A par 5 ace. If you have the type of swing that makes that kind of magic happen you’d better bring along a friend to tape it. Otherwise, there will be a whole lot of raised eyebrows in the clubhouse. In some circles it’s a ‘double albatross’, others it’s a ‘triple eagle’.
It really doesn’t matter what you call it, it’s simply a special moment in golf that rarely happens. And, it appears to be happening in ACC golf. No, it’s not an actual par 5 ace. It’s not a specific round or shot. It’s simply the level of talent that peppers the rosters of conference men’s and women’s teams this year. That, in itself is enough to push the excitement meter into the red.
A special mix of youth and experience are pushing 8 men’s and 8 women’s teams into the top 40 collegiate rankings. At present 10 men and 11 women are ranked as individuals in the top 50. Granted, it’s early. We still haven’t seen all of the top players poke their heads up yet. Yet, the names that are there, be sure to pay close attention to each of them.
|RANK||TEAM (MEN)||RANK||TEAM (WOMEN)|
|#3||Bryson Nimmer||Clemson||#4||Anna Redding||Virginia|
|#13||Matthias Schmid||Louisville||#12||Emilia Migliaccio||Wake Forest|
|#14||Alex Smalley||Duke||#18||Jaravee Boonchant||Duke|
|#17||Chandler Eaton||Duke||#20||Ana Belac||Duke|
|#20||Eric Bae||Wake Forest||#22||Siyun Liu||Wake Forest|
|#22||Luke Schniederjans||Georgia Tech||#32||Frida Kinhult||Florida State|
|#25||Tyler Strafaci||Georgia Tech||#33||Beth Lillie||Virginia|
|#28||John Pak||Florida State||#39||Katharine Patrick||Virginia|
|#33||Kengo Aoshima||Wake Forest||#40||Ivy Shepherd||Clemson|
|#38||Noah Norton||Georgia Tech||#41||Virginia Elena Carta||Duke|
A record tying 5 ACC women’s golf teams advanced to the NCAA’s last year with Wake Forest’s Jennifer Kupcho winning the NCAA Women’s Golf Championship. Kupcho returns this year for the Demon Deacons.
Duke’s men’s golf team finished second in the NCAA Championship plus they return Alex Smalley and Chandler Eaton.
Clemson’s Bryson Nimmer tied at 7 in the NCAA Men’s Golf Championship. Nimmer earned the September ACC Men’s Golf Player of the Month honors.
Speaking of conference honors, Anna Redding of Virginia also earned the ACC Women’s Golf Player of the Month in September.
The 2019 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships will be played at The Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The women will compete May 17-22 and the men take the course May 24-29.