Wake Forest wins second straight ACC title
A year after dethroning Duke as Atlantic Coast Conference champions, Wake Forest has gone back-to-back.
The Demon Deacons, No. 12 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, won their second consecutive ACC title Sunday, hanging on for a four-shot victory over No. 18 Virginia. Wake Forest, which held a 15-shot lead to start the final round, closed with a 14-over 298 at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C., to finish at 17-over 869.
Virginia shot a final-round best 287. No. 4 Duke (288) was third at 874 and No. 20 Florida State (302) was fourth at 901.
“The students played so well this afternoon on the back nine,” said Wake Forest head coach Dianne Dailey. “We gave up a lot of shots there on the front nine, but they came back and held it together. They really showed what true champions they are.”
Wake Forest freshman Michelle Shin birdied four of her last six holes to card an even-par 71 and win the individual title by a shot over Virginia’s Brittany Altomare (71) and Calle Nielson (69). Shin finished at 2-under 211.
“It feels really good,” said Shin, who set a school and ACC 36-hole scoring record with a 2-under 211. “I’ve been playing well for the last few weeks so it felt really good to play consistently and pull it out in the end.”
It was the first victory of Shin’s career and she became the first freshman to win the ACC individual title since Duke’s Amanda Blumenhurst won it as a freshman in 2006. Shin is also the second-straight Demon Deacon to win the conference title. Natalie Sheary won the title last year in a playoff over Blumenhurst.
Sophomore Cheyenne Woods, who won the Bryan National Collegiate on April 4, tied for sixth at 218 and senior Dolores White tied for eighth at 219.
It was Wake Forest’s first victory of the season. The Demon Deacons finished runner-up at the season-opening Topy Cup and at the Bryan National Collegiate.
Prior to 2009, Duke had won 13 consecutive ACC titles.
– Information from Wake Forest athletics was used in this report