Coach Profile Duke Womens Dan Brooks

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 7, 2003, 5:00 pm
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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

Open Qualifying Series kicks off with Aussie Open

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 21, 2017, 4:24 pm

The 147th Open is nearly eight months away, but there are still major championship berths on the line this week in Australia.

The Open Qualifying Series kicks off this week, a global stretch of 15 event across 10 different countries that will be responsible for filling 46 spots in next year's field at Carnoustie. The Emirates Australian Open is the first event in the series, and the top three players among the top 10 who are not otherwise exempt will punch their tickets to Scotland.

In addition to tournament qualifying opportunities, the R&A will also conduct four final qualifying events across Great Britain and Ireland on July 3, where three spots will be available at each site.

Here's a look at the full roster of tournaments where Open berths will be awarded:

Emirates Australian Open (Nov. 23-26): Top three players (not otherwise exempt) among top 10 and ties

Joburg Open (Dec. 7-10): Top three players (not otherwise exempt) among top 10 and ties

SMBC Singapore Open (Jan. 18-21): Top four players (not otherwise exempt) among top 12 and ties

Mizuno Open (May 24-27): Top four players (not otherwise exempt) among top 12 and ties

HNA Open de France (June 28-July 1): Top three players (not otherwise exempt) among top 10 and ties

The National (June 28-July 1): Top four players (not otherwise exempt) among top 12 and ties

Dubai Duty Free Irish Open (July 5-8): Top three players (not otherwise exempt) among top 10 and ties

The Greenbrier Classic (July 5-8): Top four players (not otherwise exempt) among top 10 and ties

Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open (July 12-15): Top three players (not otherwise exempt) among top 10 and ties

John Deere Classic (July 12-15): Top player (not otherwise exempt) among top five and ties

Stock Watch: Lexi, Justin rose or fall this week?

By Ryan LavnerNovember 21, 2017, 2:36 pm

Each week on, we’ll examine which players’ stocks and trends are rising and falling in the world of golf.


Jon Rahm (+9%): Just imagine how good he’ll be in the next few years, when he isn’t playing all of these courses for the first time. With no weaknesses in his game, he’s poised for an even bigger 2018.

Austin Cook (+7%): From Monday qualifiers to Q-School to close calls on the, it hasn’t been an easy road to the big leagues. Well, he would have fooled us, because it looked awfully easy as the rookie cruised to a win in just his 14th Tour start.

Ariya (+6%): Her physical tools are as impressive as any on the LPGA, and if she can shore up her mental game – she crumbled upon reaching world No. 1 – then she’ll become the world-beater we always believed she could be.  

Tommy Fleetwood (+4%): He ran out of gas in Dubai, but no one played better on the European Tour this year than Fleetwood, Europe’s new No. 1, who has risen from 99th to 18th in the world.   

Lexi (+1%): She has one million reasons to be pleased with her performance this year … but golf fans are more likely to remember the six runners-up and two careless mistakes (sloppy marking at the ANA and then a yippy 2-footer in the season finale) that cost her a truly spectacular season.


J-Rose (-1%): Another high finish in Dubai, but his back-nine 38, after surging into the lead, was shocking. It cost him not just the tournament title, but also the season-long race.  

Hideki (-2%): After getting blown out at the Dunlop Phoenix, he made headlines by saying there’s a “huge gap” between he and winner Brooks Koepka. Maybe something was lost in translation, but Matsuyama being too hard on himself has been a familiar storyline the second half of the year. For his sake, here’s hoping he loosens up.

Golf-ball showdown (-3%): Recent comments by big-name stars and Mike Davis’ latest salvo about the need for a reduced-flight ball could set up a nasty battle between golf’s governing bodies and manufacturers.

DL3 (-4%): Boy, the 53-year-old is getting a little too good at rehab – in recent years, he has overcome a neck fusion, foot injury, broken collarbone and displaced thumb. Up next is hip-replacement surgery.

LPGA Player of the Year (-5%): Sung Hyun Park and So Yeon Ryu tied for the LPGA’s biggest prize, with 162 points. How is there not a tiebreaker in place, whether it’s scoring average or best major performance? Talk about a buzzkill.

Titleist's Uihlein fires back at Davis over distance

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 21, 2017, 12:59 am

Consider Titleist CEO Wally Uihlein unmoved by Mike Davis' comments about the evolution of the golf ball – and unhappy.

In a letter to the Wall Street Journal, the outlet which first published Davis' comments on Sunday, Uihlein took aim at the idea that golf ball distance gains are hurting the sport by providing an additional financial burden to courses.

"Is there any evidence to support this canard … the trickle-down cost argument?” he wrote (via “Where is the evidence to support the argument that golf course operating costs nationwide are being escalated due to advances in equipment technology?"

Pointing the blame elsewhere, Uihlein criticized the choices and motivations of modern architects.

