April 18, 2010

Courtesy of The ACC

GREENSBORO, NC (theACC.com)- Wake Forest claimed its fifth ACC Women's Golf Championship in dramatic fashion with a four-stroke victory (869) over Virginia (873) at the 2010 ACC Women's Golf Championship at Sedgefield Country Club (Par 71, 6,355 yards).

The title was the second in a row for Wake Forest after winning last year at Sedgefield Country Club. The Deacons also won back to back titles in 1994 and 1995.

"I'm so excited I really don't know what to say," said Wake Forest head coach Dianne Dailey. "The students played so well this afternoon on the back nine. We gave up a lot of shots there on the front nine but they came back and held it together. They really showed what true champions they are."

The individual race was close with Wake Forest freshman Michelle Shin (Cape Coral, Fla.) capturing medalist honors with a two-under-par 211. Shin is the first freshman to win the individual honor since Duke's Amanda Blumenherst captured the title in 2006.

"It feels really good. That's about all I can say," said Shin. "I've been playing well for the last few weeks so it felt really good to play consistently this week and pull it out in the end."

The Demon Deacons started the final round with a 15-shot lead but Duke and Virginia fought back to even the score at one point during the tournament before the Demon Deacons pulled away with the victory. Virginia finished second and was led by freshman Brittany Altomare (Shrewsbury, Mass.) and junior Calle Nielson (Nashville, Tenn.) who tied for second with a one-under-par 212 score. Duke finished in third place with an 874 score and was led by two freshmen in Lindy Duncan (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) and Stacey Kim (Columbus, Ga.) who tied for fourth with a three-over-par 216.

Florida State finished fourth with a score of 901 and was led by sophomore Maria Salinas (Lima, Peru) who finished 10th with a seven-over-par 220.

North Carolina senior Kate Thomas (Murwillumbah, Australia) led her team to a fifth-place finish (906) and individually had a five-over-par 218.

Maryland finished in sixth place (915) as graduate student Carly Hunt (Berwyn, Pa.) led her team individually with a tie for 16th (227, +14).

NC State, Miami and Boston College finished seventh, eighth, and ninth, respectively.

NC State senior Emily Street (Forest City, N.C.) led her team and tied for 19th (228,+15), while sophomore Begona Sarabia (Bilbao,Vielua, Spain) was the top performer for Miami with a score of 234 and a 27th place individual finish. Boston College junior Kelsey Rockey (Southlake, Tex.) finished tied for 36th with a score of 243.

ACC teams will now await selections for NCAA Regionals which will be held May 6-8, 2010.