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April 17, 2005

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Playing in just its second conference championship, the No. 29 Virginia women’s golf team captured third place at the 17th Annual ACC Championship on Sunday, its highest finish in the tourney to date.

Top-ranked Duke claimed its 10th consecutive team title with an 886 (+22), 47 strokes better than second-place and 15th-ranked Wake Forest which finished with a 933 (+69). The Cavaliers, which finished seventh (of seven teams) last year, shot a 313 in the final round for a 944 (+80) total, tying No. 27 NC State.

“I’m very proud of our team,” UVa head coach Jan Mann. “They hung in there. We played (the final round) with Duke and Wake Forest, and we played hard. It was a great day and certainly a better finish than last year. Now we’re looking forward to playing in (NCAA) regionals.”

Duke players held the top four spots individually, led by medalist Brittany Lang who finished with a 219 (+3). Anna Grzebien was second with a 20 (+4), while Elizabeth Janangelo took third with a 224 (+8).

Sophomore Leah Wigger (Louisville, Ky.) led UVa with 233 (+17) to finish 12th. Sophomore Rachel Smith (Powell, Tenn.) finished 17th with a 238 (+22), while sophomore Sally Shonk (Noblesville, Ind.) followed at 19th with a 240 (+24). Freshman Lauren Mielbrecht (Gulf Stream, Va.) tied for 20th with a 241 (+25), while sophomore Lindsay Robinson (Huntington, W.V.) rounded out the Cavalier scoring with a 244 (+28).

Virginia now awaits a berth into the 2005 NCAA Women’s Golf Championship. The bracket will be announced on Monday, April 25.

ACC Championship
Carmel Country Club
Charlotte, N.C.
Par 72; 6,318 yards
Final Results

1. No. 1 Duke  303-291-292-886 (+22)2. No. 15 Wake Forest  312-316-305-933 (+69)3. No. 29 Virginia 320-311-313-944 (+80) No. 27 NC State 323-310-311-944 (+80)5. Miami  319-322-305-946 (+82)6. Florida State 329-314-306-949 (+85)7. North Carolina  326-327-310-963 (+99)8. Maryland  337-322-330-989 (+125)

TOP INDIVIDUALS1. Brittany Lang, Duke 75-74-70-219 (+3)2. Anna Grzebien, Duke 74-74-72-220 (+4)3. Elizabeth Janangelo, Duke 76-72-76-224 (+8)4. Niloufar Aazam-Zanganeh, Duke 78-71-76-225 (+9) Tina Miller, Miami 78-75-72-225 (+9)

VIRGINIA PLAYERS12. Leah Wigger 76-80-77-233 (+17)17. Rachel Smith 85-76-77-238 (+22)19. Sally Shonk 83-77-80-240 (+24)t20. Lauren Mielbrecht 80-78-83-241 (+25)27. Lindsay Robinson 81-84-79-244 (+28)

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