Power Ball: Swinging For The Green

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Jim Quist @ACCTheQ

Last year the ACC had a record setting 11 women’s golf teams earning bids to the NCAA Regionals. To put icing on the cake, Wake Forest’s Jennifer Kupcho brought home the 2018 NCAA Women’s Golf Championship. The conference sent 7 men’s teams to the Regionals with Duke ending up in the semifinals of the NCAA Championship. After a stellar season loaded with top quality players it’s only natural to ask, will the ACC have another year of power ball? That answer comes in the form of a never-ending recruiting reload that adds a list of new names in with the familiar.

Jennifer Kupcho is back and sitting among the Top 5 individuals in the nation. Wake Forest also has North Carolina native Emilia Migliaccio and Siyun Liu on the roster which contributes to their Top 10 team ranking.

Cross state rival Duke may be without the services of standout Leona Maguire this year but they still have senior Virginia Elena Carta. During the 2015-2016 season Carta executed her own form of power ball topping her freshman season with the NCAA Women’s Golf Championship. After two years of health issues Carta wants to launch into her pro career with a solid senior season. Duke isn’t short on talent either as the roster also features Jaravee Boonchant, Ana Belac and Gina Kim. All three rank among the Top 50.

Florida State freshman Frida Kinhult has provided a pleasant surprise in Tallahassee as she is currently the top ranked college women’s golfer in the country. Two other freshman, Puk Lyng Thomsen and Beatrice Wallin are also making significant contributions that place the Seminoles in the Top 10 nationally.

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On the men’s side Duke features two Top 15 individuals in Alex Smalley and Chandler Eaton. Their efforts are contributing to a team ranking of No. 2 nationally.

Familiar names among the men in the ACC include Clemson’s Bryson Nimmer, Louisville’s Matthias Schmid and Georgia Tech’s Luke Schniederjans. Nimmer is the sole senior among the trio.

Golfweek/Sagarin Women’s Team Rankings

  • #1 Duke
  • #8 Wake Forest
  • #10 Florida State
  • #15 Virginia
  • #20 Miami
  • #29 Clemson
  • #37 Louisville
  • #40 North Carolina

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Golfweek/Sagarin Women’s Individual Rankings

  • #1 Frida Kinhult, Florida State
  • #4 Jennifer Kupcho, Wake Forest
  • #8 Emilia Migliaccio, Wake Forest
  • #10 Jaravee Boonchant, Duke
  • #31 Virginia Elena Carta, Duke
  • #33 Ana Belac, Duke
  • #35 Anna Redding, Virginia
  • #39 Gina Kim, Duke
  • #43 Siyun Liu, Wake Forest
  • #44 Beth Lillie, Virginia
  • #47 Lauren Hartlage, Louisville
  • #48 Alice Hewson, Clemson
  • #50 Anna Backman, Miami

Golfweek/Sagarin Men’s Team Rankings

  • #2 Duke
  • #5 Wake Forest
  • #10 Georgia Tech
  • #17 Clemson
  • #20 Louisville
  • #23 Florida State
  • #26 NC State
  • #27 North Carolina

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Golfweek/Sagarin Men’s Individual Rankings

  • #5 Alex Smalley, Duke
  • #6 John Pak, Florida State
  • #11 Bryson Nimmer, Clemson
  • #12 Chandler Eaton, Duke
  • #21 Matthias Schmid, Louisville
  • #23 Eric Bae, Wake Forest
  • #27 Andy Ogletree, Georgia Tech
  • #28 Stephen Franken, NC State
  • #29 Luke Schniederjans, Georgia Tech

Both ACC Golf Tournaments are scheduled for April 18-20 with the women’s tournament in Greensboro and the men’s tournament in New London, NC.

Will Ojanen is a member of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. He and his wife share their thoughts on craft beer at Will and Sami’s Beer Blog. Follow him on Twitter @WillsWorldMN

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