For the 21st time Duke has won the ACC crown
(Duke Athletics Photo)
GREENSBORO, NC (April 23, 2018) - The 2018 playing of the ACC Women's Championship was owned by the Duke Blue Devils. Not only did Duke go 15-under to win by 27-strokes but they had the medalist winner and three other top-five finishers on their side. For Duke the win was their third straight ACC title and 21st overall.
Once again the medalist race belonged to Leona Maguire winning the ACC Individual title for a third time, this time besting teammate Jaravee Boonchant on the third extra hole. Replaying the 18th hole each player parred the hole twice thus sending the match to the 17th for a third extra hole where another par from Maguire earned her the title.
Maguire began the day ahead by one but it was a battle all day long with with each player capping their day with a closing hole birdie to finish regulation 6-under.
Fellow teammate Ana Belac was part of a tie for third at 2-under while 2016 NCAA Individual champion Virginia Elena Carta playing in only her second spring tournament was even-par sharing fifth.
“We had a great tournament,” said head coach Dan Brooks now a 20 time ACC tournament winner. “I am real proud of the team. They adapted to the conditions well on a course they have never seen. There are some intimidating holes out there, and they did a great job.”
Florida State (+12) finished a very distant second, Clemson (+13) was third, in fourth came Virginia (+21) and in fifth it was Wake Forest (+26).
The top-five of the medalist race was rounded out by Morgane Metraux (Florida State) and Belac in third at 2-under while Carta, Amanda Doherty (Florida State), Jennifer Kupcho (Wake Forest) and Beth Lillie (Virginia) were even-par in fifth.
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ABOUT THE ACC Women's Championship
Match Play Championship with 54-holes of stroke-play
qualifying to determine the low eight teams
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