Duke Wins 12th Straight ACC Women's Golf Championship
April 15, 2007
CHARLOTTE, N.C.--Duke University shot a 14-over-par 302 for a nine-over 873 total to win the 19th annual Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Golf Championship. The teams dodged the rain in the morning but then after a one-hour thunderstorm delay, the players fought gusty winds and rapidly falling temperatures in the afternoon at Carmel Country Club, a par 72, 6,293-yard layout.
Duke sophomore Amanda Blumenherst came from behind to successfully defend her individual title by firing a two-over 74 for a four-under 212 total, three strokes ahead of Florida State's Caroline Westrup who carded a one-under 215 total. Westrup, who shot a seven-over 79, led after the first two rounds, but Blumenherst grabbed the lead for good on the par-4 15th hole when Westrup carded a double-bogey 6 and Blumenherst tallied a par 4 score on the 375-yard hole.
The title marks Duke's 12th consecutive conference championship and their 15th overall. The Blue Devils grabbed the lead on the first day and never relinquished it, finishing 35 stokes ahead of runner-up Wake Forest.
Wake Forest started the day in third place, but moved up to second after carding a 315 in the final round for a 908 total. Florida State fell to third place at 913, five strokes behind the Demon Deacons. North Carolina moved up to fourth place with a 917 total while Virginia finished fifth at 920, Maryland finished sixth at 931, NC State finished seventh at 947, Miami finished eighth at 964 and Boston College was ninth at 1001.
Jennie Lee of Duke finished in third place in the individual race with a one-over 217 total. Virginia's Leah Wigger, North Carolina's Katie Miller, Maryland's Katie Trotter and Miami's Jessica Steward fired a one-over 73 on Sunday for the day's low round. Wigger finished in fourth place with a 219 total while her teammate Rachel Smith was fifth at 220. Rounding out the top ten was Duke's Anna Grzebien in sixth place at 222, Carolina's Miller seventh at 223 and a trio of players tied for eighth place at 226 - Maryland's Kelly Calkin and Wake Forest's Mandy Goins and Laura Crawford.