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Tigers advance to ACC finals

Coach Kelley Hester has led the Tigers to their first ever Match Play finals as the Tigers will play Virginia in the final match on Sunday. (Clemson Photo)

On Sunday the Clemson Tigers will have the opportunity no other team in the program’s history has ever had.

For the first time, the Tigers will play for the ACC Championship. Clemson will match up with Virginia on Sunday morning.

The 24th ranked Tigers won their way into the finals against #22 ranked Virginia with a 3-1-1 victory over Duke.

Freshman Isabella Rawl won her match 5 & 4 to help Clemson advance to the ACC Match Play final. (Clemson Photo)

The Tigers win over Duke would only be considered an upset by anyone who hasn’t been following the improvement the Tigers have made since the start of the spring season.

The trend line for Clemson has been going up, especially in the last month, for the team and just about all year for individual Tiger golfers,

On Saturday, Clemson put it all together to advance to their first Match Play final by topping 2nd seeded Duke at the Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro.

As impressive as the Tigers performance as a team was in the semi-final, it was the individual efforts of the five Clemson golfers that added up to the win.

Freshman Isabella Rawl had the most impressive victory of the day to give the Tigers their first point.

Rawl broke out of a tie with Megan Furtney on the sixth hole and finished off the match by the 14th hoie to take a 5&4 win.

Wren grad Chloe Holder led her match from start to finish to give the Tigers a point in their semi-final match with Duke. (Clemson Photo)

Chloe Holder came to Clemson through the transfer portal this year. The Wren High School grad won the first hole over Duke’s Erica Shepherd and never lost the lead for a 3&2 victory.

Annabelle Pancake again anchored the Clemson line-up.

Pancake and Duke’s Phoebe Brinker were even at the 13th hole when Pancake pulled away.

The Tiger junior won two of the next three holes and went on to beat the Blue Devils highest ranked player, 3&1 win.

Savannah Grewal was still battling as her match went into extra holes, but when the Tigers earned their third point Grewal’s match was declared a tie.

Annabelle Pancake continued her outstanding play with a match play victory over Duke’s Phoebe Brinker, 3&1 in an ACC Semi Final match up. (Clemson Photo)

Melena Barrientos came up a little short in her 2&1 loss to Andie Smith, but contributed three counting rounds in stroke play to help the Tigers qualify for Match Play.

The Cavaliers win over #2 ranked Wake Forest qualifies for the upset label as Virginia claimed a come from behind victory 3-2 over the Deacons to set the final match .

The Cavaliers won 3&2 and will have the opportunity to win their first ACC golf championship since 2016.

The final match begins at 9 AM and can be seen on the ACC Network.

South Carolina knocked out in SEC Match Play Semi Finals

The South Carolina Gamecocks continued their post season frustration with a semi-final loss in the SEC Match Play final,

The Gamecocks ranked as high as 4th in the country entered the SEC Match Play as the seventh seed,

South Carolina topped Auburn in a quarter final match. but could not get by the 10th ranked Texas A&M team to have the chance to play for the SEC Championship.,

South Carolina has made the Match Play portion of the SEC Championship for each of the last five years.

SEC Match Play Results https://results.golfstat.com/public/leaderboards/gsnav.cfm?pg=match&tid=27765&rid=2

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