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Cavaliers take home first league title in program history
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – The Virginia women’s golf team ran away from the competition, posting a 27-under team score to capture the 2015 ACC Women’s Golf Championship at Sedgefield Country Club on Saturday.
The title is the first in the history of Virginia’s program and the Cavaliers are the first champion to come from outside the state of North Carolina.
“It’s unbelievable,” said Virginia head coach Kim Lewellen about the historic win. “We’ve been close so many times and to do it this year with a special group of young ladies and the way they did it by performing under the pressure it was unbelievable to watch.”
On a day in which it saw three of its golfers finish in the top five of the individual leaderboard, Virginia posted an all-time league record team score of 837, which was 26 strokes better than second-place Duke and 29 strokes ahead of third-place North Carolina, Wake Forest and Florida State.
Leading the Cavaliers was senior Briana Mao, who finished second with a 10-under 206. Her final 18-hole score of 67 was the lowest round of the tournament and included six birdies.
Coming in tied for fourth were Virginia’s Lauren Coughlin and Lauren Diaz-Yi, who both carded a 6-under 210 for the tournament, adding Cavalier presence to the top of the leaderboard.
Duke freshman Leona Maguire earned the individual ACC championship with a second hole playoff victory over Mao. The Cavan, Ireland, native shot a 206 to become the 17th individual champion from Duke.
“I’ve been playing pretty solid all year,” said Maguire. “It feels really good to get the win. To get an ACC title, it doesn’t really get much better than that.”
Maguire’s and Mao’s rounds of 206 tied for the second lowest 54-hole total in ACC history.
With Virginia (837) earning the title, Duke (863) finished in second. North Carolina, Florida State and Wake Forest all finished tied for third with a 866 total. Notre Dame (876) pulled in at sixth, followed by Louisville (884) at seventh, NC State (887) and Clemson (887) at eighth, Miami (893) at tenth and Boston College (914) finished eleventh.