74-75-72=221, T18, +5)
NCAA Championship (83-82-76=241, T95, +25)

Annika Intercollegiate (71-73-73=217, T28, +1)
Tar Heel Invitational (73-74-71=218, T7, +2)
Landfall Tradition (73-71-75=219, T19, +3)
Northrop Grumman (73-71-75=219, T17, +6)
Darius Rucker Inter. (78-72-78=228, T55, +15)
LSU Tiger Golf Classic (75-77-70=222, T2, +6)
ACC Championship (74-73-72=219, T10, +3)
NCAA Regionals (76-72-67=215, T7, -1)
NCAA Championship (69-68-66-69=272, 1, -16)

2016 Marathon Classic (71-69-77-75=292, 69, +8)

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