Daytona Beach, FL -
The Virginia women’s golf team finished second at the ACC Championships by one shot to top-ranked Duke. The 22nd-ranked Cavaliers led the first two rounds of the 54-hole event before the Blue Devils managed to pull out their 13th consecutive ACC title on the event’s final hole.
With the score tied Duke’s Amanda Blumenherst made par while UVa freshman Calle Nielson finished with a bogey on the 18th hole. Duke completed the three-day event at 871, UVa shot 872 and Florida State was third at 880. UVa shot 5-over 293 during the final round to 292 for Duke.
The final margin was the closest in the championship’s 20-year history. The tournament was contested at the LPGA International’s Legends Course in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Virginia’s finish equaled the team’s second-place showing in 2006.
The Cavaliers had three golfers place among the top-10 in the final standings. Nielson was third overall at even par 216. Fellow freshman Joy Kim was sixth at 219 and Jennie Arseneault was ninth at 222. Lene Krog, who had the team’s best final round score with a 2-under 70, was 13th at 223. Whitney Neuhauser was 24th at 230. Nielson shot 76 during the final round while Kim carded a 74, Arseneault had a 77 and Neuhauser posted a 73.
Nielson’s score (216) was the best 54-hole effort of her rookie season at UVa. He previous best result was 219 she shot last fall at The Landfall Tradition. Her finish was the best of her collegiate career and the fourth top-10 effort this season.
Kim also bettered her previous best tournament score by three shots. He sixth-place showing equaled her best tournament finish and was her second top-10.
Arseneault’s ninth-place finish equaled her best tournament performance this year. Last season she had to withdraw during the ACC Championships due to a back injury.
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.
A video highlights of the ACC Championships are available online at ACCSelect.com.
The Cavaliers will now await a bid for the 2008 NCAA Championships. The three regional tournaments are scheduled for May 8-10.
Daytona Beach, FL
Par-72, 6,315 yards
1. Duke 294-285-292-871
2. Virginia 284-295-293-872
3. Florida State 296-293-291-880
4. Wake Forest 299-297-298-894
5. North Carolina 304-302-298-904
6. NC State 299-315-301-915
7. Maryland 307-306-309-922
8. Miami 300-315-318-933
9. Boston College 321-322-320-963Individual Leaders
1. Amanda Blumenherst, Duke 73-68-71-212
2. Caroline Westrup, Florida State 72-71-70-213
3. Calle Nielson, Virginia 70-70-76-216
4. Jennifer Pandolfi, Duke 71-72-74-217
5. Natalie Sheary, Wake Forest 71-77-70-218
6. Joy Kim, Virginia 69-76-74-219
6. Alison Whitaker, Duke 74-71-72-219
8. Allie Bodemann, Wake Forest 74-70-77-221
9. Jennie Arseneault, Virginia 71-74-77-222
9. Kelly Calkin, Maryland 77-71-74-222
8. Sydney Crane, North Carolina 75-72-75-222
9. Macarena Silva, Florida State 74-76-72-222Virginia
3. Calle Nielson 70-70-76-216
6. Joy Kim 69-76-74-219
9. Jennie Arseneault 71-74-77-222
13. Lene Krog 78-75-70-223
24. Whitney Neuhauser 74-83-73-230