The Nebraska women’s golf team has added University of Washington transfer Alice Duan to the Husker roster for the 2020-21 season, Coach Lisa Johnson announced on Tuesday, June 16.
Duan, who competed in seven events for the Huskies as a senior in 2019-20 and produced a 75.35 stroke average on the year, will have one season of eligibility for Nebraska. Duan earned her bachelor’s degree in business from Washington following the 2019-20 season and chose to transfer to Nebraska after the NCAA granted women’s golfers an additional year of eligibility because of the coronavirus outbreak in March. Duan is pursuing additional certification in business analytics at Nebraska.
“Alice brings a wealth of experience competing on the national stage, competing in the NCAA Regional and NCAA Championship in 2019, along with playing in the 2018 U.S. Women’s Amateur,” Johnson said. “Her work ethic both in the classroom and on the course are second to none. She has a wonderful sense of humor and will be an all-around great Husker. We look for her to make an immediate impact.”
As a senior at Washington, Duan posted her best finish of the season with a tie for ninth at the Molly Collegiate Invitational. She also tied for 22nd at the Edean Ihlanfeldt and tied for 23rd at the Cardinal Cup. She added top-30 finishes at the Pac-12 Preview (T28th) and the Juli Inkster Meadow Club Collegiate (T29th).
Duan’s performance as a senior followed a junior campaign when she posted a 75.08 stroke average over 36 rounds for the Huskies. She recorded a pair of top-10 finishes and produced seven rounds better than par. She notched her top tournament finish at UW by taking fourth at the Nittany Lion Invitational, before contributing a tie for 10th at the PING/ASU Invitational. Duan tied for 28th at the NCAA Cle Elum Regional to help Washington to a second-place team finish.
Duan opened her collegiate career at Cal State Northridge. As a sophomore in 2017-18, she led the Matadors with a team-best 75.50 stroke average. Duan also posted four top-10 individual finishes among seven top-25 showings as a sophomore. After her second season at Cal State Northridge, Duan won the 2018 West Coast Women’s Amateur by two strokes following a win at the Sacramento City Championship.
She competed in all 10 tournaments for CSUN as a true freshman in 2016-17, producing a 78.20 stroke average over 26 rounds. Her best finish as a freshman came in a tie for 15th at the Santa Clara Colby Invitational.
A two-time all-stater in golf at Robert McQueen High School in Reno, Nev., Duan was the NIAA High Desert League Athlete of the Year in 2015. She was a four-time first-team all-region selection. She also graduated with a 4.0 GPA and was named Robert McQueen’s valedictorian.