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2018 ACC Champions
Blue Devils Sweep ACC Women's Golf Titles
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 04/23/2018
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GREENSBORO, N.C. – For the 21st time in school history, the Duke women’s golf program are ACC Champions as the top-seeded and fifth-ranked Blue Devils compiled an impressive 15-under-par, 849, to win by 27 strokes at the 6,122-yard, par 72 Grandover Resort & Conference Center East Course in Greensboro, N.C.

Blue Devil senior Leona Maguire won her third ACC Individual crown as she outlasted teammate Jaravee Boonchant in three playoff holes to win the title. The duo birdied the final hole of their rounds on No. 18 to finish in a tie at six-under, 210, and needed three playoff holes to decide the winner in pouring down rain.

“They are both very competitive,” said Duke head coach Dan Brooks. “There wasn’t a whole lot of chatting going on between them during the playoff, I can tell you that, and that is just because they are competitors. Off the course, when they are not competing like that, they are good friends. We have a real tight team. Everybody pulls for one another, and that’s great.”

Duke carded rounds of 282, 281 and 286 over the three days to produce a 15-under-par, 849, to finish 27 strokes ahead of Florida State (876). Clemson (877), Virginia (885) and Wake Forest (890) rounded out the top five teams. The 15-under, 849, was the lowest 54-hole ledger in Blue Devil ACC Championship history besting a five-under, 859, a year ago.

“We had a great tournament,” said Brooks. “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.”

It marked the 20th ACC Championship under the direction of Brooks and the second straight. The win was the first of the spring season for the Blue Devils and the fourth victory of the 2017-18 campaign.

Duke featured four golfers in the top five of the leaderboard after it was all said and done. Maguire (1st), Boonchant (2nd), sophomore Ana Belac (T3rd) and junior Virginia Elena Carta (T5th).

Maguire and Boonchant were back and forth all day, after Maguire opened the final round with a one stroke advantage at six-under-par. After a bogey on the first hole by Maguire, the duo was even at 5-under-par. Maguire went back ahead with a two-foot birdie on No. 2. Both golfers suffered bogeys on the challenging fifth hole, but Boonchant would take her first lead of the tournament on the 510-yard, par five sixth hole as she chipped in for her team-best fifth eagle of the season. A native of Bangkok, Thailand, Boonchant used her 60-degree wedge from 27 yards to move ahead by one stroke.

Both Blue Devils suffered three-putt bogeys on No. 12 and then notched four straight pars. Boonchant had a bogey on No. 17 to even the ledger at five-under with one hole remaining. Heading to the par five 18th, Boonchant connected on a four-footer for birdie to move ahead by one stroke as Maguire looked on. Maguire, who hails from Cavan, Ireland, hit a great shot from the rough down the fairway. With 72 yards remaining and needing a birdie to send it to a playoff, Maguire came through big time as she hit her 52-degree wedge to two feet and connected on her 11th birdie of the tournament.

The Duke golfers went back to the No. 18 tee box and both had good drives, before it looked like Maguire had the advantage as Boonchant hit approach into the green long, while Maguire was approximately 12 feet away for birdie. Boonchant hit a perfect chip to eight feet and needed to make that for par. After Maguire missed her birdie chance and made par, Boonchant rattled in an eight-footer to send the match to another playoff hole.

On the second playoff hole, Maguire’s chip into the green came up short and left her with a 12-footer for birdie and Boonchant had a seven-footer for birdie. Maguire missed her putt and Boonchant had hers left to clinch her first collegiate victory. Boonchant just missed and sent it to a third playoff hole, which was at the par four 17th.

On the third playoff hole, Boonchant found the left fairway bunker and had to chip out into the fairway. Maguire’s drive found the fairway and was left with a 15-foot birdie putt, which just missed. It all came down to Boonchant as she needed to drain a 10-foot par putt that slid just left and Maguire won the title.

