Wake Forest Finishes Third After Record Day in Florida

Feb. 24, 2008

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The No. 13 Wake Forest women's golf team recorded a 279 (-1) Sunday, the second best score in program history, to finish third in the SunTrust Lady Gator Invitational in Gainesville, Fla.

The Deacs finished with a 35-over 875 for the tournament, the lowest total for the squad on the season and the third lowest total in program history. Wake recorded an 875 at the 2002 NCAA East Regional.

"They really played well and steady," Wake Forest head coach Dianne Dailey said. "We weren't converting our birdies and today we did. We learned a lot and put it to good use. We wanted to go out today and make sure we didn't leave any shots out there that we should have."

Three Demon Deacon golfers beat or tied low-round scores of the 2007-08 season.

Freshman Natalie Sheary topped her season-low of 70 with a 69 (-1) in the final round to land in a tie for fourth, her second consecutive top five finish. Sheary's 214 for the tournament is a season-low.

Junior Jean Chua recorded her best round as a Demon Deacon and the best round of any of the 84 golfers Sunday as she finished with a 68 (-2). Chua's previous low was a 69 in last season's NCAA East Regional.

Chua rose from 69th place to end in a tie for 31st. It was Chua's best round of the season, topping the 76 she shot in last week's Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge.

Freshman Allie Bodemann tied her best score as a Demon Deacon with a 72 (+2) in the final round to finish tied for 16th, the second top 20 finish of her career.

Junior Nannette Hill carded a 70 (E) Sunday to rise 14 places and land in a tie for ninth, her second top 10 finish of the season and the seventh of her career.

Laura Crawford's three-over 73 placed the senior in a tie for 31st, eight spots better than where she entered the final round.

The Deacs' round was their best since this fall's Landfall Tradition, where Wake won its first team title of the year. Wake's best 18-hole score is a 275 at the 2004 ACC Championship.

"They played very, very well," Dailey said. "We could never adjust to the greens until today. They hit a lot of good shots today."

Senior Jordan Craig, playing as an individual, scored a 74 in the final round to settle into a tie for 23rd.

Florida took the team title on its home course for the 16th time and for the third consecutive year.

The Gators' Tiffany Chudy won the individual medal after shooting a 70 for the second straight day. She finished with a 209 (-1) for the tournament.

The Deacs will return to action March 14-16 at the LSU/Cleveland Classic in Baton Rouge, La.



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