Duke Captures 11th Straight ACC Women's Golf Championship
April 16, 2006
PINEHURST, N.C.-- Duke University, ranked No. 1 in the country, won the 18th annual Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Golf Championship, its 11th consecutive and 14th title overall. Duke fired a six-over-par 294 in the final round for a 21-over 885 total. The Blue Devils finished 19 strokes ahead of Virginia which pulled away for second place.
"We have a lot of talent on this team," says Duke Head Coach Dan Brooks. "We played percentage golf. We hit a lot of greens and I think that is why we came out on top."
Amanda Blumenherst, a freshman from Duke, captured the individual title. Blumenherst shot an even par 72 in the final round to finish with a four-under 212 total, seven strokes ahead of Leah Wigger of Virginia who fired a one-under 71 for a 219 total.
"I came out to win and I am so glad our team did well," says Blumenherst. "I hit the ball well and putted very well the first two days. The combination of both really helped me in my play."
Blumenherst is the 12th Blue Devil to win the individual title and the seventh Duke freshman to win.
"She hits the ball straight, her ball flight is straight and when the wind is blowing, wind affects a straight ball flight a lot less than a curving ball flight," says Brooks about Blumenherst. "She is able to get on a lot of greens."
In the individual race, Nancy Mountcastle from NC State finished in third place with a 222 total after carding a 73 in the final round. Florida State's Caroline Westrup finished in fourth place with a 223 total while Maryland's Katie Trotter finished fifth at 224.
In the team race, Wake Forest jumped into third place with a 914 total after firing a 10-over 298 in the final round. Maryland finished three strokes back in fourth place with a 917 total while Florida State placed fifth at 918, NC State finished sixth with a 920 total, North Carolina finished seventh at 928, Miami finished eighth at 933 and Boston College was ninth at 967.
The 54-hole event was played at Pinehurst No. 8 which features a par 72, 6,293-yard layout. Today's conditions were again superb with sunshine and temperatures in the 80s.