“It really came down to the very end, the last putt,” said Maguire. “For me to birdie the last hole to get into the playoff, I knew Jaravee was going to push me the entire way. She has had a great year as a freshman. I won my first ACC title in a playoff, so to finish off my senior year and win another one in a playoff is special.”

Maguire’s ACC Individual title was the third over her impressive four-year career as she also won the trophy’s in 2015 and 2017. She joined only Duke standout Amanda Blumenherst (2006-08) as three-time ACC individual champions in league history.

Belac, a native of Portoroz, Slovenia, finished her solid week with rounds of 70, 74 and 70 for a two-under, 214, which tied third. She kicked off her day with a par on No. 1 and then sank a three-footer for birdie on the 495-yard, par five third hole. Belac had six straight pars and then had her only bogey of the day on No. 9. On the back, she hit all nine greens in regulation and played it at two-under, 34. Belac rolled in an eight-foot birdie on No. 11 and then registered a 25-foot birdie on No. 14 to get to two-under-par for the day. She had birdie chances on each of the final three holes, but missed three putts under 10 feet. Belac hit a team-best 17 greens, 11 fairways and had 33 putts.

Just her second tournament of the spring, Carta continued to impress as she placed tied fifth with rounds of 75, 70 and 71 for an even-par, 216. Carta, who is from Udine, Italy, posted a 20-foot birdie on No. 3 to move to one-under and after a bogey on No. 5 she got back into the red with a five-footer for birdie on No. 6. Carta suffered bogeys on No. 10 and No. 12, but would go on to finish strong. She two-putted for birdie from 20 feet on No. 13 and hit her approach on No. 17 to two feet and sank the birdie putt. Carta then was on the par five 18th green in two and drained her first eagle of the season from 10 feet to finish four-under over the final six holes. She hit 15 greens on the day.

Senior Lisa Maguire finished the 54 holes with a 79 on Monday and was tied 40th overall with a 229. She collected birdies on No. 2 from 10 feet and was just off the green on No. 5 and rolled in a second birdie. Maguire had only 29 putts on the day and closed with nine pars over her final 11 holes.

The NCAA Women’s Golf Championship selection show is set for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 25 on the Golf Channel. NCAA Regionals are scheduled for May 7-9.

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Duke Results
1 1 Leona Maguire Duke 67 70 73 210 -6
2 2 Jaravee Boonchant Duke 71 67 72 210 -6
T9 T3 Ana Belac Duke 70 74 70 214 -2
11 T5 Virginia Elena Carta Duke 75 70 71 216 E
T28 T40 Lisa Maguire Duke 74 76 79 229 +13

1 2 3 Team Scores
1 1 1 Duke 282 281 286 849 -15
3 2 2 Florida State 291 289 296 876 +12
2 3 3 Clemson 286 297 294 877 +13
8 6 4 Virginia 301 294 290 885 +21
5 4 5 Wake Forest 297 293 300 890 +26
4 8 6 Miami 296 303 294 893 +29
9 T9 7 Louisville 302 300 292 894 +30
11 5 T8 North Carolina 306 288 301 895 +31
10 T9 T8 North Carolina State 303 299 293 895 +31
T6 11 10 Notre Dame 300 304 294 898 +34
T6 7 11 Virginia Tech 300 298 301 899 +35
12 12 12 Boston College 313 300 309 922 +58

