Deacs Second at Regional, Advance to NCAA Championship
May 9, 2015
By Erika Carrubba, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeWGolf)
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Wake Forest advances to the NCAA Championship with a second place finish at the NCAA Notre Dame Regional. Allison Emrey, Marissa Dodd and Sierra Sims all finished in the top 10 individually.
Wake Forest is advancing to its first NCAA Championship since 2011. That year the Demon Deacons were also at Notre Dame for the regional. This will mark the 14th appearance in the National Championship for the Deacs. The Demon Deacons posted their highest finish in a regional since 1996 when Wake Forest also finished second at the East Regional in Opelika, Ala.
"We are so excited to advance to the finals," said head coach Dianne Dailey. "This was a true team effort. Each student stepped up and contributed in a big way. Allison and Marissa finished in the top five and Sierra in the top 10. Both Erica and Mariana turned in solid rounds of 73 today which help tremendously. I am proud of our students, their effort and their perseverance. We were in contention until the end. We are looking forward to the finals and a strong finish."
Wake Forest got better each round (293-292-291) and finished three strokes behind ACC rival Duke. UC Davis, Arizona, Tulane and Purdue also advanced to the NCAA Championship.
Senior Allison Emrey continued the amazing finish to her Wake Forest career with a fourth place finish at the NCAA Regional. She fired rounds of 71-74-71 to finish at even par for the weekend. Emrey had four birdies in the final round, including one on 18 to drop her to 1-under for the day.
Emrey's fourth place finish is the highest for a Demon Deacon at an NCAA Regional since 2006 when Mandy Goins tied for third at the NCAA East Regional at Bryan Park.
Senior Marissa Dodd was a fixture in the top 10 all weekend and ended up tied for fifth. She followed rounds of 70 and 73 with a 74 on Saturday. She was 1-over for the tournament and tied with Michaela Fletcher of Memphis and Blair Lewis of UC Davis.
Sophomore Sierra Sims also placed in the top 10 at 3-over for the weekend. She carded rounds of 74-69-76 to secure her fifth top-10 finish of the year.
Erica Herr and Mariana Sims fired match rounds of 1-over 73 to help Wake Forest make a run at the Regional Championship. Herr showed improvement each round (78-76-73) and tied for 41st. Mariana Sims finished with rounds of 79-82-73 and tied for 76th.
Duke's Leona Maguire and Celine Boutier finished first and second, individually.
The 2015 NCAA Championship will take place from May 22-27 at the Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla.
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