Duke’s Beck qualifies for British Open

From News ReleasesJuly 7, 2014 

— Recent Duke graduate Laetitia Beck shot a four-under-par 70 Monday and earned one of 15 open slots in the Women’s British Open this week at Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport, England.

Beck, a native of Caesarea, Israel, tied fifth in final qualifying at Southport and Ainsdale.

• Duke junior Celine Boutier is set to compete in the European Ladies Amateur Team Championship on July 8-12 at the Golf and Country Club Diners Ljubljana in Slovenia.

Boutier, who is from Montrouge, France, will compete for her home country.


Duke senior wide receiver Jamison Crowder and redshirt sophomore safety/cornerback DeVon Edwards have been selected to the preseason watch list for the Hornung Award, presented annually to the most versatile player in the nation.

Crowder posted an ACC single-season record 108 receptions for 1,360 yards and eight touchdowns, and returned 25 punts for 402 yards and two touchdowns last year.

Edwards had 64 tackles, three interceptions and six pass breakups and finished second in the balloting for ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year.

Redshirt senior linebacker Kelby Brown and redshirt junior safety Jeremy Cash were named to the preseason watch list for the Chuck Bednarik Award as the top defensive player in the nation.

Brown, a native of Charlotte, earned first-team All-ACC honors in 2013 after posting 114 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, a sack, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries.

Cash totaled 121 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, four interceptions and two forced fumbles in his first season as a Blue Devil.

• East Carolina seniors Shane Carden and Justin Hardy were named to the Maxwell Award watch list. The award is given each year to the national college player of the year.

Carden, a quarterback who was named Conference USA MVP in 2013, passed for an ECU season record 4,139 yards and completed an FBS second-best 70.5 percent of his throws with 33 touchdowns.

Hardy, a two-time first-team All C-USA receiver, hauled down an ECU and league-best 114 passes for 1,284 yards to establish new season Pirates records, to go along with eight TDs.

Track and Field

Wake Forest sophomore Charlie Ionata won the USA Track & Field Junior National Championship in the hammer throw Sunday in Eugene, Ore. Ionata, who set the school record in the event this spring, threw 222 feet, 1 inch to win the event.

On the women’s side, sophomore Casidy Callahan had her second-best throw ever in the discus, a mark of 154-06, to place eighth at the meet and sixth among collegiate competitors.

Callahan also placed ninth in the hammer throw.


Crayton Jones was named assistant women’s coach at East Carolina, coach Heather Macy announced.

Jones spent the past five seasons as an assistant for the men’s program at NCAA Division II member Francis Marion.

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