Virginia Defends Title at 2016 ACC Women's Golf Championship

Cavalier Lauren Coughlin birdies 18 to claim individual championship

GREENSBORO, N.C. ( – Virginia held off Wake Forest in the final round of the Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Golf Championship to repeat as conference women’s golf champion. The 54-hole championship was held at the Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro.

With three of its golfers finishing in the top five of the individual leaderboard, Virginia posted a team score of 855, 11 strokes better than the second-place Demon Deacons and 28 strokes ahead of third-place Duke.

Leading the Cavaliers was tournament medalist Lauren Coughlin, who finished with a 9-under 207. Her final 18-hole score of 70 was her third-straight tournament round under par which included 16 birdies.

Coughlin, a senior from Chesapeake, Virginia, came to the 18th green tied with Wake Forest freshman Jennifer Kupcho for the individual lead. Coughlin birdied the final hole to become the second Cavalier to capture the ACC individual crown, joining Brittany Altomare, the 2013 champion.

“She is a phenomenal ball striker.” said Virginia head coach Kim Lewellen. “She knew exactly where to play that middle of the green and knew it was going to roll back. I honestly knew she was going to pull that shot off. She has done it all year. She has been so close to win so many championships and this is the one she wanted the most. Darned if she didn’t do it the last day.”

Kupcho tied for second with teammate Sierra Sims, who also carded a 7-under 209 for the tournament.

Adding Cavalier presence to the top of the leaderboard were junior Lauren Diaz-Yi, who finished fourth with a 2-under 214, and freshman Anna Redding, who tied with NC State’s Naomi Ko and North Carolina’s Leslie Cloots with an even-par 216 total.

“I’m thrilled to death! So happy!” said Lewellen on Virginia’s second-straight title. “For my first-years to do what they did, I’m obviously excited for all of my veterans and Lauren Coughlin in particular for medalist, but to have my first years do what they did is exciting for and the program in the future. I’m thrilled with the whole team effort to do what we did to win this championship.”

Wake Forest’s second-place finish was its best since 2010, when it captured the team title. Duke (883) was third, followed by North Carolina (884) fourth, NC State (886) fifth, Clemson (894) sixth, Louisville (898) seventh, Miami (899) eighth, Florida State (901), Notre Dame (904) 10th, Boston College (923) 11th and Virginia Tech (952) 12th.