Virginia Maintains Lead After Two Rounds of ACC Women's Golf Championship


Three-Under Second Round Moves Wake Forest into second, within six strokes of defending champions. (pictured is Sierra Sims who had Saturday's low round at 66)

GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) –Virginia remains atop the team leaderboard at the 2016 ACC Women’s Championship, but Wake Forest has made things interesting heading into Sunday’s final round.

Led by junior Sierra Sims’ 6-under round of 66, the Demon Deacons trimmed five shots off the defending Cavaliers’ opening-round lead and to close within six shots with 18 holes remaining.

“Everyone played so well today,” Wake coach Dianne DaIley said. “It was really exciting to see Sierra come back with a 66. That round has been in her all year, and it was so nice to see it all come together. She has been working really hard, particularly on her chipping and putting.”

Virginia led by double-digit strokes much of the afternoon, but the Deacons closed the gap with a strong finish. Wake Forest golfers posted four birdies on the 18th hole, and freshman Antonia Eberhard birdied three of her final four holes.

“Everyone really came back strong on the last few holes, and it was great to see that,” Dailey said. “It was a total team effort today, and we’re glad to be in contention.” 

Virginia, which shot 2-over for the day on Saturday, owns a two-round score of 573, followed by Wake Forest at 579. The Cavaliers have now held the lead through the last five rounds of ACC Championship play, dating back to last year’s 26-stroke win at Sedgefield.

Virginia senior Lauren Coughlin opened up a three-shot lead in the individual scoring. The Chesapeake, Virginia, native followed up her 6-under round of 66 with a 71 on Saturday for a two-day score of 137.

Wake Forest freshman Jennifer Kupcho, who began the day tied with Coughlin for first place, holds second place at 140. Virginia’s Lauren Diaz-Yi is four shots back at 141, followed by Wake Forest’s Sims at 142.

Duke holds third place in the team scoring at 590. NC State is fourth at 594, followed by Clemson at 597 and North Carolina at 598.

Miami sits in seventh place at 602, followed by Florida State and Louisville at 606, Notre Dame at 609, Boston College at 613 and Virginia Tech at 630.

Five golfers carded under par rounds on Saturday, led by Wake Forest’s Sims – who matched Coughlin and Kupcho for the low round in this year’s tournament and came within one shot of the single-round record of 65 set by Florida State’s Kristin Tamulis in 2003.

“I only missed two greens today, and when I hit it, I hit pretty close, and I made my birdie putts when I needed to,” Sims said. “Everything was just going right today.”

Diaz-Yi and Notre Dame’s Talia Campbell both shot 2-under rounds of 70, and NC State’s Rachael Taylor joined Coughlin in shooting a 71. 

ESPN3 will return to live-stream Sunday’s final round from 1 p.m. until the tournament’s conclusion. Sam Gore will handle the play-by-play, with former Wake Forest standout Laura Diaz – the 1995 ACC champion who went on to post 57 top-10 finishes on the LPGA Tour – serving as color analyst.