Greensboro, N.C. — The Clemson Tigers women’s golf team wrapped up play at the 31st annual ACC Women’s Golf Championship on Saturday, with junior Ana Paula Valdes leading the way with a one-under par 71.
Playing in cloudy conditions but contending with strong swirling winds, the Tigers posted a four-over par 292 in the final round, its best score of the week. Clemson finished with a 36-over par 900 in seventh place out of 12 teams at the Sedgefield Country Club.
Eighth ranked Wake Forest won the tournament with a 14-under par 850, only eight shots better than No. 12 Florida State’s 858. The third-ranked Duke Blue Devils were two shots ahead of 17th-ranked Virginia who carded a 54-hole score of 870. Louisville rounded out the top five with a 26-over par 890.
Emilia Migliaccio of Wake Forest was the individual champion with a 54-hole score of 205, 11-under par. Migliaccio had a three-stroke lead after the first 36 holes on Thursday and was able to hold it. Teammate Siyun Liu finished second with a nine-under par 207.
Valdes had a strong final round, playing the back nine of the 6,089-yard course at two-under, and playing holes 15-18 at three-under. The Mexico native was half an inch short on making an eagle on 15, finishing the round with 15 holes at par or better. She finished in a tie for 20th with a score of 223 for the three-rounds.
Gracyn Burgess shot the second-best round for Clemson in the ACC Championship, with a final round of 72. The freshman from Lexington, S.C. finished tied for seventh in the field of 60, with 11 birdies for the week. Burgess finished the three-rounds with a total of 234 after back-to-back rounds of 81 on Thursday.
Alice Hewson shot a 224 for the 54 holes and finished in a tie for 23rd place. The senior from England finished her 122nd at round at Clemson with a 74 today. Hewson’s score has counted towards the teams score in 121 of her 122 rounds.
Freshman Ivy Shepherd finished with a 227 thanks to her final round, where she carded a 75. The Peachtree City, Ga. native finished in a tie for 36th. Alexandra Swayne finished in a tie for 50th with a 232.
Clemson will now await its NCAA regional assignment on Wednesday, April 24. The announcement will be made at 5:30 p.m. on Golf Channel. The regional sites for this year’s NCAA Women’s Tournament are Auburn, Ala., Cle Elum, Wash., East Lansing, Mich. And Norman, Okla. The regional tournaments will be played May 6-8.