Coach Profile Duke Womens Dan Brooks
Duke womens golf head coach Dan Brooks knows what it takes to make it to the pinnacle of a collegiate sport. In 18 years as the coach of the Duke Blue Devils, he has helped guide his squads to two NCAA National Championships, nine ACC Championships and 64 team victories.
In 1998-99, all the hard work paid off as Duke secured the NCAA National Championship, the first title for any Blue Devil womens program in the school history and the fourth overall. Duke withstood the high expectations of being ranked No. 1 in the country during the preseason, fought off the pressure of sporting the top ranking for most of the year and finished by holding the lead from start to finish at the NCAA Championship in Tulsa, Okla. It was one of the greatest seasons for any sport in school history.
Last season, Brooks once again claimed the NCAA National Championship in Auburn, Wash. as his Blue Devils fought off adversity in the fall without senior All-America and reigning NCAA Individual Champion Candy Hannemann. The Blue Devils struggled winning only one of four tournaments, but rebounded in the spring with Hannemann back in the lineup to win all seven tournaments played in. Duke headed to the championship as the hottest team in golf. The Blue Devils hung near in the top four during the entire tournament and ended up making up nine strokes in the final three holes of the final round to capture the title by six strokes at the Washington National Golf Club.
Developing consistency has been a trademark for the Duke program, just as Brooks, a two-time National Coach of the Year, has his own trademark of being an excellent teacher of the game. Looking to defend its 2002 title, the Blue Devils return five letterwinners off last years squad, including the 2002 NCAA Individual Champion junior Virada Nirapathpongporn. All five returners are All-ACC performers and mix in another solid recruiting class, and Brooks has once again put together a team capable of winning the NCAA crown.
Experience has taught coach Brooks the versatility necessary to adapt his knowledge to the special needs of each player. The extent to which he is involved, and the way in which he is involved, is different with each athlete.
These working relationships between coach and player have made Duke as lethal a unit as any in the country. What Brooks and the Blue Devils have accomplished is very impressive: a 2002 National Championship and a final ranking of No. 1, a final ranking of No. 1 in 2001 and a second-place finish in the NCAA Championship; a final ranking of No. 2 in 2000; a national title and No. 1 final ranking in 1999; a fourth-place finish at the 1998 NCAA Championships; a No. 9 final national ranking in 1997; a seventh-place finish at the 1996 NCAA Championships; an 11th-place showing at the 1995 NCAA Championships; a fourth-place finish in the 1994 NCAA Championships; a No. 1 national ranking during the 1992-93 campaign; an NCAA Championships 12th-place finish in 1992; a 13th-place spot in the NCAA field in 1991; a final ranking of No. 17 in 1990; a fifth-place finish at the NCAAs in 1988; a seventh-place NCAA spot in 1987; an NCAA Championships 11th-place finish in 1986; and a final national ranking of No. 16 at the conclusion of the 1984-85 season, Brooks first year at Duke.
Over the last four years, Duke has registered itself as the nations top womens collegiate golf team with two National titles, 38 event titles, four ACC titles, two NCAA individual champions and 16 individual medallist honors.
The womens golf team has won the only two National titles in womens athletics as Duke University, each coming during Brooks era.
Duke has collected nine ACC Championship titles during Brooks term with the Blue Devils, while nine individuals have captured medallist honors at the ACC event under Brooks. He has coached 17 All-ACC selections and 12 Academic All-America choices. Brooks has also groomed 14 All-America players, including Sarah LeBrun, Evelyn Orley, Stephanie Sparks, Kathi Poppmeier, Jenny Chuasiriporn, Beth Bauer and Candy Hannemann. All together in Brooks 18 years, Duke has collected an incredible 64 tournament titles.
His efforts with the nationally known Duke squad havent gone unnoticed as Brooks was inducted in to the National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) Hall of Fame in 2001. In addition to being tabbed ACC Coach of the Year in 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001, Brooks has also picked up District Coach of the Year accolades three times and was the NGCA National Coach of the Year in 1999 and 2001.
The 44-year-old Brooks received his B.S. degree in History from Oregon State in 1981. He was among OSUs top golfers during his collegiate career.
In addition to his own responsibilities with the womens golf program, he teaches his many students at the Duke Golf Club as a PGA Teaching Professional. He also directs a summer youth instructional program called the Duke Academy of Golf.
He and his wife, Wendy, reside in Durham. She is a 1999 graduate of the Duke Law School and practices law in Durham.
