Duke women's, Stanford men's teams honored by Trump at White House

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Duke women's, Stanford men's teams honored by Trump at White House

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Duke women's, Stanford men's teams honored by Trump at White House

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Before the Stanford men’s and Duke women’s golf teams break for the holidays, they traveled to the nation’s capital to celebrate their respective 2019 national championships.

The Blue Devils and the Cardinals were honored at the White House on Friday along with several other NCAA Championship teams from last year.

Duke won its seventh national title at the Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Arkansas, in May after defeating Wake Forest, 3-2, in match play. Stanford won its ninth title in program history with a 3-2 win in match play over Texas at Blessings.

According to the school, Duke has visited the White House three times, having also received invitations in 2005 and 2007 from President George W. Bush for having won the 2005, 2006 and 2007 NCAA titles under coach Dan Brooks.

Members of the Duke women’s golf team visit the White House with other NCAA championship teams Nov. 22. (Courtesy: Lindy Brown, Duke)

Among other Division I teams in attendance were the Wisconsin women’s hockey champions, Penn State wrestling champs, Maryland women’s lacrosse champs, TCU women’s rifle champs and several others. Several members of the Columbia University fencing team wanted to confront the president and present him with a letter disavowing his policies on gender equality, according to reports. But the athletes were told they weren’t allowed to directly present the letter to Trump.

Trump has welcomed NCAA champion teams to the White House in the past, however, he has been at odds with several professional champion teams, most notably the NBA’s Golden State Warriors. Trump rescinded an invitation to the organization two years ago following public comments saying they would not attend.

Duke celebrated its NCAA championship at the White House Nov. 22. Photo courtesy: Lindy Brown, Duke

“We’ve had a great time,” Trump said Friday, according to a White House pool reporter. “And meeting these athletes — they’re real athletes, I can tell you. It’s a tremendous achievement. And we’re bringing many of them over to the Oval Office. I guess all of them. So far, nobody has turned that one down — (laughter) — because it is a special place.”

Ahead of the White House ceremony Friday, the Duke and Stanford golf teams posted photos from around Washington D.C. and 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. on their respective Twitter accounts.

Contributing: Scott Gleeson of USA TODAY

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