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Five Blue Devils to Compete in Epson Tour Opener This Week

Five Blue Devils to Compete in Epson Tour Opener This Week

DURHAM – The Epson Tour will open its 2023 slate this week as a 132-player field will participate in Florida’s Natural Charity Classic March 3-5 at the Country Club of Winter Haven in Winter Haven, Fla.  

Former Duke women’s golf standouts Laetitia Beck, Ana Belac, Lindy Duncan, Gina Kim and Miranda Wang will all participate in the “Road to the LPGA” opener.  

Individuals will compete in a 54-hole, stroke-play format for $200,000 and a winner’s share of $30,000. A cut will be made to the low 60 and ties after 36 holes.

“It feels great to go back to the place where my pro career started and it’s surreal how much I’ve grown within the past year,” said Kim. “The Epson Tour has given me the tools and confidence it takes to be out on the LPGA, and I am extremely grateful to the Epson Corporation for their generous support.”

Duke features eight former Blue Devils who have earned their 2023 LPGA Tour card — Belac, Duncan, Kim, Jaravee Boonchant, Celine Boutier, Brittany Lang, Yu Liu and Leona Maguire.  The LPGA will be competing in Singapore March 2-5, before returning to the United States March 23-26 for the LPGA Drive On Championship.  

Seeing action this week in the HSBC Women’s World Championship in Singapore will be Boutier, Liu and Maguire.   

Former Duke NCAA Individual Champion Virginia Elena Carta will also be competing in the Joburg Ladies Open March 1-4 on the Ladies European Tour in South Africa.  

Blue Devil golfers have featured tremendous success in the professional ranks over the years earning a total of $24,893,968 to go along with 29 wins.  In 2022, Duke golfers earned an impressive $3,870,102.50 on the professional ranks to go along with six wins, 43 top-10 finishes, 71 top-20 placements and 195 rounds in the 60s.  

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