Duke Seeks To Repeat In 2013 ACC Women's Golf Championship

April 15, 2013 (updated April 18, 2013)

Impending Inclement Weather Forces Change in ACC Women’s Golf Championship Tee Times
With Forecast of Friday Afternoon Storms ACC Teams Will Begin Earlier and Will Use Split Tee Format

Updated, April 18 at 6pm - Due to the threat of potentially severe storms Friday afternoon in the Greensboro area, the tee times for the opening round of the Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Golf Championship have been moved earlier and a split tee format will be used, beginning at 7:45 a.m. Friday at the Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro.

Boston College, Miami and Maryland will now tee off from 7:45 a.m. through 8:25 a.m. on the No. 10 tee. NC State, Virginia and Florida State will also tee off from 7:45 through 8:25 a.m. on the No. 1 tee. Wake Forest, North Carolina and Duke will tee off from 8:35 through 9:15 a.m. on the No. 1 tee. The order of teams on the opening day of play is determined in reverse order of their finish in last year’s ACC Women’s Golf Championship.

Greensboro, N.C. — The pairings and tee times are set for the opening round of the 25th Annual ACC Women’s Golf Championship, which will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday over the 6,210-yard, par 71 championship course at the Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro.

The Tournament is making its fifth straight appearance at Sedgefield, which also hosts Greensboro’s PGA Tournament—the Wyndham Open—and was the actual site of the formation of the ACC in 1953. There is no charge for admission.

The threesome of Chance Forbes of Boston College, Laura Hendee of Miami and Jessica Gregory of Maryland begin play on Friday, teeing off at 8:30 a.m. Boston College, Maryland and Miami continue teeing off through 9:10 a.m., followed by Florida State, NC State and Virginia from 9:20 through 10 a.m., and finally Duke, North Carolina and Wake Forest from 10:10 through 10:50 a.m.

Full pairings are listed below and at: http://theacc.co/WGolf13FriTimes

Fourth-ranked Duke is seeking its second straight Atlantic Coast Conference women’s golf team title at the 2013 ACC Women’s Golf Championship, which will be played at the Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C., this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Tee times begin at 8:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 8 a.m. on Sunday. Friday’s first round features Boston College, Maryland and Miami teeing off from 8:30 through 9:10 a.m.; Florida State, NC State and Virginia from 9:20 through 10 a.m.; and finally Duke, North Carolina and Wake Forest from 10:10 through 10:50 a.m.

The Blue Devils, who are seeking their 18th ACC title overall, will face challenges from a nine-team field that also includes three Top 25-ranked teams in 12th-ranked North Carolina, 13th-ranked Virginia and 22nd-ranked NC State.

The 25th annual ACC Women’s Golf Tournament will be played for the fifth straight year over the 6,210-yard par 71 course at Sedgefield Country Club. Sedgefield, which also hosts Greensboro’s PGA Tournament—the Wyndham Championship—was the actual site of the formation of the ACC in 1953.

The Blue Devils are led by 2012 ACC Women’s Golfer of the Year Lindy Duncan (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), who is the top-ranked ACC player and is currently ranked 11th nationally. Duncan was also the 2012 Ping NCGA National Player of the Year. She took individual medalist honors in last year’s ACC Championship at Sedgefield, posting a three-under-par 210 over the 54 holes.

Duke’s toughest test may come from fellow Top 25 members Virginia, last year’s runner-up; North Carolina and NC State. The Cavaliers captured the Bryan Park National Collegiate Tournament earlier this month at the Bryan Park course in Greensboro, over a field that included the Blue Devils (though without Duncan), North Carolina, NC State, Wake Forest and Florida State. The Tar Heels captured the UCF Invitational earlier this year against a strong field that included Virginia and Miami.

Virginia is led by senior Brittany Altomare (Shrewsbury, Mass.) , who finished in second place at the Bryan National, is a three-time All-America and who is ranked 15th nationally, and sophomore Briana Mao (Colsom, Calif.), who took medalist honors at the UCF Invitational.

North Carolina is led by juniors Casey Grice (College Station, Texas) and Jackie Chang (Scottsdale, Ariz.). Grice is ranked 30th nationally by Golfweek, while Chang is 53rd.

The Wolfpack are led by sophomore Augusta James (Bath, Ontario, Canada) and junior Brittany Marchand (Orangeville, Ontario, Canada).

Other top players include Duke juniors Laetitia Beck (Caesarea, Israel) and Alejandra Cangrejo (Bogata, Columbia) and freshman Celine Boutier (Montrouge, France), Boston College freshman Isabel Southard (Sharon, Mass.), Florida State senior Jessica Negron (Ocala, Fla.), Maryland senior Christine Shimel (Kennett Square, Pa.), Miami sophomore Leticia Ras-Anderica (Moraira, Spain), and Wake Forest’s Marissa Dodd (Allen, Texas).

In all, seven ACC teams are ranked 52nd or better nationally, including Wake Forest (38th), Florida State (44th) and Miami (52nd).

Duke has won 17 of the previous 24 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.

First Round Pairings, Friday, April 19
8:30-9:10 a.m.—Boston College, Miami, Maryland
9:20-10:00 a.m.—NC State, Virginia, Florida State
10:10-10:50 a.m.—Wake Forest, North Carolina, Duke