News & ToursSeptember 1, 2006

College preview 2006-07: ACC

Amazing as it seems, the 2006-07 college season is upon us. In the Sept. 1 issue of Golf World magazine, we've put together a package to help you get set for the coming year. Included is a story about what qualities are needed to have a successful golf team (Note: players don't always have to be best friends). Additionally, we have our annual top-50 Players to Watch section for both the men and women, as well as the preseason GW coaches' polls, which have defending NCAA men's champion Oklahoma State and women's champion Duke in the top spots.

To supplement the magazine's preview, though, I'm going to try to break things down further with previews of the top teams in the country by conference. Beginning today with the Atlantic Coast Conference, I'll look at team rosters and rank schools within the conference, as well as make predictions on players of the year and who'll advance to NCAA regionals come May.

Here is a schedule of the conference previews to help you find your favorite. Come back and see where we rank your school ... and don't be afraid to comment if you think I'm all wet.

Conference, Date

ACC, Friday, Sept. 1

SEC, Monday, Sept. 4

Big Ten, Tuesday, Sept. 5

Big 12, Wednesday, Sept. 6

Pac-10, Thursday, Sept. 7

Mountain West, Friday, Sept. 8

Conference USA, Monday, Sept. 12

Mid-American Conference, Tuesday, Sept. 13

West Coast Conference, Wednesday, Sept. 14

WAC, Thursday, Sept. 15

Best of the Rest, Friday, Sept. 16

ACC—Men

__ Predicted champion:__ Clemson

Predicted player of the year: Webb Simpson, Wake Forest

NCAA Regional bound: Clemson, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, North Carolina, Duke, Florida State, N.C. State, Maryland

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2005-06 Accolades

Player of the year:__ Ryan Blaum, Duke

Freshman of the year: Cameron Tringale, Georgia Tech

Coach of the year: Bruce Heppler, Georgia Tech

ACC medalist: Cameron Tringale, Georgia Tech

All-ACC First team:

Brian Duncan, Clemson

Stephen Poole, Clemson

Ryan Blaum, Duke

Jake Grodzinsky, Duke*

Roberto Castro, Georgia Tech*

Kevin Larsen, Georgia Tech*

Cameron Tringale, Georgia Tech*

Martin Ureta, North Carolina*

Robert Riesen, North Carolina*

Stephen Lewton, N.C. State

Kyle Reifers, Wake Forest

Webb Simpson, Wake Forest*

  • returns in 2006-07

__2006-07 Ranking:

  1. CLEMSON __

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NCAAs: T-7       ACC:  3rd

Events: 12        Wins: 1 (U.S. Collegiate)

Top-five finshes: 4

Seniors/starters lost: 3 (Martin Caralioto, Brian Duncan, Stephen Poole)

First event: Carpet Capital Collegiate, Dalton, Ga., Sept. 15-17

Returning players:

Nick Biershenk, Sr.—Did not play in 2005-06

Tanner Ervin, Jr.—73.57 SA; 1 top-10 in 9 starts

Vince Hatfield, Soph.—73.55 SA; 1 top-10 in 7 starts

Luke Hopkins, Soph,—75.83 SA; 2 starts

Ben Martin, R-Fresh.—Redshirted in 2005-06

David May, Soph.—74.26 SA; 2 top-10s in 11 starts

Phillip Mollica, Soph.—76.07 SA; 5 starts; 47th at Jerry Pate

Zack Siefert, Jr.—Did not play in 2005-06

Incoming freshmen:

Sam Saunders, Windermere, Fla.

Kyle Stanley, Bellevue, Wash.

__2. GEORGIA TECH

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NCAAs: MC        ACC:  Co-win

Events: 13        Wins: 3 (Jerry Pate, Big Island, ACC)

Top five: 9

Seniors/starters lost: 2 (Mike Barbosa, Thomas Jordan)

First event: Carpet Capital Collegiate, Dalton, Ga., Sept. 15-17

Returning players:

Roberto Castro, Sr.—73.08 SA; 2 top-10s in 12 starts

Adam Cohan, Soph.—77.56 SA; 3 starts

David Dragoo, Soph.—76.5 SA; 2 starts

Taylor Hall, Soph.—74.44 SA; 2 top-10s in 9 starts

Kevin Larsen, Sr.—72.36 SA; 5 top-10s in 12 starts

Cameron Tringale, Soph.—72.19 SA; 6 top-10s in 12 starts; Win at Big Island, ACC

Incoming freshmen:

Daniel Bowden, Easley, S.C.

