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Blue Devil Golfers Set to Compete in ACC Championship
Thursday 04/12/2012  -  Duke Sports Information
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DURHAM, N.C. -  Head Coach Dan Brooks and the Duke women’s golf team will head to Greensboro, N.C., this weekend to compete in the 24th annual ACC Championship.  The championship will take place April 13-15 at the Par 71, 6,163-Yard Sedgefield Country Club.

The format will feature 18 holes each day for a total of 54 holes.  Tee times will kick off on Friday at 8:30 a.m.  The first round will have three groups of tee times with N.C. State, Miami and Boston College going out first, while Wake Forest, Maryland and Florida State will head out second and Duke and North Carolina and Virginia in the final grouping, which will start at 10:10 a.m.

On Saturday, tee times will also kick off at 8:30 a.m., but on Sunday it will start at 8:00 a.m.  Fans can follow the action live on the ACC Network on www.theACC.com for free on Saturday and Sunday beginning at 1:30 p.m.  There will also be livestats on www.golfstat.com.

The Blue Devils have won a total of 16 ACC Championships and had their streak of 13 in a row snapped in 2009 as Wake Forest won the title.  The Demon Deacons won in 2010, while North Carolina claimed the championship in 2012.  A Duke golfer has been the ACC Individual Champion nine of the past 13 years.  Brooks has led Duke to 15 of the 16 championships over his 28 seasons.

Duke is currently ranked ninth nationally in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index.  The Blue Devils are the second-highest ranked ACC squad with North Carolina (6) leading the way.  N.C. State (21), Virginia (25) and Florida State (27) are also ranked. 

The Blue Devils have played their best golf as of late winning the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate Championship and finishing tied for first with Tennessee at the Bryan National Collegiate, but fell in a playoff to the Lady Vols.  Duke hasn’t finished out of the top five in four spring tournaments.

The Blue Devils own the following golfers ranked in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index -- Lindy Duncan (1) and Laetitia Beck (51).

Duncan, who is a product of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., owns three victories on the season and five in her three-year career with the Blue Devils, which ranks tied for sixth all-time at Duke.  On the season, she has totaled a 70.81 stroke average in seven tournaments, while collecting four top five and seven top 10 finishes.  She won the Mason Rudolph Collegiate Championship in the fall and then picked up titles in the spring at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge and the Bryan National Collegiate. 

In the ACC Championship, Duncan has finished fourth and tied for fourth over the last couple of years. 

Other Blue Devils seeing action at the ACC Championship include Stacey Kim, Courtney Ellenbogen, Alejandra Cangrejo and Laetitia Beck

Beck, who is a product of Caesarea, Israel, ranks second on the Duke squad with a 74.35 stroke average to go along with two top 10 and four top 20 placements on the year.  Last year in the ACCs, she finished tied for 15th with rounds of 76, 78 and 75.

A native of Bogota, Colombia, Cangrejo finished tied for 19th last year in the ACC Championship with rounds of 78, 77 and 76.  She is coming off notching a final round of 71 at the Bryan National Collegiate as she placed tied for 16th.  Cangrejo owns a 75.67 stroke average on the season with two top 20 finishes.

Coming off her first top 10 placement of the season, Kim is playing some of the best golf of her career entering the ACC Championship.  Kim, who is out of Columbus, Ga., has a 75.46 stroke average on the season with two top 20 finishes.  She has placed tied for fourth and tied for 13th in two ACC Championships she has played in.

Ellenbogen, a junior from Blacksburg, Va., will see action in her second ACC Championship and the first since her freshman campaign when she placed tied for 16th with rounds of 79, 75 and 73.  She has notched a 77.22 stroke average on the season, but owns a 75.56 stroke average over the last three tournaments.

Overall, Duke has won the ACC Championship in 1984, ‘85, ‘93, ‘96, ‘97, ‘98, ‘99, 2000, ‘01, ‘02, ‘03, ‘04, ‘05, ‘06, ‘07 and ‘08.

Ten different Blue Devils have claimed individual honors at the ACC Championship— Mary Anne Widman (1984), Evelyn Orley (1985), Kathi Poppmeier (1994), Jenny Chuasiriporn (1996 & 1997), Beth Bauer (1999), Maria Garcia-Estrada (2000), Virada Nirapathpongporn (2001), Candy Hannemann (2002), Brittany Lang (2004 & 2005), Blumenherst (2006, 2007 and 2008).

Brooks is in his 28th season with the Blue Devils.  He is an 11-time ACC Coach of the Year selection and has led Duke to 85 event titles, five NCAA Championships, 10 ACC Championships and 52 individual medalist honors, over the last 13 years.  In his 28 years, Brooks has registered an NCAA-record 111 victories.

Other Duke Notes:

•  Lindy Duncan ranks first nationally in par four scoring (3.96), third in par five scoring (4.73), tied for second in eagles (4) and third in average putts (29.11).

•  As a team nationally, Duke ranks tied for fourth in eagles (6), first in average putts (30.16) and fifth in putts on green (1.890).

•  Lindy Duncan is moving up the Duke career charts -- tied for sixth in wins (5), fourth in even or under par rounds (48), tied for fifth in tournaments as Duke’s top scorer (18), first in stroke average (72.24), tied for eighth in top five finishes (13), tied for eighth in top 10 finishes (22) and tied for 10th in top 20 finishes (27).

•  Lindy Duncan’s third round scoring average of 68.71 is the best in school history.  The next closest is Amanda Blumenherst’s ledger of 70.55 in 2005-06.  Duncan’s 70.81 stroke average on the season would be a new school record if the season ended today.

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