Duke Coaching Honors
National Coach of the Year
Dan Brooks -- 1999
Dan Brooks -- 2001
District Coach of the Year
Ron Schmid -- 1984
Dan Brooks -- 1988
Dan Brooks -- 1998
Dan Brooks -- 1999
ACC Coach of the Year
Dan Brooks -- 1993
Dan Brooks -- 1996
Dan Brooks -- 1997
Dan Brooks -- 1998
Dan Brooks -- 1999
Dan Brooks -- 2000
Dan Brooks -- 2001
Duke Coaching History
Jane Lloyd -- 1974-79
Ron Schmid -- 1980-84
Dan Brooks -- 1985-present
The Social: G.O.A.T., after G.O.A.T., after G.O.A.T.
Tom Brady compares himself to Tiger Woods, who coincidentally is returning to the PGA Tour this week, Jordan Spieth hangs out with some decent company and kids these days ruffle some feathers with their friendships.
All that and more in this week's edition of The Social.
Well, it’s finally Farmers Insurance Open week and Woods has been spotted practicing for his official return to the PGA Tour on Thursday.
Some thought this day might never come after a 2017 filled with mostly downs for the 14-time major champ.
But as he has taught the golf world time and time again, you just can't count Tiger out.
Back on TOUR. pic.twitter.com/OPmjaXFo1l— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) January 23, 2018
So even as Jon Rahm attempts to overtake Dustin Johnson for No. 1 in the world this week at Torrey Pines, all eyes will be on one of the greatest we've ever seen do it, even if that guy is ranked No. 647 in the world.
Speaking of greatness …
There’s not many who can just offhandedly compare themselves to Tiger, but if anyone gets a pass, it’s Tom Brady.
The 40-year-old New England Patriots quarterback led his team back to the Super Bowl for the second straight year despite playing the AFC title game with a cut on his throwing hand.
When asked about it after the Patriots come-from-behind victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Brady answered, “I think it's kind of arrogant to say it bothered me when we had a pretty good game, so I wouldn't say that. It's like when Tiger Woods said, ‘That was my C game’ and he won the tournament.”
Tom Brady, postgame, on wearing the wrap on his hand: “I think it's kind of arrogant to say it bothered me when we had a pretty good game, so I wouldn't say that. It's like when Tiger Woods said, ‘That was my C game’ and he won the tournament.”— Ryan Lavner (@RyanLavnerGC) January 22, 2018
So there you have it. A 40-year-old Brady is winning AFC Championships with his C game. Good luck, Eagles; you’re going to need it.
Also, if for some reason you wanted an update on Justin Thomas' life, it's still awesome:
I was thinking we kick @JordanSpieth out and replace you with him... everybody wins! enjoyed yesterday man— Justin Thomas (@JustinThomas34) January 22, 2018
Yeah, that's last year's PGA Tour Player of the Year hanging with Cy Young winner Cory Kluber in a suite at the Patriots game and teasing us with a possible #SB2K18 cameo.
Curtis Strange likes his competitive golf straight up, hold the friendliness.
This, according to Curtis Strange.
The two-time U.S. Open champ took to Twitter during the CareerBuilder Challenge to vent his frustration regarding the constant chit-chat and friendliness between Rahm and Andrew Landry:
Watching Andrew Landry and Jon Rahm in playoff. Walking off tee talking to each other. Are you kidding me ? Talking at all. ?— Curtis Strange (@golf_strange) January 22, 2018
@JonRahmpga and Andrew Landry.Hopefully no offense taken on my comment yesterday. You guys are terrific, I’m a huge fan of all players today. Made a adverse comment on U guys talking during playoff.Not for me. A fan.— Curtis Strange (@golf_strange) January 23, 2018
Never went out of my way to disrupt. Having a chat wasn’t for me,my generation, or before me. Some inside baseball. Honesty.— Curtis Strange (@golf_strange) January 23, 2018
This, of course, makes sense in theory. But good luck watching golf – or really any sport – from here on out. Sure there will be a few old school guys who buck the trend here and there, but for the most part, it’s really hard to share a private jet/dinners/vacations/(insert awesome thing here) with someone, and then completely turn off the friendship coming down the stretch of a big tournament.
Damn millennials. They ruin everything.
By now you've all seen that poor Philadelphia Eagles fan who lost his battle with a subway station pillar (from multiple angles), so instead here is a video of a man attempting to stand on an egg. Bet you can't guess how that goes.
Seriously if you haven't seen the video of that Eagles fan, here's your last chance in this column. You'll be glad you did.
Jordan Spieth, Michael Phelps and Bryce Harper walk on to a golf course … there’s no punchline, that actually happened last week in Las Vegas.
Was the whole thing just a big advertisement for Spieth’s new Under Armour shoe? You bet.
