Wake Forest Second at Halfway Point of ACC Championship
April 17, 2015
By Erika Carrubba, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeWGolf)
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Wake Forest is in second place halfway through the 2015 ACC Women's Golf Championship at Sedgefield Country Club. There are three Demon Deacons in the top 10 led by senior Allison Emrey in third place.
The first round of the tournament was completed on Friday followed by the first nine holes of the second round. The teams will complete round two on Saturday morning and immediately tee off for the final 18 holes. The schedule was adjusted due to pending inclement weather on Sunday.
After 27 holes Virginia leads the field at 9-under. Wake Forest sits in second place at 2-under, one stroke ahead of Duke. North Carolina and Florida State are tied for fourth at even par.
Wake Forest's opening-round 288 is the team's lowest opening round in ACC Tournament history. The Demon Deacons had previously shot a 289 at the 2009 championship.
"The team played particularly well on the nine holes following the first round," said head coach Dianne Dailey. "I was really happy with the way they played today considering the different format. They hung in there and played really well all day. The course is in great shape and the folks here have worked so hard to make it playable for us. The greens are perfect and you can see that with the low scores."
Emrey leads the Deacs at 3-under through the first 27 holes. She is tied for third with a pair of Cavaliers, Lyberty Anderson and Briana Mao. Emrey is three strokes behind the individual leader, Leona Maguire of Duke.
Emrey fired a 2-under 70 in the opening round with four birdies. She had two birdies on the back nine, a bogey free stretch of golf for the senior. Emrey added two more birdies to her total on round two's front nine to move to 3-under for the day.
Senior Marissa Dodd closed the first round on a hot streak with three birdies on the final four holes. She moved from 3-over to even par with her strong finish. Dodd dropped two more strokes with birdies on eight and nine to end the day. The senior is tied for sixth at 2-under at the midway point.
Sierra Sims rounds out a trio of Demon Deacons in the top 10. She is tied for 10th with five other players at 1-under. Sims birdied 15 and 18 to move to 2-under after the first round but she struggled at the start of round two and carded bogeys on three of the first four holes. She maintained her composure and picked up two birdies to sit at 1-under through 27 holes.
Freshmen Erica Herr and Vinh-Hop Ngo are both 6-over at the end of the first day. Herr was 6-over after the first round and is even through the first nine holes of round two. Ngo is 4-over and 2-over in each round, respectively.
Wake Forest will begin on the 10th tee at 10 a.m. on Saturday to complete the second round. The Demon Deacons will then head to the first hole to begin the final round.
The Deacs are in search of their sixth ACC title, having won the championship in 1986, 1994, 1995, 2009 and 2010. Wake Forest has also finished runner-up 10 times, most recently in 2007.
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