"The only people that seem to be grappling with advances in technology and physical fitness are the short-sighted golf course developers and the supporting golf course architectural community who built too many golf courses where the notion of a 'championship golf course' was brought on line primarily to sell real estate," he wrote.

The Titleist CEO even went as far as to suggest that Tiger Woods' recent comments that "we need to do something about the golf ball" were motivated by the business interersts of Woods' ball sponsor, Bridgestone.

"Given Bridgestone’s very small worldwide market share and paltry presence in professional golf, it would seem logical they would have a commercial motive making the case for a reduced distance golf ball," he added.

Acushnet Holdings, Titleist's parent company, announced in September that Uihlein would be stepping down as the company's CEO at the end of this year but that he will remain on the company's board of directors.

Class of 2011: The groups before The Group

By Mercer BaggsNovember 20, 2017, 9:00 pm

We’ve been grouping things since the beginning, as in The Beginning, when God said this is heaven and this is earth, and you’re fish and you’re fowl.

God probably wasn’t concerned with marketing strategies at the time and how #beastsoftheearth would look with a hashtag, but humans have evolved into such thinking (or not evolved, depending on your thinking).

We now have all manner of items lumped into the cute, the catchy and the kitschy. Anything that will capture our attention before the next thing quickly wrests said attention away.

Modern focus, in a group sense in the golf world, is on the Class of 2011. This isn’t an arbitrary assembly of players based on world ranking or current form. It’s not a Big Pick A Number.

There’s an actual tie that binds as it takes a specific distinction to be part of the club. It’s a group of 20-somethings who graduated from high school in the aforementioned year, many who have a PGA Tour card, a handful of who have PGA Tour wins, and a couple of who have major titles.

It’s a deep and talented collective, one for which our knowledge should continue to expand as resumes grow.

Do any “classes” in golf history compare? Well, it’s not like we’ve long been lumping successful players together based on when they completed their primary education. But there are other notable groups of players, based primarily on birthdate, relative competition and accomplishment.

Here’s a few on both the men’s and women’s side:

BORN IN 1912

Birthdate Player PGA Tour wins Major wins
Feb. 4, 1912 Byron Nelson 52 5
May 27, 1912 Sam Snead 82 7
Aug. 13, 1912 Ben Hogan 64 9

Born six months within one another. Only a threesome, but a Hall of Fame trio that combined for 198 PGA Tour wins and 21 majors.

BORN IN 1949

Birthdate Player PGA Tour wins Major wins
Sept. 4, 1949 Tom Watson 39 8
Dec. 5, 1949 Lanny Wadkins 21 1
Dec. 9, 1949 Tom Kite 19 1

Only 96 days separate these three Hall of Fame players. Extend the reach into March of 1950 and you'll get two-time U.S. Open winner Andy North.

BORN IN 1955

Birthdate Player PGA Tour wins Major wins
Jan. 30, 1955 Curtis Strange 17 2
Jan. 30, 1955 Payne Stewart 11 3
Feb. 10, 1955 Greg Norman 20 2

Another trio of Hall of Fame players. Strange and Stewart were born on the same day with Norman 11 days later. Fellow PGA Tour winners born in 1955: Scott Simpson, Scott Hoch and Loren Roberts.


Birthdate Player LPGA wins Major wins
Feb. 22, 1956 Amy Alcott 29 5
Oct. 14, 1956 Beth Daniel 33 1
Oct. 27, 1956 Patty Sheehan 35 6
Jan. 6, 1957 Nancy Lopez 48 3

A little arbitrary here, but go with it. Four Hall of Famers on the women's side, all born within one year of each other. That's an average (!) career of 36 tour wins and nearly four majors.


Birthdate Player Euro (PGA Tour) wins Major wins
April 9, 1957 Seve Ballesteros 50 (9) 5
July 18, 1957 Nick Faldo 30 (9) 6
Aug. 27, 1957 Bernhard Langer 42 (3) 2
Feb. 9, 1958 Sandy Lyle 18 (6) 2
March 2, 1958 Ian Woosnam 29 (2) 1

The best 'class' of players Europe has to offer. Five born within a year of one another. Five Hall of Fame members. Five who transformed and globalized European golf.


Birthdate Player PGA Tour wins Major wins
Sept. 12, 1969 Angel Cabrera 3 2
Oct. 17, 1969 Ernie Els 19 4
May 12, 1970 Jim Furyk 17 1
May 12, 1970 Mike Weir 8 1
June 16, 1970 Phil Mickelson 42 5

Not a tight-knit group, but a little more global bonding in accordance to the PGA Tour's increased international reach. Add in worldwide wins – in excess of 200 combined – and this group is even more impressive.

BORN IN 1980

Birthdate Player PGA Tour wins Major wins
Jan. 9, 1980 Sergio Garcia 10 1
July 16, 1980 Adam Scott 13 1
July 30, 1980 Justin Rose 8 1

Could be three future Hall of Fame members here.

Editor's note: Golf Channel's editorial research unit contributed.