Wake Forest knocked off top-ranked Stanford to capture the Women’s Championship, 3-2, in the ninth East Lake Cup at Atlanta Athletic Club. The Demon Deacons also claimed the Cup in 2019.
USC claimed the Women’s Consolation title by slipping past Texas A&M, also by 3-2, while North Carolina claimed the Men’s Championship, 3-1-1, and Georgia Tech took home the Men’s Consolation title by downing Florida, 2-1-2.
Defending NCAA champion Wake Forest took down the Cardinal in big measure thanks to beating Stanford’s two best players, as All-American Rachel Kuehn routed Sadie Englemann, a senior from Austin, Texas, who captured the individual title on Monday, 5 and 4, and Carolina Lopez-Chacarra defeated Megha Ganne, a sophomore from Holmdel, N.J., 1 up.
Coach Kim Lewellen’s Demon Deacons, who earned their third victory of the Fall Season and could climb to No. 1 in the national rankings, scored their other point when Macy Pate edged Caroline Sturdza, a junior from Switzerland, 1 up.
Kelly Xu, a Cardinal sophomore from Claremont, went 21 holes to defeat Anne-Sterre den Dennen, while Paula Martin Sampedro, a freshman from Spain, gave Stanford its other point by getting past Mimi Rhodes, 1 up.
Still, it was a good Fall Season for Coach Anne Walker’s Cardinal, who won twice, while also finishing second once and third once. However, Stanford has lost in the final of the East Lake Cup all three times it was made it that far, also falling in 2017 and 2018.
For USC, Amari Avery, a junior from Riverside, took down Zoe Slaughter, 4 and 3, Brianna Navarossa, a senior from San Diego, beat Mia Nixon, 3 and 2, and Catherine Park, a sophomore from Irvine, defeated Lana Calibuso-Kwee, 4-3.
Texas A&M scored when Blanca Fernandez Garcia-Poggio slipped past Bailey Shoemaker, a freshman from Dade City, Fla., 1 up, and Jennie Park trounced Cindy Kou, a junior from China, 9 and 8.
Stanford and USC will start the Spring Season in the 2024 Pac-12 Preview on Feb. 19-21 at Nanea Golf Club in Kailua-Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii.
The teams were unable to play this week at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, the usual site of the tournament and also the course where the annual Tour Championship on the PGA Tour is held, because it is being renovated.
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