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Duke and Maguire Claimed Titles at the South Bend Regionals to Four ACC Women's Golf Teams into the NCAA Championship. Wake Forest, Virginia, NC State joins the Blue Devils in a trip to Bradenton, Fla.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – For the ninth time in school history and the second time over the last three years, the Duke women’s golf team claimed a NCAA regional championship Saturday as the Blue Devils swept both the team and individual titles at the South Bend Regional played at the 6,301-yard, par 72 Warren Golf Course in Notre Dame, Ind.
The Blue Devils now advance to the NCAA Championship for the 27th time in school history and the 20th time out of the last 21 years. The 2015 NCAA Championship will take place from May 22-27 at the Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla.
“It feels great to win this late in the season,” said Duke head coach Dan Brooks. “Now we can turn our focus to nationals."
Duke freshman Leona Maguire claimed the NCAA South Regional individual title with a 54-hole ledger of four-under-par, 212, becoming just the fifth Blue Devil to win a regional title. She joined Anna Grzebien (2005), Leigh Anne Hardin (2002), Virada Nirapathpongporn (2001) and Beth Bauer (1999 – tied first). Maguire, who is a native of Cavan, Ireland, is just the third Duke freshman golfer to win the title as well – Nirapathpongporn and Bauer.
“It is great,” commented Maguire on the victory. “To get another win is a bonus and obviously to get the team win was big today. We have been really working towards regionals and nationals all year so it is really nice the whole team came together at this time and got the win.”
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Wake Forest advances to the NCAA Championship with a second place finish at the NCAA Notre Dame Regional. Allison Emrey, Marissa Dodd and Sierra Sims all finished in the top 10 individually.
Wake Forest is advancing to its first NCAA Championship since 2011. That year the Demon Deacons were also at Notre Dame for the regional. This will mark the 14th appearance in the National Championship for the Deacs. The Demon Deacons posted their highest finish in a regional since 1996 when Wake Forest also finished second at the East Regional in Opelika, Ala.
"We are so excited to advance to the finals," said head coach Dianne Dailey. "This was a true team effort. Each student stepped up and contributed in a big way. Allison and Marissa finished in the top five and Sierra in the top 10. Both Erica and Mariana turned in solid rounds of 73 today which help tremendously. I am proud of our students, their effort and their perseverance. We were in contention until the end. We are looking forward to the finals and a strong finish."
Wake Forest got better each round (293-292-291) and finished three strokes behind ACC rival Duke. UC Davis, Arizona, Tulane and Purdue also advanced to the NCAA Championship.
Senior Allison Emrey continued the amazing finish to her Wake Forest career with a fourth place finish at the NCAA Regional. She fired rounds of 71-74-71 to finish at even par for the weekend. Emrey had four birdies in the final round, including one on 18 to drop her to 1-under for the day.
NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- The University of Notre Dame women's golf team piled up numerous program records during this weekend's NCAA South Bend Regional at the Warren Golf Course. In the end, each Fighting Irish player and coach would have traded every single record and milestone for six fewer strokes, the scant margin that wound up separating Notre Dame from a trip to the NCAA Championship.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville women’s golf team’s season came to a close on Saturday, with the Cardinals finishing 12th at the NCAA South Bend Regional in Indiana.
Louisville, which made to its second-consecutive regional appearance, shot a 13-over-par 301 and finished the three-day event with a 38-over-par 902 at the Warren Golf Course. Duke won the regional with a final score of 9-over-par 873.
SOUTH BEND, IND. - The University of North Carolina's women's golf team finished in 14th place at the NCAA South Bend Regional. The Tar Heels recorded a 17-over 305 in the final round for a 915 total. Freshmen Bryana Nguyen and senior Maia Schechter led the Tar Heels on Saturday as both fired a 3-over-par 75.
RALEIGH - For the second year in a row, the NC State women's golf team is headed to the NCAA Women's Golf Championship.
The Wolfpack (+23) surged down the stretch on the final day to claim third place at the NCAA Women's Golf Raleigh Regional at Lonnie Poole Golf Course.
The Pack entered the day tied with Ohio State for sixth place in the 18-team field. Considering the tourney's top six teams advanced, there was no shortage of drama during the round. NC State battled with OSU, Campbell and Coastal Carolina in the standings for much of the day before pulling away. As a team, the Pack scored even par on a challenging final three holes to surge up the leaderboard.
Rachael Taylor (E) led the Pack, tying for fifth place and shooting a 72 on the final day. Taylor ranked second in the 96-player tournament with 14 birdies.
On the day of her graduation from NC State, Vivian Tsui had one of her best rounds, firing a one-under 71 to finish 22nd overall.
St. George, Utah - The ninth-ranked Virginia women's golf team earned a spot at the NCAA Championships after finishing fifth at the NCAA Regional in St. George, Utah. The top six teams from four NCAA Regional sites advance to the national championship tournament that takes place May 22-27 at the Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla.
Virginia will be making its eighth NCAA Championships appearance in the 12-year history of the program. The Cavaliers were the third seed at the regional site. It was UVa's 11th NCAA regional appearance.
Virginia shot 6-over 294 during Saturday's final round of play to finish the three-day, 54-hole tournament at 46-over 898. Top-ranked USC won the regional at 28-over 880. Also advancing from the site were Stanford (886), Arkansas (892), UNLV (895) and California (898). The seventh-place team was New Mexico State. The Aggies finished nine shots behind the final qualifying team at 909.
ST. GEORGE, Utah – The No. 32-ranked University of Miami women’s golf team concluded its 2014-15 campaign after it placed 15th at the NCAA St. George Regional on Saturday.
The three-day event was held at the par 71, 6,255-yard Entrada at Snow Canyon Golf Country Club.
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS (seminoles.com) – Florida State freshman Morgane Metraux finished in a career-best tied for 10th place in the final individual standings, and the Seminole women’s golf team finished in a tie for 10th place in the final team standings as play in the 2015 NCAA San Antonio Regional Women’s Golf Championship at the Briggs Ranch Golf Club came to a close. Neither Metraux nor the Seminoles advanced to the NCAA Championship finals. Metraux finished tied for fourth among the leading individuals not on a qualifying team – she fell just one stroke from earning an appearance in the championship finals for the first time in her career.