John Tyler Griffin, Wilson, N.C.

Chesson Hadley, Raleigh, N.C.

Paul Haley, Dallas

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  1. WAKE FOREST __

____[#image: /photos/55ad704cadd713143b42185e]|||Wake_forest_logo_1|||Coach: Jerry Haas, 10th year

NCAAs: T-3      ACC: 5th

Events: 14        Wins: 3 (Mattaponi Springs, Hootie at Bulls Bay, East Regional)

Top five: 9

Seniors/starters lost: 4 (Barr Blanton, Doug Manchester, Kyle Reifers, Alex Yates)

First event: International Collegiate, St. Andrews, Scotland, Sept. 1-3

Returning players:

Marc Gladson, Soph.—76.13 SA; 5 starts

Dustin Groves, Jr.—Did not play in 2005-06

Chris McCartin, Jr.—74.5 SA; 2 top-10s in 9 starts

Matt McLean, Sr.—76.0 SA; 1 start

Sean Moore, Sr.—74.33 SA; 1 top-5 in 12 starts

Webb Simpson, Jr.—72.25 SA; 4 top-5s in 13 starts

Chad Wilcox, Jr.—77.4 SA; 1 top-10 in 5 starts

Incoming freshmen:

Brendan Gielow, Muskegon, Mich.

Travis Wadkins, Houston

__4. NORTH CAROLINA __

Coach: John Inman, ninth year

NCAAs: MC        ACC:  Co-win

Events: 13        Wins: 2 (Schenkel E-Z-Go, ACC)

Top five: 10

Seniors/starters lost: 4 (Fernando Figueroa, Jonathan Jackson, Doug Kingston, Ted Smith)

First event: International Collegiate, St. Andrews, Scotland, Sept. 1-3

Returning players:

Reed Darsie, Sr.—74.78 SA; 3 starts

Ryan Holler, Jr.—75.0 SA; 1 start

David Holzworth, Soph.—Did not play in 2005-06

Chase MacFarland, Soph.—74.5 SA; 1 top-10 in 6 starts

Josh Moore, Jr.—Did not play in 2005-06

Wallace Palmer, Jr.—Did not play in 2005-06

Robert Riesen, Soph.—72.74 SA; 6 top-10s in 13 starts

Martin Ureta, Sr.—71.76 SA; 5 top-10s in 13 starts; Win at Adams Cup

Incoming freshman:

Michael Seducca, Orlando

__5. DUKE __

Coach: Rod Myers, 34th year

NCAAs: 12th     ACC:  8th

Events: 13        Wins: 2 (Duke Classic, Western Intercollegiate)

Top five: 4

Seniors/starters lost: 2 (Ryan Blaum, Alex Wilson)

First event: Carpet Capital Collegiate, Dalton, Ga., Sept. 15-17

Returning players (all stats include starts on JV squad):

James Dickey, Sr.,—Did not play in 2005-06

Andrew Giuliani, Soph.—80.0 SA; 1 start

Jake Grodzinsky, Sr.—73.1 SA; 6 top-10s in 12 starts

Justin Hare, Soph.—75.3 SA; 3 starts

Clark Klaasen, Soph.—74.2 SA; 1 top-10 in 11 starts

Bryce Mueller, Jr.—75.9 SA; 6 starts

Skip Murphy, Jr.,—Did not play in 2005-06

Michael Quagliano, Jr.—75.6 SA; 9 starts

Michael Schachner, Jr.—76.4 SA; 9 starts

Incoming freshmen:

Jeff Edelman, Southlake, Texas

Brian Kim, Yorba Linda, Calif.

Adam Long, Defiance, Mo.

Eric Schultz, Raleigh, N.C.

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  1. FLORIDA STATE __

Coach: Trey Jones, fourth year

NCAAs: DNP      ACC:  6th

Events: 12        Wins: 0

Top five: 4

Seniors/starters lost: None

First event: Inverness Intercollegiate Championship, Toledo, Ohio, Sept. 11-12

Returning players:

Jonas Blixt, Jr.—73.19 SA; 2 top-10s in 12 starts

Song Jeon, Jr.—75.26 SA; 8 starts

Torstein Nevestad, Sr.—74.36 SA; 2 top-10s in 13 starts

Bradley Ruch, Sr.—76.22 SA; 3 starts

Tommy Rymer, Jr.—74.81 SA; 7 starts

Matt Savage, Soph.—73.76 SA; 1 top-10 in 11 starts

Nicholas Smith, Soph.—74.42 SA; 12 starts

Incoming freshmen:

Cameron Knight, Wesley Chapel, Fla.

