North Carolina women waltz to ACC crown
Sunday, April 17, 2011
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The North Carolina Tar Heels captured their first ACC Championship in 19 years. And they did it in style.
UNC, which entered at No. 20 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, shot 23-under 875 and won by 24 strokes April 17 over rival Duke, which was ranked No. 5.
The Heels, led by individual runner-up Allie White and third-place Catherine O’Donnell, shot 23-over 875 in winning at Sedgefield Country Club, their first ACC crown since 1992. UNC also had a pair of freshmen finish in the top 10: Katherine Perry (sixth) and Casey Grice (T-7).
Cheyenne Woods of Wake Forest posted a 3-under 68 in the final round and a 5-under 208 total to capture the individual title by seven shots over White. Woods, the niece of Tiger Woods, was the third consecutive Wake player to win the individual crown, following Natalie Sheary in 2009 and Michelle Shin last year.
“We had a great fall and our spring was very up and down,” North Carolina head coach Jan Mann said. “I knew we had an extremely talented team, and I knew that we would have to play exceptionally well. To be honest, I did not think we would win the tournament by this large of a margin. We have some great teams in the ACC and they always perform well. For our team to come out and play as they did was pretty special.”