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Conference champion Duke sweeps individual season honors
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Duke, which captured its third straight Atlantic Coast Conference title, leads the 2014 All-ACC Women’s Golf Team announced on Tuesday.
Blue Devil sophomore Celine Boutier was voted the ACC Women’s Golfer of the Year in balloting among the league’s 11 head coaches. Duke’s Yu Liu was voted the ACC Women’s Freshman Golfer of the Year, and Dan Brooks gave the Blue Devils a sweep of the conference’s major awards with his selection as ACC Women’s Golf Coach of the Year for the 14th time.
Duke’s Laetitia Beck joined Boutier and Liu on the 12-member All-ACC team. Also selected were Clemson’s Ashlan Ramsey and Sloan Shanahan, Florida State’s Matilda Castren and Alex Milan, Maryland’s Juliet Vongphoumy, Miami’s Daniela Darquea, North Carolina’s Elizabeth Mallett and NC State’s Augusta James and Brittany Marchand.
The Blue Devils’ Beck, a senior, is a four-time All-ACC selection, and the Wolfpack’s Marchand was honored for the third time. Boutier and NC State’s James are also repeat All-ACC selections from 2013. Maryland’s Vongphoumy is another two-time selection after first earning a spot on the squad in 2012.
Boutier enters the NCAA Championships as one of the nation’s hottest golfers. The Montrouge, France, native is riding a three-match winning streak that includes titles at the ACC Championship, the PING/ASU Invitational and the Bryan National Collegiate. Boutier, whose 71.78 stroke average is an ACC best, owns five total top-five finishes, six top-10 finishes and eight top-20 finishes in her nine tournaments played this season.
Liu, of Beijing, China, is the only ACC golfer to collect top 10 finishes in each of her matches this season. Her strong first season includes a title at the Darius Rucker Invitational, in which she carded a three-round score of 211. Liu owns the second-best stroke average in the ACC and the best among freshmen with a 71.83 mark. She is currently the highest ranked ACC golfer in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index and in the GolfStat Cup rankings, holding the No. 4 spot in each.
Brooks coached Duke to its 19th ACC title and to four tournament wins on the season. The Blue Devils are ranked third nationally and received their 22nd consecutive bid to participate in the NCAA Championship. Duke is seeded No. 1 in the East Region. The Blue Devils registered a 27-stroke victory at the ACC Championship. Their four tournament wins are their most since the 2007-08 campaign, when Duke won five events. Brooks has guided the Blue Devils to 118 career wins and 18 of the program’s 19 ACC titles in his 30 years at the helm.
The 2014 All-ACC Women’s Golf Team is as follows:
Laetitia Beck, Sr., Duke Caesarea, Israel
Celine Boutier, So., Duke Montrouge, France
Matilda Castren, Fr., Florida State Espoo, Finland
Daniela Darquea, Fr., Miami Quito, Ecuador
Augusta James, Jr., NC State Bath, Ontario, Canada
Yu Liu, Fr., Duke Beijing, China
Elizabeth Mallett, So., North Carolina Sutton Coldfield, England
Brittany Marchand, Sr., NC State Orangeville, Ontario, Canada
Alex Milan, Jr., Florida State Lutz, Florida
Ashlan Ramsey, Fr., Clemson Milledgeville, Georgia
Sloan Shanahan, Fr., Clemson Suwanee, Georgia
Juliet Vongphoumy, Jr., Maryland Providence, Rhode Island