Duke Wins 13th Consecutive ACC Women's Golf Championship
April 20, 2008
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The No. 2 ranked Duke University women's golf team won its 13th consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference women's golf championship as the Blue Devils defeated Virginia by one stroke in the final round to defeat the Cavaliers who led the tournament through the first two rounds. The Blue Devils and Cavaliers were tied entering the final round of the event which was played on the Legends Course at LPGA International.
Duke won the championship on the final hole as both teams walked on the 18th green tied after 53 holes. The Blue Devils' Amanda Blumenherst pared the hole while Virginia's Calle Nielson bogeyed the hole to give Duke the one-shot victory. The one shot victory for the Blue Devils set a championship record for smallest margin of victory eclipsing a pair of two shot wins: North Carolina over Florida State in 1992 and Wake Forest over Florida State on 1995.
Not only did Blumenherst give Duke the team title with her par but she won the individual championship for the third consecutive season. Blumenherst defeated Florida State's Caroline Westrup by one stroke for the individual championship as Westrup bogeyed the final hole.
Virginia, which was bidding to win its first ever ACC championship, tied its highest ever placing in the event with a second place finish. The Cavaliers also finished in second place in 2006. Florida State finished in third place - the highest finish for the Seminoles since they finished in third place in 2001.
"My hat is off to Virginia and Florida State for great golf, especially Virginia," said Duke Head Coach Dan Brooks. "Their players are very skilled and gave us a run. It just came down to the final hole.