Seath Lauer, Huntington, Ind.

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  1. N.C. STATE

Coach:__ Richard Sykes, 34th year

NCAAs: MC        ACC:  4th

Events: 12        Wins:    0

Top five: 3

Seniors/starters lost: 3 (Taylor Crosby, Stephen Lewton, Banks Wood)

First event: Carpet Capital Collegiate, Dalton, Ga., Sept. 15-17

Returning players:

Darren Blair, Jr.—73.5 SA; 2 top-10s in 13 starts

Andrew Byrd, Jr.—Did not play in 2005-06

Kent Copeland, Soph.—Did not play in 2005-06

Chase Duncan, Jr.—74.0 SA; 1 top-10 in 4 starts

Garry Hill, Sr.—74.2 SA 2 top-10s in 10 starts

Jerry Richardson, Sr.—72.6 SA; 2 top-10s in 12 starts

Nathan Spoon, Soph.—74.0 SA 2 top-10s in 11 starts

Jace Strandberg, Jr.—76.1 SA; 1 top-10 in 4 starts

Wesley Tucker, Soph.—77.1 SA; 3 starts

Incoming freshmen:

Adam Hogue, Plymouth, Mich.

Brad Revell, Kingston, Ontario

__8. MARYLAND __

Coach: Tom Hanna, 16th year

NCAAs: DNP      ACC:  7th

Events: 11        Wins: 1 (Furman Intercollegiate)

Top five: 8

Seniors/starters lost: 1 (John Eades)

First event: Mid-Pines Invitational, Pinehurst, N.C., Sept. 11-12

Returning players:

Hunter Bendall, Sr.—76.3 SA; 3 starts

Skip Clasper, Sr.—77.6 SA; 3 starts

Adam Cohn, Jr.—Did not play in 2005-06

Tully Coyle, Sr.—75.4 SA; 11 starts

J.J. Occi, Jr.—74.9 SA; 3 starts

Blaine Peffley, Sr.—72.3 SA; 3 top-10s in 6 starts; Win at Furman

Matt Schall, Sr.—74.9 SA; 1 top-10 in 8 starts

Tyler Witman, Sr.—74.2 SA; 2 top-10s in 11 starts

Incoming freshmen:

Tommy Hanna, Bozman, Md.

Brendan Tracy, New York

__9. VIRGINIA TECH __

Coach: Jay Hartwick, 24th year

NCAAs: DNP      ACC:  9th

Events: 11        Wins: 0

Top five: 2

Seniors/starters lost: 2 (Joel Kraner, Sam Nicholson)

First event: Inverness Intercollegiate Championship, Toledo, Ohio, Sept. 11-12

Returning players:

Matt Boyd, R-Fr.—Redshirted in 2005-06

Chad Fultz, Jr.—76.0 SA; 1 start

Nick MacDonald, Jr.—74.18 SA; 11 starts

Will Oldham, Jr.—73.33 SA; 1 start

Ryan Sypniewski, Sr.—74.48 SA; 11 starts

Jurrian van der Vaart, Jr.—74.87 SA; 11 starts

Carl Wakely, Sr.—75.62 SA: 8 starts

Drew Weaver, Soph.—74.18 SA; 11 starts

Incoming freshmen:

None

__10. VIRGINIA __

Coach: Bowen Sargent, third year

NCAAs: DNP      ACC:  10th

Events: 11        Wins: 1 (Mason Rudolph)

Top five: 2

Seniors/starters lost: 1 (William Byrd III, John Fizer, Carter Henderson, Eamonn McLoughlin, Brad Tilley)

First event: Scenic City Invitational, Chattanooga, Tenn., Sept. 11-12

Returning players:

Greg Carlin, Jr.—76.33 SA; 2 starts

Dan Gabel, Sr.—74.0 SA; 1 start

Daniel Kefale, Soph.—73.72 SA; 1 top-10 in 6 starts

Daniel McGurk, Sr.—76.11 SA; 3 starts

Andrea Signor, Sr.—74.0 SA; 1 top-10 in 7 starts

Conrad Von Borsig, Soph.—75.19 SA; 9 starts

Lee Yang, Jr.—77.33 SA; 1 start

Incoming freshmen:

Kyle Stough, Laurel, Md.

Preston Yates, Winston-Salem, N.C.

