Shin, Woods claim inaugural NGCA Team title
The Wake Forest duo of Cheyenne Woods and Michelle Shin won the inaugural Hooters Team Championship Thursday, putting the finishing touches on a three-day score of 15-under 273 at Achasta in Dahlonega, Ga.
The three-day tournament featured alternate shot (Day 1), best ball (Day 2) and aggregate score (Day 3) formats. Thirty-five two-person teams comprised of the top current women’s college players from Divisions I, II and III entered the event, sponsored by the National Golf Coaches Association. The event is not recognized as an in-season collegiate tournament.
After opening with a even-par 72 in Day 1’s alternate shot, Woods and Shin, both juniors, made up considerable ground on the field with their 10-under 62 in Day 2’s best ball, the lowest score of the day. The pair backed that up with a 5-under 139 in team stroke play – a day that included an eagle from Woods at the 15th as Shin made birdie to help swing the tournament in their favor. The Wake Forest pairing sealed the deal with birdies at Nos. 16 and 17. They finished two shots ahead of Alabama’s Brooke Pancake and Jennifer Kirby, who had led throughout the first two rounds of the championship.
“The whole day I really wasn’t making any putts,” Woods said after the final round. “Going into No. 15 I had a great putt for eagle and fortunately I made it and that really gave us some momentum going down the stretch.”
Stetson’s Alexandria Buelow and Lauren Cate also put together three solid days of play, finishing third at 10-under 278. Buelow and Cate turned in a 9-under 63 in the best ball portion to hang near the top of the field before going a combined 3 over in the final round.
Virginia’s Brittany Altomare and Elizabeth Brightwell were fourth at 7-under 281 while Florida’s Jessica Yadloczky and Evan Jensen rounded out the top 5 at 5-under 283.
Ashland’s Annie Miles and Erin Misheff earned the highest finish of the Division II players in the field with their T-16. Gustavus Adolphus’ Taylor Drenttel and Katie Schenfeld took top Divison III honors after finishing in 39th place.
– Information from Wake Forest used in this report.