Brinker, Chen & Shepherd Earn All-ACC Academic Honors

Brinker, Chen & Shepherd Earn All-ACC Academic Honors


Brinker, Chen, and Shepherd were honored for the second time in a row. This is the 11th consecutive year that the Blue Devils have collected at minimum three players who are on the All-ACC Academic Team.
To be eligible to be considered for the All-ACC Academic Team, a student-athlete, regardless of the class must have attained an average of 3.00 percent grade during the last semester and have maintained the 3.00 average throughout her education.

A 2022 ACC Champion 2022, Brinker produced a 73.24 stroke-per-hour average throughout the year in nine tournaments. She racked up two top-five and four top-20 performances and finished the season ranked as No. 78 nationally. In the ACC Championship, Brinker fired rounds of 70 65, 71, and 70 for 10 under, 206, to earn individual medalist awards. She was the 16th Blue Devil to capture the ACC individual title. Brinker hails located in Wilmington, Del., has also been awarded the Tom Cousins award at the East Lake Cup, which is awarded to a golfer who best represents the principles of academics as well as involvement in the community.

In only her second year as a member of the Blue Devils, Chen earned All-ACC recognition as she recorded an all-time high 72.79 stroke-per-round average across 10 tournaments she played. Chen won the Chattanooga Classic individual title with rounds of 72, 69, and 66, for a 9-under total of 207. Chen is native to Sugar Land, Texas, was the leader at Duke by playing 13 rounds at or below par, and racked up three top 10 places. She finished the year at No. 58 nationally.

A native from Greenwood, Ind., Shepherd put together a strong third season for the Blue Devils as she compiled an all-time high team 72.24 stroke-per-round average along with four top-five finishes and five top-20 finishes during the year. Shepherd finished the season with five consecutive rounds that were equal to or better than par and racked up a total of 12 for the season. Shepherd was twice an All-ACC as well as an All-America selection and concluded the year with an unbeatable number. 26 position on the Golfweek individual ledger.

A Florida State student named Amelia Williamson was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Golf Scholar of the Year.

The ACC Scholar-Athlete Award award was introduced in September 2007 and is given annually to the best senior or junior student-athletes in their sport. The candidates for the award must maintain a 3.0 GPA throughout their entire career and have a 3.0 in the two most recent semesters.

The ACC Honor Roll, which honors all student-athletes from the conference with an average grade in the range of 3.0 for the current academic year will be announced in July.

2022 All-ACC Academic Women’s Golf Team
Nathalie Irlbacher, Boston College, Sr., General Management
Angel Lin**, Boston College, So., Finance
Savannah Grewal**, Clemson, Jr., Health Science
Annabelle Pancake**, Clemson, So., Health Science
Phoebe Brinker **, Duke, So., Public Policy Studies
Anne Chen **, Duke, So., Public Policy Studies
Erica Shepherd **, Duke, Jr., Psychology
Alice Hodge**, Florida State, So., Finance
Amelia Williamson**, Florida State, Sr., Sport Management
Kendall Griffin, Louisville, Gr., Sport Administration
Sara Byrne, Miami, Fr., Accounting
Kristyna Frydlova ****, Miami, Sr., Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Master’s Degree
Krista Junkkari, North Carolina, Jr., Psychology
Kayla Smith, North Carolina, Jr., Exercise and Sport Science
Natalie Armbruster, NC State, Sr., Business
Inja Fric, NC State, Jr., Business
Chloe Schiavone, Notre Dame, So., Marketing
Jennifer Cleary**, Virginia, So., Commerce
Beth Lillie ****, Virginia, Gr., Master’s Education
Amanda Sambach, Virginia, Fr., Kinesiology
Riley Smyth**, Virginia, Sr., Economics
Celeste Valinho**, Virginia, Jr., Media Studies
Emily Mahar ***, Virginia Tech, Gr., Agriculture, and Life Sciences
Rachel Kuehn**, Wake Forest, Sr., Business & Enterprise Management
Carolina Lopez-Chacarra, Wake Forest, So., Undeclared
Virunpat Olankitkunchai, Wake Forest, Gr., Business Analytics
Lauren Walsh**, Wake Forest, Jr., Mathematical Business

*indicates the number of All-Academic-Team distinctions

ACC Women’s Golf Scholar-Athlete of the Year:
2022 Amelia Williamson, Florida State
2021 Gina Kim, Duke
2020 Not given because of COVID-19
2019 Virginia Elena Carta, Duke
2018 Leona Maguire, Duke
2017 Leona Maguire, Duke
2016 Daniella Darquea, Miami
2015 Celine Boutier, Duke
2014 Brittany Marchand, NC State
2013 Lindy Duncan, Duke
2012 Lindy Duncan, Duke
2011 Natalie Sheary, Wake Forest
2010 Alison Whitaker, Duke
2009 Amanda Blumenherst, Duke
2008 Amanda Blumenherst, Duke



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