Georgia Tech downs Wake Forest to claim ACC Championship
With five runner-up finishes this season, Georgia Tech picked the right time to win its first tournament of the year.
The Yellow Jackets defeated Wake Forest, 3-2 on Monday at the Country Club of North Carolina to win the ACC Championship for the 19th time in program history. The win came a day after Tech secured the No. 1 seed by winning the stroke play portion of the tournament by 16 shots. The Yellow Jackets became the first team to win the championship after finishing first in medal play.
Christo Lamprecht earned the first point of the day for Georgia Tech with an impressive 6 and 5 victory over ACC medalist Michael Brennan and Bartley Forrester edged Mark Power, 2 and 1, to give Georgia Tech a 2-0 lead in the match.
Boyd Owen and Scotty Kennon put two points on the board for the Demon Deacons, leaving the anchor match between Georgia Tech's Ross Steelman and Wake Forest's Andrew McLauchlan to decide the championship.
Steelman delivered the championship point by making a 27-foot downhill birdie putt on the 16th hole to close out McLauchlan, 3 and 2.
But Wake Forest countered with wins by Boyd Owens over Connor Howe (2&1) and Scotty Kennon over Hiroshi Tai (3&2) to tie things up at 2-2, setting up Steelman’s clutch putt and the exciting finish.
The Yellow Jackets will now await their destination at one of six NCAA Regional sites which will be announced on May 3.
ABOUT THE ACC Championship
Men's collegiate championship of the
Atlantic Coast Conference. 54 holes of stroke play
(team and individual competitions) followed by match
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