The 2017 ACC Men’s Golf Championship ended on Saturday with the Blue Devils emerging winners at the Musgrove Mill Golf Club.
They won the title in style as they posted rounds of 277, 285 and 288 to get their first since 2013.
The Blue Devils had a Championship coach in Jamie Green and the team was motivated going by the successes of the women’s arm.
“We’re in a building where we see a ton of ACC titles by the women’s program and our guys are a little motivated by that, we’re not going to lie,” Green said as they lifted the title.
On their rivals, he said: “We’re in a great league, and any one of these teams is good enough to win this thing any week, so for us to be able to come in and have our guys play as well as they did it just means the world.”
Duke had all five of their golfers making the top 14. Alex Smalley shot a four under 212 to tie the fifth spot; Jake Shuman shot 214 to tie the eight spot, Alexander Matlari and Matt Oshrine were tied in tenth place with their 215 while Chandler Eat placed 14th with 216.
Clemson was in second, Wake Forest followed, then Florida State, NC State and Virginia followed in that order. Virginia golfer Jimmy Stanger won the ACC individual title. He becomes the third person in the program’s history aside Ben Rusch and Pete Arend.
“It’s a dream come true for sure. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve walked to class, especially these last few months, just dreaming of having a putt to win the ACC Championship and then making that putt,” an excited Stanger said.