Only one player – Wake Forest’s Cheyenne Woods – broke par at the ACC Women’s Golf Championship over the weekend at Greensboro, N.C. The niece of professional golfer Tiger Woods shot rounds of 70-70-68 on the Par-71 Sedgefield Country Club to finish at 5-under and seven shots clear of North Carolina’s Allie White.
“She’s doing her own thing, and I think she’s been very successful at doing it,” said Wake Forest head coach Diane Dailey after Sunday’s final round. “She has a famous relative or famous uncle, but for her, that monkey is off her back now. People are going to look at her for who she is, and I think for anybody who came out to watch her play [Sunday] could see she’s a true champion.”
The 48th-ranked Woods, a junior from Phoenix, has averaged 73.6 per round this season and had just one top-10 finish in eight starts in 2010-11.
No. 24 North Carolina routed the field to win the team title. The Lady Heels finished 24 shots in front of No. 5 Duke and 28 strokes in front of No. 6 Virginia. In the individual race, White, unranked, and No. 42 Catherine O’Donnell finished second and third, respectively.
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• Three of the top five women’s teams in Division II teed it up for the SSC Championships in Boca Raton on Monday and Tuesday. No. 1 Nova Southeastern and No. 2 Florida Southern each stood at 21-over par through 36 holes with the final round set for Tuesday. No. 5 Rollins College was 13 shots back in third. Of the 40 individuals, Nova’s Sandra Changkija was the only to shoot par. The 2010 D-III medalist and current D-III No. 1 shot a pair of 72s on Monday and held a one shot lead over Florida Southern’s Megan Kiley.
• The semifinalists for the Ben Hogan Award, college golf’s top honor, were named last week. Three of the players – Peter Uihlein, Morgan Hoffman and Kevin Tway – play for No. 1 Oklahoma State. Other semifinalists are: Auburn’s Blaine Barber, UCLA’s Patrick Cantley, Alabama’s Bud Cauley, Florida’s Andres Echavarria, Illinois’ Scott Langley, Augusta State’s Patrick Reed and Stanford’s Andrew Yun. The field will be narrowed to three on May 4 with the winner announced May 16.
• Akron, ranked 107 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings, won the Illini Spring Classic over the weekend by 10 shots. The rain-shortened event included No. 13 Illinois, who finished second, and nine other Big Ten schools. The Zips have no individual ranked inside the top 100 but had three of the top six led by Charlie Bull’s two rounds of 1-over 73.
Women’s Weekend Notes
• No. 3 Alabama never recovered from a poor start at the SEC Women’s Championship over the weekend, finishing 11 shots behind host Auburn. The 17th-ranked Tigers shot even-par 864 over the three days at the Auburn University Country Club. Tennessee’s Erica Popson opened with a 6-under 66 and held off Georgia’s Marta Silva Zamora by one stroke to earn medalist honors in a field that included five of the Top 10 individuals in the country. LSU’s top-ranked Megan McChrystal tied for 19th at 9-over par.
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• Idaho’s Kayla Mortellaro, the top-ranked player in the field at the WAC Championship, earned medalist honors by three shots. San Jose State edged New Mexico State for the team title.
• Five of the nation’s Top 10 teams and eight of the Top 25 individuals will finish competition at the Pac-10 Championships in Tempe, Ariz. on Tuesday. UCLA’s Tiffany Lua and Southern California’s Sophia Popov shared the 36-hole lead with No. 2 USC holding a 7-stroke lead heading into Tuesday’s final 18 holes. Through two days the Lady Trojans’ worst round was a 7-over 79 by Rachel Morris on Monday. No. 1 UCLA started Tuesday 11 shots back.
Men’s Weekend Notes
• No. 9 Texas A&M ended No. 1 Oklahoma State’s string of consecutive victories at three with an 18-shot win on The Traditions Golf Club, the Aggies’ home course. Of the Top 10 individuals, six teed off for either TAMU or OSU with second-ranked Peter Uihlein, coming off an appearance at The Masters last weekend, earning medalist honors by five shots with a 6-under 210. The nation’s top-ranked individual, Oklahoma State’s Kevin Tway, finished tied for second with TAMU’s Jordan Russell.
• No. 6 Florida claimed the SEC title by six shots at the Sea Island Golf Club. The Gators finished at 8-over, six shots better than No. 2 Alabama, and had three individuals – medalist Andres Echavarria, Phillip Choi and Bank Vongvanji – finish in the top five.
• No. 3 UCLA won the 65th Western Intercollegiate in Santa Cruz, Calif., by eight shots. New Mexico State’s 66th-ranked Timothy Madigan earned medalist honors in a 92-player field that included two members of the top 10. Stanford’s fourth-ranked Andrew Yun finished in a three-way tie for second, two shots behind Madigan’s 3-under 207. UCLA’s Patrick Cantley, ranked eighth, finished at 4-over.