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GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Virginia women’s golf team will battle Clemson on Sunday for the ACC Championships after both teams pulled off upsets in the semifinal round of match play in Greensboro, N.C. at Sedgefield Country Club. The No. 22 Cavaliers – the fourth seed in match play – toppled second-ranked and top seeded Wake Forest 3-2. Clemson, the No. 4 seed, downed second-seed Duke 3-1-1. The Tigers are ranked No. 24 in the latest Golfstat standings.
Wake Forest jumped out to the early lead in its match with Virginia with Emilia Migliaccio’s 3&2 win over Jennifer Cleary. The Cavaliers bounced back with ACC individual champion Amanda Sambach defeating Lauren Walsh, 1UP.
Despite the Demon Deacons adding their second victory when Rachel Kuehn knocked off Celeste Valinho, 4&2, Virginia responded with Megan Propeck defeating Wake’s Mimi Rhodes, 1UP, with a birdie on Hole 18 to seal the win. Headlined by a key birdie on Hole 15, Rebecca Skoler sealed the Cavalier victory with a 1UP triumph over Carolina Lopez-Chacarra.
Clemson picked up its win versus the Blue Devils after falling behind 1-0. After Andie Smith recorded Duke’s first victory of the day in Match 1, the Tigers rattled off three straight wins beginning with Isabella Rawl in Match 3, as she defeated Duke’s Megan Furtney 5&4. Clemson took its first lead behind Chloe Holder’s 3&2 win over Erica Shepherd and Annabelle Pancake sealed the Tiger victory with a 3&1 win over Phoebe Brinker. Pancake clinched the match with a birdie on the par-4 No. 17.
Virginia will look for its first ACC Women’s Golf crown since 2016 and first since match play was instituted in 2021. Clemson will play for its first ever conference title.
Sunday’s finals of match play begin at 9 a.m. and will air live on ACC Network Extra. Live stats are online at Golfstat.com.
Sedgefield Country Club
Par 72, 6,092 yards
Match Play Semifinals
#4 Virginia def. #1 Wake Forest, 3-2
Emilia Migliaccio (WF) def. Jennifer Cleary (UVA), 3&2
Amanda Sambach (UVA) def. Lauren Walsh (WF), 1UP
Megan Propeck (UVA) def. Mimi Rhodes (WF), 1UP
Rachel Kuehn (WF) def. Celeste Valinho (UVA), 4&2
Rebecca Skoler (UVA) def. Carolina Lopez-Chacarra (WF), 1UP
Order of finish: 1, 2, 4, 3, 5
#3 Clemson def. #2 Duke, 3-1-1
Andie Smith (DUKE) def. Melena Barrientos (CLEM), 2&1
Anne Chen (DUKE) tied Savannah Grewal (CLEM), unfinished at time match was clinched
Isabella Rawl (CLEM) def. Megan Furtney (DUKE), 5&4
Chloe Holder (CLEM) def. Erica Shepherd (DUKE), 3&2
Annabelle Pancake (CLEM) def. Phoebe Brinker (DUKE), 3&1
Order of finish: 1, 3, 4, 5