Duke defends ACC title with 24-shot victory

The Duke women defended their ACC Championship title.

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1SooBin KimWashington  68.13 
2Alison LeeUCLA  69.06 
3Leona MaguireDuke  69.52 
4Nanna MadsenS Carolina  69.75 
5Dana FinkelsteinUNLV  69.83 

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1Washington 70.58 
2South Carolina 70.87 
3UCLA 71.23 
4Duke 71.35 
5Stanford 71.38 

Duke defended its ACC title on Sunday without even appearing to break a sweat. The Blue Devils won their 18th conference title in program history with a 24-shot margin of victory.

“It never looked easy to me today,” head coach Dan Brooks said. “The greens firmed up and they were a little bit tough to read. I thought we might be losing ground and we ended up getting a bigger lead. It was great.”

Duke finished 54 holes at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C., at 30-over 882. The Blue Devils, the No. 4-ranked team in Golfweek’s rankings, also led after the first two rounds. The ACC Championship is Duke’s first victory this season, and the 113th of Brooks’ career. Brooks has now won at least one tournament title in 28 of his 29 seasons leading the Blue Devils.

North Carolina State, No. 22, was solo second at 54-over 906 and Virginia, No. 15, finished third, three shots behind that. Florida State was fourth.

Virginia’s Brittany Altomare won the individual title with her 4-over 217 total. Duke claimed three of the next seven spots. Laetitia Beck was solo second at 219, and Alejandra Cangrejo and Lindy Duncan were part of a three-way tie for third at 221. Duke freshman Celine Boutier was T-6, two more shots back.

--Information from Duke Athletics used in this report

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