Six Blue Devils to hit the golf tours this summer


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The six time national champion program of Duke women’s golf has produced very talented athletes over the years. This summer, the program has five former and one current Blue Devil hitting the tournaments.

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Former Duke golfers Brittany Lang, Jennie Lee, Lindy Duncan, Alison Whitaker and Laetitia Beck have been hitting the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) tour, Ladies British Open Amateur, among others. Current Duke golfer, junior Celine Boutier, competed in his first U.S. Women’s Open.

The golfer making the most waves is Lang. During her time at Duke she was the 2005 ACC Player of the Year. This summer has finished tied for 64th at the P&G Walmart NW Arkansas Championship at the Pinnacle Country Club with rounds of 71, 71 and 712, totaling 214. She also hit up Pinehurst No. 2 during the U.S. Women’s Open, her seventh straight. She made the cut at 8-over par and finished tied for 22nd. She’s currently ranked 36th on the LPGA list for money earned on the year with $184,333 in earnings.

She continues on the LPGA tour July 10-13 for the Ricoh Women’s British Open located at Southport, Lancaster, U.K.

Lee graduated in 2009 and is currently playing on the Symetra Tour. The Symetra Tour is essentially one step below the LPGA. She played in the Island Resort Championship in Harris, Mich. June 27-29. Lee was cut after the second round of play. She’s currently sitting 16th on the Symetra money list with $20,490 in earnings on the year.

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  • Duncan graduated in 2013 and is also playing on the Symetra Tour. She finished tied for fifth at the Four Winds Invitational in South Bend, Ind. where she shot rounds of 69,69 and 70, totaling 218. She has earned $15,041 and is ranked 30th on the Symetra money list.

    The Symetra Tour continues with the SEFCU Championship at Capital Hill in Albany N.Y. July 25-27.

    Whitaker graduated from Duke in 2010. She’s currently a member of two tours, the Australian Ladies Professional Golf (ALPG) and the Ladies European Tour (LET). Her last competition was at the ISPS Handa New Zealand Open where she finished tied for 40th, hitting rounds of 75, 71, and 72, totaling 218. Over her career in professional golf, Whitaker has earned $18,685.97.

    Beck graduated just this past year in 2014. She helped lead Duke to their sixth national championship. Most recently she won the stroke play qualifying round at the 2014 Ladies British Open Amateur, carding rounds of 71 and 70, totaling 7-under par. In the first round of match play, Beck lost. However, Beck did advance to the final qualifier for the British Open.

    Rounding out the six is current Duke star Boutier. Like Beck, she helped lead Duke to their sixth national championship. She earned All-America recognition and was named ACC Player of the Year. She teed off in her first U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst No. 2 earlier this summer. She finished 13-over par after two rounds and missed the cut by four shots.