Sheary Wins Northrop Grumman Regional, Sets Wake Forest Records
Feb. 13, 2008
Wake Forest freshman Natalie Sheary won her first individual medal after shooting a 72 Wednesday to finish with a three-day total of 215 at the Northrop Grumman Regional in Palos Verdes, Calif.
The win, along with Nanette Hill's victory at the Landfall Tradition in the last event of fall, gives the Demon Deacons back-to-back individual medalists for the first time in history.
Sheary becomes the first freshman to win an event for Wake since Marta Prieto won the ACC Championship in 1998.
Sheary's 215 edged five scores of 216 including Pepperdine's Taylor Karle who missed a ten-foot putt to tie on the last hole of the event. Sheary and Karle headed to No. 4 knotted at 213. Sheary nailed a putt for par moments before Karle missed her par attempt to concede the win.
"She played great, so solidly. There was some remarkable play from her," Wake Forest head coach Dianne Dailey said. "Every time she missed a green she went up and down and saved par. They weren't easy putts by any means."
The Deacs finished sixth as a team with a final score of 904. Wake rose to as high as third Wednesday but could not salvage a top five finish.
Freshman Allie Bodemann shot a 73 in the final round, her best performance of the three-day event. She finished with a 230.
Junior Jean Chua carded an 84 in the final round to finish with a 236 total, good for 56th overall to end the scoring for Wake.
"Overall, we played pretty well. We beat teams ranked ahead of us in the polls," Dailey said. "I'm pleased with the start to the spring. It's the beginning of a lot of good things to come for us this year."
The Deacs return to action at the Lady Gator Invitational in Gainesville, Fla. on Feb. 22.