Date: June 30, 2010

Whitaker named ACC Scholar – Athlete of the Year

Duke University senior and Golf Australia National Squad member Alison Whitaker was named the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Women’s Golf Scholar-Athlete of the year on Tuesday as ACC Commissioner John Swofford released the 2010 All-ACC Academic Team. A senior psychology major, Whitaker is a three-time ACC All-Academic and All-ACC team honoree. She is also a two-time ACC Honour Roll selection. Whitaker, who is a native of Melbourne, Australia, closed her career with a 74.52 stroke average, which ranked second on the Duke squad. During the 2009-10 season, Whitaker posted two top five, four top 10 and six top 20 finishes. She tallied nine rounds of even or under par to rank second on the Blue Devil team. Whitaker turned in a season-best tied-for-second finish at the Arizona Wildcat Invitational with rounds of 69 and 72 for a total of 141. She tied for eighth at the ACC Championship, tied for 19th at the NCAA Regionals and tied for 39th at the NCAA Championships. Whitaker is the third straight Duke recipient of the Women’s Golf Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award. LPGA Tour rookie Amanda Blumenherst won the award in 2008 and 2009. To be eligible for consideration, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.00 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.00 cumulative average during her academic career.