Hurricanes Finish Eighth at ACC Championship
April 15, 2012
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – University of Miami freshman Rika Park and senior Jennifer Hirano finished among the top-25 golfers in the 2012 ACC Championships held in Greensboro, N.C., Sunday.
Duke won the team title posting a 292 in the final round. The Blue Devils shot 23-over 875 overall to claim the championship, which was 10 strokes better than second place North Carolina (33-over 885). This is Duke’s 17th title and first since 2008. Wake Forest (third, 40-over 892), Florida State (fourth, 47-over 899) and Virginia (fifth, 51-over 903) finished out the top-five. Miami (eighth, 76-over 928) shot 302 on the final day to move past Boston College (ninth, 82-over 934).
Junior Lindy Duncan of Duke captured the ACC individual title. Duncan ended three-under par for the tournament, six strokes ahead of second-place Alejandra Cangrejo (Duke), O. Kristinsdottir (Wake Forest) and Maria Salinas (Florida State).
Park improved eight strokes from Saturday’s performance to fire off an even-par 71 on Sunday, finishing with a 15-over par 228 over 54 holes to tie for 19th place in her first ACC Championship. Hirano – in her final ACC Championship – followed up with a six-over par 77 on Sunday, ending in a tie for 22nd place with 229 strokes over the three rounds.
Freshman Leticia Ras-Anderica ended the tournament tied for 29th after firing her best round with a five-over par 76 on Sunday. Freshman Shannon Pak and Sophomore Carina Cuculiza round out the Canes carding seven-over par 78 and eight-over par 79, respectively. In their final round Pak shaved off six strokes from Saturday, while Cuculiza also improved from the previous round by seven strokes.
With a combined total of 928 strokes, the Hurricanes placed eighth and are still vying for an at-large bid into the NCAA East Regional. The announcement will be made Monday, April 30.
T19. Rika Park – 78-79-71–228
T22. Jennifer Hirano – 76-76-77–229
T29. Leticia Ras-Anderica 78-79-76–233
39. Shannon Pak – 76-84-78–238
43. Carina Cuculiza – 84-84-79–247
1. Duke – 280-303-292–875 +23
2. North Carolina – 290-302-293–885 +33
3. Wake Forest – 298-305-289–892 +40
4. Florida State – 308-294-297–899 +47
5. Virginia – 303-300-300–903 +51
6. NC State – 299-314-296–909 +57
7. Maryland – 307-302-308–917 +65
8. Miami – 308-318-302–928 +76
9. Boston College – 301-317-316–934 +82