Duke women win ACC Championship
GREENSBORO, N.C. – After a three-year hiatus at the top, the Duke women’s team once again is the Atlantic Coast Conference champions.
The Blue Devils, who won the ACC Women’s Championship for 13 consecutive years from 1996 to 2008, had been dethroned the past three seasons by Wake Forest (2009, ’10) and North Carolina (2011).
This year, however, Duke went wire to wire at Sedgefield Country Club and, led by individual medalist Lindy Duncan, won its 17th ACC title overall. The Blue Devils, who took command with a 4-under 280 in the opening round, finished at 23-over 875 and won by 10 strokes over North Carolina. Wake Forest (892) was third, followed by Florida State (899) and Virginia (903).
Duke had been 0-for-3 at Sedgefield, which has played host to the event the past four years.
“I have had a love-hate relationship with Sedgefield because I absolutely love this golf course,” Duke coach Dan Brooks said. “But I hated the fact that we could not win here. We haven’t been the team that we were for a decade or so, but I still felt like we could win here and we did have a monkey on our backs, so this means a lot.”
Duncan, who is No. 1 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, posted rounds of 70-69-71 and finished at 3-under 210 to win by six shots and became Duke’s 15th ACC individual champion. Duke’s Alejandra Cangrejo, Florida State’s Maria Salinas and Wake Forest’s Olafia Kristinsdottir tied for second at 3-over 216.