Top 10 female amateurs: No. 8 Lindy Duncan
The amateur season roared in with talk of the Curtis Cup in Scotland, and died down with the Women’s World Amateur Team Championship in Turkey, which made patriotism a big part of 2012. But in terms of women’s amateur golf, 2012 also was the year of the Kiwi (read: Lydia Ko) and the last summer of the Jutanugarn sisters.
Golfweek will spend 10 days counting down the top amateur players of the past year. Who will be No. 1? Who else will make the list? Check back each day. Find the entire series here.
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No. 8: Lindy Duncan
R&A’s World Amateur Golf Ranking: 11
2012 in review: College Player of the Year; three collegiate titles; U.S. Curtis Cup team member (1 point); named to U.S. Copa de las Americas team
Duncan will go down as one of the best players in Duke’s rich women’s golf history after finishing her junior season (2011-12) with four collegiate victories and a scoring average, 71.07, which is second only to current LPGA player Amanda Blumenherst. It was for those efforts that Duncan won College Player of the Year honors in the spring.
A quiet player on the golf course who answers thoughtfully when asked to analyze a round or her game in general, Duncan entered the summer with goals to improve her play, specifically short game and distance control with her irons.
“I try to be a very consistent player and this year was my most consistent year I’ve ever had in the college events, and that’s been huge,” she said after the NCAA Championship. “. . . I’m still trying to get better because there is a lot of room to improve.”
Previously, Duncan’s shining amateur moment was her victory at the 2010 Dixie Amateur, but her selection to 2012’s all-college Curtis Cup team solidified her as one of the country’s top amateurs. Duncan came out of the gate with ferocity, pairing with USC’s Lisa McCloskey to defeat Stephanie Meadow and Leona Maguire, 5 and 4. It was one of the first American points to go on the board that week, and set the tone for an early-week advantage for the U.S., even though GB&I was the eventual winner. Still, Duncan’s play was downright inspiring in links conditions she had never before encountered.
The Copa de las Americas – in which Duncan will compete alongside fellow Americans Erynne Lee, Chris Williams and Steven Fox – will be played at Doral on Jan. 3-6. Duncan hails from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., which will give her a home advantage.