Demon Deacons Win Atlantic Coast Conference Championship

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From Wake Forest Athletic Communications:

Demon Deacons Win Atlantic Coast Conference Championship

The program’s 19 titles are the most won by any ACC team.

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Florida. — Wake Forest’s No. 15 men’s golf team won the Atlantic Coast Conference championship in spectacular fashion Monday afternoon, beating No. 11 Georgia Tech 3-2 in extra holes.

This is the first ACC title for head coach Jerry Haas and the first ACC title for the men’s golf program since 1989. It is also only the fourth time in the history of the Atlantic Coast Conference that the women’s and men’s championships are won by the same school. The women’s golf team beat Florida State 3-1-1 last week for its second title in four years.

After junior Mark Power fell in the day’s opener, fifth-year senior Parker Gillam won his game to put the first point on the board for the Deacs. Gillam entered the 18th hole one and won the hole to seal match two.

Freshman Scotty Kennon retired from his match, but second Michael Brennan got in on the 18th green for the third straight day. Brennan was straight in her game heading to the 18-start box. A birdie putt for Brennan and a par for her opponent gave her the win to tie the game 2-2 with one game still in play.

With the only game left on the field, Alex Fitzpatrick stepped onto the all-square 18th tee. Pars for both players left the game tied at 18 and sent the pair back to the first tee for extra holes. After remaining tied after the first two holes, Fitzpatrick won his match on the par 21st hole, winning the Deacs’ 19th ACC title in program history.

By Coach Haas

“What an amazing feeling. I’m so happy for these players. You know, they had the highest team GPA on campus last year. They’re good kids, they listen, you know. They all tell me ‘ This one’s for you, coach.’ In some ways I feel it, but no they do all the work Coach Aaron has been here for years and he has really made our program one of the most elite in the country He points out the things in which they We have young men who want to be pro golfers and it’s hard to do it all but they do it and they do it well It’s so, so great I was probably 85 texts yesterday when we made it to the final I’ll probably be 380 today My phone vibrated in my pocket so I’m going to tackle it this week I tried to answer everyone I know Coach Haddock would be very happy for us Come on Deacs baby!

By Alex Fitzpatrick

“Just chills down my spine, goosebumps, excitement, knowing that all of my team, the coaches, the support was just amazing. I couldn’t be happier to do this for Wake Forest. It’s an incredible achievement and one I will never forget. It’s something we’ve been working on for years now. The first three years we didn’t make it, but knowing that at the end of this year I’ll be leaving and that we have an ACC championship, it’s just an incredible thing. I’m very, very happy to have a fantastic team where we all get along. Everyone is great. It’s just an incredible moment.

Sheet music

  • Lamprecht beats. Score Power (5&4)
  • Parker Gillam defeated. Howe (2UP)
  • Michael Brennan beats. Man of Steel (1UP)
  • Forrester def. Scotty Kennon (4&2)
  • Alex Fitzpatrick defeats. Reuters (21 holes)

ACC Championships by School

  1. Wake Forest, 19
  2. Georgia Tech, 16
  3. Clemson, 10
  4. North Carolina, 10
  5. Duke, 8

Next

Wake Forest will wait for its future in the NCAA until May 4. The NCAA Men’s Division I golf draft show airs Wednesday, May 4 at 4:00 p.m. on GOLF Channel where the Deacs will find out which region they’ll be heading to on May 16. 18.

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