Wake Forest, Sims Second at Bryan National Collegiate
April 5, 2015
By Erika Carrubba, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeWGolf)
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Wake Forest finished second at the 2015 Bryan National Collegiate after a two-hole playoff with ACC-rival Virginia. Sierra Sims also tied for second in the individual standings.
Wake Forest and Virginia entered the final round tied for the lead and after 18 holes remained locked at the top of the leaderboard. They finished Sunday's final round tied for first at 36-over 900. Both teams shot 13-over 301 during the final round to force a playoff on 18. Marissa Dodd made an incredible birdie to keep Wake Forest alive and force a second playoff on the same hole. All five Virginia players made par on the par-4 hole while the Demon Deacons had two bogeys. Virginia came away with the team title for the second time in the last three years. The Cavaliers also won the event in 2013.
"I thought the tournament went very well and the team played very well, said head coach Dianne Dailey. "After three rounds of golf and all the shots we took it came down to a few shots in the playoff but I am proud of the students. I think we learned a lot about we can play and compete in the ACC. To be in a match play situation at the end will be very helpful to us in the ACC and NCAA Championships."
This marks the second time the Bryan National Collegiate has been decided by a playoff. Duke won a playoff with Tennessee in 2012.
Wake Forest finished second for its best finish at Bryan Park since winning the event in 2011.
Sierra Sims carded the lowest individual round of the day, a 3-under 69, to move up to a tie for second place. Sims tied with Auburn's Kelli Murphy for second place, just one stroke behind Virginia's Briana Mao who was the individual champion.
After opening the tournament with a 3-under 69, Allison Emrey struggled at the end with a final-round 81. She finished tied for 19th at 11-over for the weekend.
Marissa Dodd and Erica Herr carded matching scores of 5-over 77. Dodd finished one stroke behind Emrey at 12-over and tied for 21st. Herr tied for 38th at 15-over. Vinh-Hop Ngo had a 6-over 78 on Sunday to finish the weekend tied at 67th.
Mariana Sims competed as an individual and carded rounds of 79-78-80 to finish 21-over in 62nd place.
Wake Forest will now prepare for the 2015 ACC Championship played April 17-19 at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C.
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