__11. BOSTON COLLEGE

Coach:__ Trevor Drum, eighth year

NCAAs: DNP       ACC:  11th

Events: 10        Wins: 0

Top five: 1

Seniors/starters lost: 1 (Kyle Kelly)

First event: Mid-Pines Invitational, Pinehurst, N.C., Sept. 11-12

Returning players:

Eric Bjerke, Soph.—Did not play in 2005-06

Jim Granello, Jr.—77.46 SA; 10 starts

Phil Holden, Sr.—78.38 SA; 5 starts

Tim Holden, Sr.—81.08 SA; 5 starts

Bob Reed, Jr.—74.25 SA; 10 starts

Alex Snickenberger, Jr.—75.0 SA; 10 starts

Ryan Sturma, Sr.77.83 SA; 8 starts

Scott Yoon, Jr.—81.67 SA; 1 start

Incoming freshman:

Not available on website

ACC—Women

__2006-07 outlook

Predicted champion:__ Duke

Predicted player of the year: Amanda Blumenherst, Duke

NCAA Regional bound: Duke, Virginia, Wake Forest, North Carolina, Florida State, Maryland

__2005-06 Accolades

Player of the year:__ Amanda Blumenherst, Duke

Freshman of the year: Amanda Blumenherst, Duke

Coach of the year: Dan Brooks, Duke

ACC medalist: Amanda Blumenherst, Duke

All-ACC First team:

Amanda Blumenherst, Duke*

Anna Grzebien, Duke*

Liz Janangelo, Duke

Jennie Lee, Duke*

Jennifer Pandolfi, Duke*

Caroline Westrup, Florida State*

Katie Stepanek, Maryland*

Ann Laney, North Carolina*

Lauren Mielbrecht, Virginia*

Leah Wigger, Virginia*

Mandy Goins, Wake Forest*

Nannette Hill, Wake Forest*

  • returns in 2006-07

2006-07 RANKING__

  1. DUKE

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NCAAs: Win      ACC:  Win

Events: 11        __

Wins:__ 6 (Mason Rudolph, Lady Tar Heel, Stanford, Betsy Rawls, ACC, NCAA)     __

Top-five finishes:__ 11

Seniors/starters lost: 1 (Liz Janangelo)

First event: Mason Rudolph Championship, Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 15-17

Returning players:

Amanda Blumenherst, Soph.—71.62 SA; 3 wins, 9 top-5s in 11 starts; Win at Mason Rudolph, Longhorn, ACC

Anna Grzebien, Sr.—73.55 SA; 3 top-5s in 10 starts;

Jennie Lee, Soph.—74.29 SA; 2 top-10s in 11 starts

Jennifer Pandolfi, Jr.—75.68 SA; 4 top-10s in 11 starts

Incoming freshmen:

Rebecca Kim, Tigard, Ore.

Yu Young Lee, Orlando

Alison Whitaker, Melbourne, Australia

__2. VIRGINIA

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NCAAs: DNP      ACC:  2nd

Events: 10        Wins: 0

Top five: 8

Seniors/starters lost: 0

First event: Mason Rudolph Championship, Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 15-17

Returning players (including JV tournaments):

Jennie Arseneault, Soph.—75.5 SA; 6 starts

Ashley Mayo, Sr.—83.75 SA; 2  starts

Kira Mayo, Sr.—84.0 SA; 2 starts

Lauren Mielbrecht, Jr.—75.6 SA; 4 top-10s in 10 starts

Lindsay Robinson, Sr.—78.0 SA; 1 top-10 in 6 starts

Sally Shonk, Sr.—77.7 SA; 4 starts

Kristen Simpson, Soph.—80.0 SA; 2 starts

Rachel Smith, Sr.—76.37 SA; 10 starts

Carly Truitt, Soph.—77.03 SA; 10 starts

Leah Wigger, Sr.—73.23 SA; 9 top-10s in 10 starts

Incoming freshmen:

Whitney Newhauser, Barboursville, Va.

__3. WAKE FOREST

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NCAAs: 15th      ACC:  3rd

Events: 11        Wins: 0

Top five: 6

Seniors/starters lost: 2 (Joy Juskowich, Julie McKenna)

First event: Mason Rudolph Championship, Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 15-17

Returning players:

Jean Chua, Jr.—76.29 SA: 1 top-10 in 10 starts

Jordan Craig, Jr.—79.35 SA; 6 starts; Win at Pfeiffer Invite (played as individual)

Laura Crawford, Jr.—77.76 SA; 11 starts

Mandy Goins, Sr.—74.59 SA: 4 top-10s in 11 starts

Nannette Hill, Soph.—75.15 SA; 4 top-10s in 11 starts

Maggie Simons, Sr.—76.06 SA; 1 top-10 in 11 starts

Incoming freshmen:

Jessica Boney, Wilmington, N.C.

