At the 2019 East Lake Cup Julie McCarthy and her Auburn Women’s Golf Team drew & defeated the top seed and defending national champion Duke in their semifinal while on the other side of the draw, Lauren Walsh and her Wake Forest team came through a tough match with Arizona.
Just like they did against top-seeded Texas in the quarterfinals at last year’s NCAA Championship, the Auburn women’s golf team found a way and the Tigers defeated Duke, 3-2, to advance to the final at the 2019 East Lake Cup.
“I thought we played very solid,” Auburn head coach Melissa Luellen said. “They were very ready to play. I think that’s our experience we pulled from last year in match play. We play match play at our SEC Championship, and I think that helps prepare our conference teams to play in match play. We’ve had some really good experience in match play and some good film and good feelings.
“You step out here and all the teams out here are really good, all the players are really good, and we feel like we’re a really good team, too.”
RESULTS – AUBURN 3, Duke 2
Megan Schofill (AU) def. Miranda Wang (Duke), 4&3
Erica Shepherd (Duke) def. Kaleigh Telfer (AU), 1-UP
Brooke Sansom (AU) def. Gina Kim (Duke), 3&2
Jaravee Boonchant (Duke) def. Julie McCarthy (AU), 3&2
Mychael O’Berry (AU) def. Ana Belac (Duke), 5&4
In the other semi Wake Forest got victories from Emilia Migliaccio, Siyun Liu and Vanessa Knecht while Lauren Walsh’s match was all square when it was called in so goes down as a tie and they will now face Auburn in the final.
“We’ve never seen the golf course, and so for us to see it yesterday, I think we learned some things, moved some targets around today,” said head coach Kim Lewellen. “These ladies are fired up and they love match play. We can’t simulate this experience. We can’t simulate match play against one of the best teams in the country. This is what hopefully will happen here in the spring, both in our conference championship now that it’s match play and also in the NCAA’s. So I want them to go and enjoy the moment, figure out how they can improve in match play, and take everything they can from this experience. To enjoy this experience tomorrow, but also to learn for the spring and the championships.”
RESULTS – WAKE FOREST 3.5, ARIZONA 1.5
Emilia Migliaccio (WF) def. Sandra Nordaas (Ariz) 2&1
Siyun Liu (WF) def. Therese Warner (Ariz) 1UP
Vanessa Knecht (WF) def. Gile Bite Starkute (Ariz) 1UP
Lauren Walsh (WF) tied Vivian Hou (Ariz) All Square thru 16
Ya Chun Chang (Ariz) def. Rachel Kuehn (WF) 5&4
In the gents event Mark Power and his Wake Forest men’s golf team were beaten by Oklahoma State 3-2 on Tuesday in the semifinals of the East Lake Cup and will play Vanderbilt in the consolation match of the tournament