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
Woods: Fan who yelled had 'tipped back a few'
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tiger Woods stood on the 18th tee and thought he needed birdie to have a chance to win The Open. He pulled driver out of his bag, a sign he wanted to boot the ball as far down the fairway as possible.
Woods took a mighty swat and - right in the middle of his downswing - someone yelled. Woods flinched.
Luckily his ball still found a decent spot just off the right of the fairway.
“I’ve had things like that happen a lot in my career with people who just tried to time it,” Woods said Sunday at Carnoustie after shooting 71 to tie for sixth place. “They tipped back a few, and it’s late in the day.
“Unfortunately, that’s part of what we have to deal with in today’s game. People are trying to yell out things to try to be on TV or be in social media or whatever it may be. That was too close to the game of play.”
Woods hit his approach to 6 feet and missed the birdie putt. He tapped in for par to shoot even par and finish 5 under for the week, in a tie for sixth.
Pros melt down on Twitter as they watch Tiger
Tiger Woods mounted a final-round charge and, for a little while, took the outright lead at Carnoustie on Sunday.
His fellow pros were watching and tweeting like your average fans.
We compiled some of their missives below:
Woods would go on to finish in a tie for sixth at 5 under par for the week.
Starting to wonder how many Tiggy is going to win by here........... #isheback— Graeme McDowell (@Graeme_McDowell) July 22, 2018
Tiger is leading the open pic.twitter.com/MbGnJIt1Jj— Tyrrell Hatton (@TyrrellHatton) July 22, 2018
That FW bunker shot by Tiger tho... pic.twitter.com/Fi3GY6AegO— Scott Langley (@Scott_Langley) July 22, 2018
Tiger back doing Tiger stuff.......— Graeme McDowell (@Graeme_McDowell) July 22, 2018
I love you https://t.co/JovVz2clm2— Braden Thornberry (@tberrygolf) July 22, 2018
Omg lesgo @TigerWoods— Willy Wilcox (@willwilcoxgolf) July 22, 2018
Right now, Tiger is like everyone’s ex who we’ve given way too many 2nd chances to, and he has the opportunity to rip your heart right out of your chest but we’re all ok with it because we tend to only remember the good times— max homa (@maxhoma23) July 22, 2018
Woods shares emotional embrace with his kids
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tiger Woods missed a birdie putt on the last hole that would’ve vaulted him into a tie for second place at The Open. It was a difficult way to end an otherwise successful week for the 14-time major champion, who is just happy to playing majors again.
Then he walked off the 18th, saw his two children, daughter Sam and son Charlie, and they all took a moment for a long embrace. Turns out, that was the perfect way to end the week.
“I told them I tried and I said, 'Hopefully you’re proud of your pops for trying as hard as I did,'” Woods said Sunday after putting the finishing touches on an even-par 71 to end at 5 under for the week.
“It’s pretty emotional because they gave me some pretty significant hugs there and squeezed. I know that they know how much this championship means to me and how much it feels good to be back playing again.”
In 2008, when Woods won his last major, the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines, Sam was a year old and Charlie was not yet born. They don’t know how much their father used to dominate this game, especially majors. The last time Woods won a PGA Tour event was five full years ago. Woods has joked in the past that they only know him as a YouTube sensation.
“So, for them to understand what I was doing early in my career,” he said. “The only thing they’ve seen is my struggles and the pain I was going through. Now they just want to go play soccer with me. Man, it’s just such a great feeling.”
TT postscript: Not a win, but an amazing week
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Here are a few things I think I think after Tiger Woods had a chance to win his 15th major Sunday at The Open at Carnousite:
• Tiger shot 71-71-66-71 to finish at 5 under par and tie for sixth place.
• When Jordan Spieth and Xander Schauffele both bogeyed the fifth hole Tiger was in the solo lead. Amazing to think that only last September he said he never knew if he’d ever play golf again. Here he was, nine months later with a chance to win a fourth claret jug. Amazing.
• For 10 holes, Tiger was the calmest, coolest, most composed player on the golf course. Birdies at Nos. 4 and 6 looked easy, while most everyone else was struggling to make par.
• To me, the biggest mistake of the week, and certainly of the final round, was Tiger’s decision to get cute and hit a flop shot up and over a bunker into the 11th hole. It checked up and rolled back down and off the green. He failed to get up and down and made double bogey. If he’d have pitched the ball 12-15 past the hole he’d had have a chance to save par and would’ve made no worse than bogey.
• The double bogey felt worse when Tiger made bogey on the 12th hole. This two-hole stretch cost him three shots and he finished three shots off the lead.
• Tiger moved to 50th in the Official World Golf Ranking, which qualifies him for the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, which he has won eight times.
• One of the best moments of the week came after Tiger’s round when he gave his kids, daughter Sam and son Charlie, long hugs. Tiger said it was especially emotional because both kids knew how much this week meant to their old man. They had only seen Tiger struggle; it was great for them to see his success.
• Tiger: “Today I did everything the way I thought I needed to do it to win the championship. This entire week, I felt like I needed to keep building my way into this championship. It's one of those where, as I said earlier in the week, it's going to be 10, 12 guys with a chance to win it on Sunday because we're all driving the same areas. Kind of turned out that way. There are a bunch of guys packed, a bunch of guys with a chance to win, and I was one of them.”
• Overall, an amazing week. Truly tremendous to watch.