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Eight Conference Teams Ranked in Nation’s Top 30; Play Begins Thursday.
Greensboro—The team groupings are set for the opening round of the 26th Annual ACC Women’s Golf Championship, which will be held Thursday, Friday and Saturday over the 6,107-yard, par 71 championship course at the Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro.
The Tournament is making its sixth-straight appearance at Sedgefield, which also hosts Greensboro’s PGA Tournament’s Wyndham Championship, and was the actual site of the formation of the ACC in 1953. There is no charge for admission.
Boston College and Maryland begin the championship on Thursday teeing off at 8:00 a.m. Notre Dame, NC State and Miami are next at 8:50 a.m., followed by Florida State, Virginia and North Carolina at 9:40 a.m. Defending conference champion Duke, Clemson and Wake Forest have the morning’s final tee time at 10:30 a.m.
8:00 - 8:40 a.m. = Boston College, Maryland
8:50 - 9:30 a.m. = Notre Dame, NC State, Miami
9:40 - 10:20 a.m. = Florida State, Virginia, North Carolina
10:30 - 11:10 a.m. = Wake Forest, Clemson, Duke
The third-ranked Blue Devils are seeking their third-straight ACC title and 19th overall, but will face stiff challenges from an 11-team field that also includes seven other top 30 teams, including No. 12 Clemson and No. 18 Wake Forest. North Carolina is No. 21, followed by Virginia No. 22, Florida State No. 25, Miami No. 26 and NC State No. 27. Notre Dame (54), Maryland (84) and Boston College (155) round out the field for the 2014 championship.
The ACC and the SEC are tied for the most teams in the Golfstat Top 30 with eight teams each. The Pac-12 is third with six while the Big Ten and Big 12 have three teams each.
Duke is led by freshman Yu Liu, who is the top-ranked ACC player and is currently ranked fourth nationally. Two other Blue Devils are ranked in the top 15 nationally, sophomore Celine Boutier and senior Laetitia Beck.
In addition to the trio from Duke seven other ACC individuals are currently ranked in the top 60 of the latest Golfstat rankings. Clemson freshman Ashlan Ramsey is ranked 18th, followed by Florida State freshman Matilda Castren (19), NC State junior Augusta James (34), North Carolina sophomore Elizabeth Mallett (41), Miami freshman Daniela Darquea (54), Clemson freshman Sloan Shanahan (57) and NC State senior Brittany Marchand (60).
Duke has won 18 of the previous 25 ACC Women’s Golf titles. Wake Forest (5) and North Carolina (2) are the only other programs to have ACC Golf Championships to their credit.
Led by Duke’s Beck, Alejandra Cangrejo and Miami’s Ras-Anderica, eight of the top 11 finishers from last year’s ACC championship return. Beck finished second individually by two strokes to Virginia’s Brittany Altomare with a six-over 219. Cangrejo and Ras-Anderica tied for third eight strokes off the pace. In all, 12 of the top 20 finishers from a year ago return.