DLGA alum and Wake Forest sophomore, Natalie Sheary, entered into the final round of the ACC Championship with a one-shot lead over three-time defending ACC champion Amanda Blumenherst of Duke. Natalie won on the first playoff hole to win her first ACC Individual Title.
After a 4-over par front nine, Natalie found herself tied through 17 holes with Blumenherst on Sunday. Blumenherst bogied No. 17 to fall one shot back but made a clutch birdie on the par-5 18th to pull even with Natalie as her birdie putt on the final hole just slid by the cup. Natalie played her last eight holes at 1-under par to get her in the playoff with Blumenhurst.
They then returned to the 18th for the first playoff hole, and both would find their way to the green in three shots. Both players came up a bit short on their first putts and it was Natalie who was able to convert her par putt for the title.
In the team competition, Natalie helped propel her Wake Forest team to their first ACC Championship win in 14 years.
Natalie spent a year and half as a full time student at the David Leadbetter Golf Academy. She arrived at the academy in January of 2006 and graduated from the IMG Academy School on the IMG Campus in May of 2007. While at the academy, Natalie won the 2006 Connecticut State Women's Amateur, the 2007 Women's Eastern Amateur and was named a 2007 AJGA Honorable Mention All-American.
Congratulations go out to Natalie and her Wake Forest teammates!