Kristinsdottir's Career Low Vaults Her To Runner-Up At ACC Championship
April 15, 2012
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Wake Forest sophomore Olafia Kristinsdottir shot a career-low 3-under 68 in the final round of the ACC Women's Golf Championship Sunday afternoon and finished tied for runner-up at 3-over par.
As a team, the Demon Deacons played a stellar final round and posted the lowest score of the day, a 5-over 289, to finish in third place.
Kristinsdottir got off to a great start on Sunday with a birdie at the opening hole. She then made her only bogey of the day at the par-4 sixth but closed the opening nine with a birdie at the uphill ninth. After six-straight pars to start the back nine, Kristinsdottir nearly holed her tee shot at the par-3 16th and would go on to make the short birdie putt. She hit her approach to the par-4 17th above the hole but snaked-in the downhill putt for a second-straight birdie. A nice closing par at No. 18 gave the Iceland, native the lowest round of the tournament and jumped her from a tie for 6th to start the day into a tie for second.
This was Kristinsdottir's highest finish of her career and it tied her best finish in relation to par. She was also 3-over par at the Windy City Classic last October. The 3-under 68 is also tied for the lowest final round by a Demon Deacon in ACC Championship history.
Senior Cheyenne Woods also started the day in a tie for sixth with Kristinsdottir and her final round 72 put her in a tie for seventh at 7-over par. She too birdied the opening hole but her day was a little more up-and-down then Kristinsdottir's. She bogeyed both the sixth and the ninth and made a double-bogey at No. 10 to drop back to 2-over for the day. Woods then birdied Nos. 12 and 13 to climb back to even-par for the round but bogeys at No. 14 and No. 16 dropped her back to 2-over. After a par at No. 17, she hit her approach to five-feet at the closing hole and converted the birdie putt for a final round 72. She finished the event at 7-over par after rounds of 76-72-72.
Junior Greta Lange had a tough opening two days but saved her best for Sunday. She made one birdie and three bogeys on the opening nine to go out in 2-over 37 but got back to 1-over with a long birdie putt at the par-3 12th. She then made five pars and a double-bogey at No. 16 to finish with a round of 74. That was her lowest round of the weekend and she finished in a tie for 31st at 21-over par.
Freshman Allison Emrey got more familiar with the tricky greens at the Sedgefield Country Club as the week went on and she would post her lowest round on Sunday. Emrey made a pair of birdies en route to a final round 75. That followed rounds of 79-77 and she would finish in 28th place at 18-over par.
Freshman Marissa Dodd didn't have her best game this weekend but battled throughout, making a number of brilliant par-saving putts. After a great up-and-down at the par-5 15th, Dodd knocked her approach to No. 17 to within 10 feet and she made the birdie putt. Couple that with a solid par at No. 18 and Dodd would finish with an 8-over 79. That left her in a tie for 25th at 17-over for the week.
After a remarkable round of 4-under 280 on Friday, it was the Duke's tournament to lose. The Blue Devils shot a 303 on Saturday and closed-out a 10-shot victory with a round of 292 on Sunday. The team title was the Blue Devils' 17th overall. Duke finished 23-over par while North Carolina was second at 33-over the Deacs were third at 40-over.
Duke's Lindy Duncan, the nations' top-ranked player, came into the tournament as the favorite and she didn't disappoint. Duncan was the only player in the field not to card an over-par round as she shot rounds of 70-69-71 to finish at 3-under par. That was six shots better than Kristinsdottir, Alejandra Cangrejo of Duke and Maria Salinas of Florida State.
The Demon Deacons will now wait to find out where they will head for the NCAA Regionals which are being played on May 10-12. The regional announcement is slated for Monday, April 30.