But that doesn’t make the optics of three of the biggest superstar athletes on the planet teeing it up for a round any less awesome.
The trio has three major wins, five All Star Game appearances and 28 Olympic medals between them, and there they were over the weekend just fake laughing for the camera and driving around individual golf carts with their own personalized logos on them.
Matt Kuchar. Still good at golf. Still overly polite. This according to European Tour pro Eddie Pepperell who had the privilege of hitting on the range next to Kuuuuuch in Abu Dhabi last week.
Hit balls next to Kuchar yesterday and two very Matt Kuchar things happened; He didn’t miss a shot, and when he let out a fart he went, “oopsies.”— Eddie Pepperell (@PepperellEddie) January 20, 2018
That image is burned into your brain forever now, thanks Eddie. From now on when you think of Kuchar you're going to think of those Sketches ads and "oopsies."
Which, I suppose is better than a, "Did you get that?"
Blayne Barber's caddie, Cory Gilmer, collapsed and hit his head while at a restaurant at the Sony Open and has been mostly unconscious in the neurological intensive care unit ever since.
The outpouring of love and support from the golf community has been overwhelming on social media, and a GoFundMe page has been set up to help with the mounting medical costs for Gilmer and his family.
Check out the link below for more info or to donate to a worthy cause:
Many people have asked how to help Cory and his family during his time in Hawaii. We set up a GoFundMe page! Check it out and give! Thank you all for the prayers and support.https://t.co/4frdZN4vrQ— Blayne Barber™ (@BlayneBarberAU) January 22, 2018
Top-ranked amateur wins LAAC, earns Masters invite
Joaquin Niemann walked Augusta National Golf Club as a patron last year. He’ll be a competitor in 2018.
Niemann, the top-ranked amateur in the world, shot 8-under 63 Tuesday at Prince of Wales Country Club in his native Santiago, Chile, to win the Latin America Amateur Championship.
And with the title, both redemption and an invitation to the Masters Tournament.
Niemann finished runner-up in last year’s LAAC to fellow Chilean Toto Gana. He followed Gana around Augusta grounds, watching as his best friend played two rounds before missing the cut.
Niemann, who was going to turn professional had he not won this week, started the final round one back of Mexico’s Alvaro Ortiz. Niemann was sluggish from the start on Tuesday, but then drove the 313-yard, par-4 eighth and made the eagle putt. That sparked a run of five birdies over his next six holes.
Niemann was bogey-free in the final round and finished five shots clear of Ortiz, at 11 under.
Judges Panel, Host Announced for Wilson Golf's "Driver vs. Driver 2," Premiering This Fall on Golf Channel
‘Driver vs. Driver 2 Presented by Wilson Currently in Production; Sports Broadcaster Melanie Collins Returns to Host
Morning Drive: Driver vs. Driver 2 Judges Announced
Golf Channel and Wilson Golf announced today the panel of judges and host for the second season of Driver vs. Driver, the innovative television series that follows aspiring golf equipment designers as they compete for the opportunity to have their driver idea or concept transformed into the next great golf driver from Wilson. The show is currently in production and will premiere this fall.
Joining judge Tim Clarke, President of Wilson Golf, are two newcomers to the series: 9-time National Hockey League (NHL) All-Star and current NHL on NBC hockey analyst Jeremy Roenick – an avid golfer with a single digit handicap and a self-described golf equipment junkie; and PGA Professional, golf coach, equipment reviewer and social media influencer Rick Shiels.
“Golf is a big passion of mine, and personally I enjoy learning about new equipment and concepts,” said Roenick. “To be able to see this side of the business in how equipment is developed first-hand is fascinating. Being a part of the process in reviewing driver concepts and narrowing them down to an ultimate winning driver that will be sold across the country is a tremendous honor.”
“Jeremy, as an avid golfer, and Rick, as a coach, equipment reviewer and golf professional, bring incredible, real world insights and different perspectives to the show and this process,” said Clarke. “I’m excited to work alongside these two judges to push the boundaries of innovation and bring a next-generation driver to golfers around the world.”
Sports broadcaster Melanie Collins returns as the host of Driver vs. Driver 2. Currently a sideline reporter for CBS Sports’ college football and basketball coverage, Collins hosted the inaugural season in 2016 and formerly co-hosted Golf Channel’s competition series, Big Break.
Production for Driver vs. Driver 2 began in the fall of 2017 and will continue through the summer, including this week at the PGA Merchandise Show. The series is being produced by Golf Channel, whose portfolio of original productions include interview series Feherty hosted by Emmy-nominated sports personality David Feherty, high-quality instruction shows School of Golf, Golf Channel Academy and Playing Lessons and a slate of award-winning films.