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April 15, 2012
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GREENSBORO, NC (theACC.com) - Duke captured the ACC Women's Golf Championship held Friday through Sunday, April 13-15, at Sedgefield Country Club, (Par 71, 6,224 yards), in Greensboro, N.C.
Duke (875, +23) won by a 10-stroke margin over North Carolina (885, +33) and was the Blue Devils first team victory since 2008, when the championship was played at the LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla.
This is Duke's 17th overall win and the 16th ACC victory for head coach Dan Brooks. This is the team's first win at Sedgefield Country Club.
"I have had a love-hate relationship with Sedgefield because I absolutely love this golf course. But I hated the fact that we could not win here. We haven't been the team that we were for a decade or so but I still felt like we could win here and we did have a monkey on our backs, so this means a lot."
With Duke's Lindy Duncan (Jr., Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) earning medalist honors, it marks the 15th time that a Blue Devil has been the ACC individual champion and the first time since 2008. Duncan is the #1 ranked women's golfer in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings.
"It was a very long week and really hard conditions. All of us had to stay patient and hit a lot of fairways and greens," commented Lindy Duncan. "Luckily, I was putting really well all week and I think that is what kept me in it the most and I am just really excited."
Last year's champion, North Carolina, finished second and was led by Casey Grice (So., College Station, Tex.) who shot a four-over 217, good for fifth place individually.
Wake Forest (892) captured third-place honors and was led by Olafia Kristinsdottir (So., Reykjavik, Iceland) who had the low round of the tournament (68) on Sunday and a total score of three-over 216. Kristinsdottir tied for second place individually along with Duke's Alejandra Cangrejo (So., Bogota, Columbia) and Florida State's Maria Salinas (Sr., Lima, Peru).
Florida State (899) finished in fourth place, Virginia (903) fifth place, NC State (909) sixth place, Maryland (917) in seventh place, Miami (928) in eighth place and Boston College (934) in ninth place.
NOTEWORTHY: The ACC, on behalf of our women's golf teams, donated a variety of children's books to Cone Elementary School in Greensboro, N.C. as part of ACC Community Connections initiative. The Atlantic Coast Conference instituted an initiative known as ACC Community Connections, which pairs ACC teams and local schools to teach the importance of reading and other life lessons to the children in our championship communities. Third-grade teacher Elena Brown accepted the donation of books in a brief ceremony Sunday, at the 18th green of Sedgefield Country Club.