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April 25, 2010
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) - Georgia Tech captured its second consecutive ACC Men’s Golf Championship and its fourth in the last five years on Sunday with a 13-stroke victory (841) over Virginia (854) at the 2010 ACC Men’s Golf Championship played at The Old North State Club, (Par 72, 7,102 yards), in New London, N.C.
"The thing is every round - all five players were in it until the end and it just takes the pressure off everybody else," said winning head coach Bruce Heppler. “I’m very proud that all five guys contributed and were a part of it. I’m happy for them and it certainly was a team victory," continued Heppler.
After Saturday evening rain storms, Sunday was partly cloudy with blustery winds that greeted the players for the last day.
The individual race was close with Georgia Tech senior Chesson Hadley (Raleigh, N.C.) capturing medalist honors with a 10-under-par 206.
"The team title was the most important thing. I feel like everyone I know from Raleigh is here it’s awesome," said Hadley.
Virginia junior, Will Collins (Salisbury, N.C.), finished in second place individually with an eight-under-par 208. Collins becomes the fourth Cavalier to finish as the runner-up at the ACC Championships. Curt Coulter was the last to do it, placing second in 1988.
NC State’s Matt Hill, a junior from Brights Grove, Ontario, claimed third place individual honors with a seven-under-par 209. Hill was co-medalist winner with Clemson’s David May in last year’s ACC Championship.
Virginia finished second as team and was their best finish since 1996 when they also recorded a second place finish at the championship. Duke and Wake Forest (855) tied for third place honors. Duke was led by freshman Brinson Paolini (Virginia Beach, Va.), who tied for fourth place at six-under-par 210. Wake Forest’s Brendan Gielow, a senior from Muskegon, Mich. took the charge for Wake Forest with a five-under-par 211, which placed him in a tie for sixth place.
Florida State finished fifth and was led by sophomore Brooks Koepka (Wellington, Fla.) who tied for sixth (211, -5). Clemson finished sixth with a two-under 862 and was led by senior Ben Martin (Greenwood, S.C.) with a two-under par 214.
NC State (866) and Virginia Tech (869) finished in seventh and eighth place respectively. Maryland and North Carolina (878) finished tied for ninth and Boston College (912) finished in 11th place.
This year marked the ninth consecutive time and 14th overall year that the ACC Men’s Golf Championship had been held at the Old North State Club.
Maryland, NC State and Virginia will be playing at the Cavalier Classic, May 1-2 at the Birdwood Golf Course in Charlottesville, Va.
ACC teams will await selections for NCAA Regionals which will be held May 20-22, 2010.