Start Finish Player Team Scores
1 1 Leona Maguire Duke 67 70 73 210 -6
2 2 Jaravee Boonchant Duke 71 67 72 210 -6
T9 T3 Ana Belac Duke 70 74 70 214 -2
T4 T3 Morgane Metraux Florida State 73 69 72 214 -2
T14 T5 Beth Lillie Virginia 77 70 69 216 E
T4 T5 Jennifer Kupcho Wake Forest 72 70 74 216 E
11 T5 Virginia Elena Carta Duke 75 70 71 216 E
3 T5 Amanda Doherty Florida State 72 67 77 216 E
T22 9 Alice Hewson Clemson 70 79 68 217 +1
T7 T10 Kennedy Swann Clemson 72 71 75 218 +2
T7 T10 Elizabeth Bose Virginia Tech 72 71 75 218 +2
T22 T12 Anna Redding Virginia 73 76 70 219 +3
T14 T12 Laura Kowohl North Carolina State 73 74 72 219 +3
T4 T12 Sydney Legacy Clemson 69 73 77 219 +3
T12 T12 Dewi Weber Miami 70 76 73 219 +3
T12 T16 Katharine Patrick Virginia 75 71 74 220 +4
T19 T16 Kristyna Frydlova Miami 73 75 72 220 +4
T14 T18 Emma Albrecht Notre Dame 74 73 74 221 +5
T28 T18 Renate Grimstad Miami 75 75 71 221 +5
T19 T20 Emilia Migliaccio Wake Forest 73 75 74 222 +6
T14 T20 Maddie Rose Hamilton Notre Dame 73 74 75 222 +6
T28 T20 Kim Metraux Florida State 71 79 72 222 +6
T22 T23 India Clyburn North Carolina State 79 70 74 223 +7
T9 T23 Mariana Ocano North Carolina 77 67 79 223 +7
T22 T25 Kelly Whaley North Carolina 76 73 75 224 +8
T14 T25 Mai Dechathipat Wake Forest 76 71 77 224 +8
T28 T25 Ana Paula Valdes Clemson 75 75 74 224 +8
T34 T25 Molly Skapik Louisville 76 76 72 224 +8
T28 T25 Olivia Cason Louisville 73 77 74 224 +8
T39 T30 Ailin Li Boston College 80 73 72 225 +9
T19 T30 Brynn Walker North Carolina 76 72 77 225 +9
T34 T30 Delaney Shah Louisville 76 76 73 225 +9
T34 T30 Lauren Hartlage Louisville 77 75 73 225 +9
T45 T34 Mia Ayer Notre Dame 75 79 73 227 +11
T34 T34 Cecily Overbey North Carolina State 77 75 75 227 +11
T47 T34 Amanda Hollandsworth Virginia Tech 79 77 71 227 +11
T39 T37 Bryana Nguyen North Carolina 77 76 75 228 +12
T39 T37 Siyun Liu Wake Forest 76 77 75 228 +12
T22 T37 Kathleen Sumner Florida State 75 74 79 228 +12
T45 T40 Kristin Engle Louisville 81 73 75 229 +13
T28 T40 Lisa Maguire Duke 74 76 79 229 +13
33 T40 Jessica Spicer Virginia Tech 76 75 78 229 +13
T22 T40 Emily Mahar Virginia Tech 74 75 80 229 +13
T47 T44 Ava Bergner North Carolina 80 76 74 230 +14
T39 T44 Julia Ford Virginia 76 77 77 230 +14
T34 T44 Jocelyn Chia Boston College 77 75 78 230 +14
56 T47 Monika Hartl North Carolina State 80 80 72 232 +16
T53 T47 Kayla Jones Florida State 76 81 75 232 +16
T47 T49 Abby Heck Notre Dame 78 78 77 233 +17
T39 T49 Marisa Messana Clemson 75 78 80 233 +17
T47 T49 Allison Woodward Virginia Tech 78 78 77 233 +17
T53 T52 Morgan Gonzales Virginia 77 80 78 235 +19
55 T52 Bibilani Liu Boston College 80 78 77 235 +19
T47 T52 Naomi Ko North Carolina State 74 82 79 235 +19
T39 T52 Katie Barrand Boston College 79 74 82 235 +19
59 56 Isabella DiLisio Notre Dame 82 82 72 236 +20
57 57 Macarena Aguilera Miami 78 84 78 240 +24
58 58 Monica Schumacher Wake Forest 84 79 81 244 +28
T47 T59 Katelyn Reynolds Boston College 77 79 89 245 +29
60 T59 Serena Hou Miami 89 77 79 245 +29

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