This past weekend, the Wake Forest Women’s Golf Team emerged victorious at the Bryan National Collegiate at the Bryan Park Champions Course in Greensboro, NC despite less-than-ideal weather conditions. Junior Monica Schumacher, who finished with a score of 78, described the April weather as, “wrought with strong winds and rain, but it was nice to see our team stick it out and pull through for the win.”
The Demon Deacons co-hosted the 21st-annual event with University of North Carolina-Greensboro, which hosted ten Top-40 ranked teams going into the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Tournament. As of April 5, the Demon Deacons are tied for 14th place with University of Washington in the Division I golf standings. According to this week’s GolfStat rankings, freshman Emilia Migliaccio and junior Jennifer Kupcho were ranked No. 10 and No. 11, respectively, before the start of tournament play.
On the individual competition side, junior and captain Jennifer Kupcho had a memorable weekend for her career, finishing first in the 21st-annual tournament with an overall score of 72-72-71. Earning her second individual top finish of the season and fifth of her Wake Forest career, Kupcho tied the school record with most titles earned in a college career with five total. Kupcho reflected that “it was awesome to see our team pull through.” She was the only player to finish under par. Remarking on the success of the team during the weekend, the captain said, “we fought for each other, making it a special way to end the regular season.”
Throughout the weekend; Furman, Auburn, North Carolina and Wake Forest were neck-and-neck. As a team, the Deacons were tied for ninth place after the first round of play, shooting a 12-over 300. During the second round, the team was able to gain some momentum to push them into third place at the end of the first day of tournament play.
At the end of the first 36-hole day, Migliaccio held the lead shooting rounds of 71 and 70 and held a respectable three holes under par while Kupcho was tied for third place. On Saturday, the Demon Deacons soared to the top in the final round with 11 over 299. While Kupcho finished first, Migliaccio finished in seventh place with five strokes over par. Junior Mai Dechathipat finished 13 over par with a final round score of 74. Lastly, Schumacher finished the day with a 78.
With this Bryan National Collegiate win under their belt, the Wake Forest Women’s Golf team will move into tournament play starting with the ACC Championship at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro starting on April 21.