Erin Boyle, Wellesley, Mass.

Rachel Cook, Baltimore, Md.

Laura Ormson, Granger, Ind.

Dolores White, Lakeland, Fla.

__4. NORTH CAROLINA

Coach:__ Sally Austin, 13th year

NCAAs: DNP      ACC:  7th

Events: 10        Wins: 0

Top five: 1

Seniors/starters lost: 1 (Romi Irons)

First event: Cougar Fall Classic, Hanahan, S.C., Sept. 11-12

Returning players (include stats from JV team):

Shannon Boyle, Sr.—79.76 SA; 7 starts

Laura Caniff, Jr.—77.0 SA; 6 starts

Sydney Crane, Soph.—78.23 SA;  7 starts

Catherine Hofmann, Soph.—87.67 SA; 1 start

Lauren Hunt, Soph.—76.76 SA; 10 starts

Ann Laney, Jr.—75.93 SA; 1 top-10 in 10 starts

Collete Lowe, Jr.—81.0 SA; 2 starts

Katie Miller, Sr.—77.23 SA; 1 top-5 in 10 starts

Brittany Walker, Sr.—87.67 SA; 1 start

Incoming freshman:

Kate Thomas, Australia

__5. FLORIDA STATE

Coach:__ Debbie Dillman, 16th year

NCAAs: 16th     ACC:  5th

Events: 11        Wins: 1 (Ryder Florida Collegiate)

Top five: 5

Seniors/starters lost: 1 (Caroline Larsson)

First event: Cougar Fall Classic, Hanahan, S.C., Sept. 11-12

Returning players (starts include JV appearances; top-5s/top-10s are varsity events):

Ashleigh Anderson, Jr.—86.67 SA; 3 starts

Whitney Brummett, Jr.—77.32 SA; 1 top-10 11 starts

Jaclyn Burch, Sr.—76.29 SA; 2 top-5s 11 starts

Lauren Cousart, Soph.—81.78 SA; 3 starts

Erica Gonzalez, Soph.—80.67 SA; 3 starts

Kim Haskins, Jr.—Did not play in 2005-06

Ashley Kemp, Jr.—81.0 SA; 3 starts

Michelle Steakin, Sr.—82.67 SA; 3 starts

Kayal Shaul, Sr.—78.32 SA; 9 starts

Caroline Westrup, Soph.—73.64 SA; 5 top-5s in 7 starts; Win at Liz Murphey

Whitney Wright, Jr.—80.17 SA; 8 starts

Sara Young, Soph.—82.78 SA; 4 starts

Incoming freshman:

Lacey Agnew, Jonesboro, Ga.

__6. MARYLAND

Coach:__ Jason Rodenhaver, eighth year

NCAAs: DNP      ACC:  4th

Events: 11        Wins: 2 (Pinehurst Challenge, Lady Herd/El Diablo Intercollegiate)

Top five: 8

Seniors/starters lost: 0

First event: Cougar Fall Classic, Hanahan, S.C., Sept. 11-12

Returning players:

Kelly Calkin, Jr.—77.3 SA; 2 top-10s in 11 starts

Madeleine Lovette, Soph.—85.5 SA; 3 starts

Kelly MacWhinnie, Sr.—77.5 SA; 1 top-10 in 11 starts

Jessica Reno, Sr.—77.4 SA; 1 top-10 in 11 starts

Katie Stepanek, Sr.—75.4 SA; 5 top-10s in 11 starts; Win at Wolverine

Maggie Trainor, Sr.—Did not play in 2005-06

Katie Trotter, Jr.—76.8 SA; 3 top-10s in 11 starts

Carla Wasienko, Soph.—Did not play in 2005-06

Incoming freshmen:

Not available on website

__7. MIAMI (FLA.)

Coach:__ Lela Cannon, 24th year

NCAAs: DNP    ACC:  8th

Events: 9        Wins: 0

Top five: 4

Seniors/starters lost: None

First event: Cougar Fall Classic, Hanahan, S.C., Sept. 11-12

Returning players:

Mandy Fricton, Jr.—80.33 SA: 2 starts

Anabelle Paulino, Soph.—80.74 SA; 7 starts

Urd Pedersen, Sr.—82.0 SA; 3 starts

Tiffany Prats, Sr.—77.67 SA; 9 starts

Josie Shinn, Sr.—76.0 SA; 3 top-10s in 9 starts

Jessic Steward, Jr.—76.48 SA; 1 top-10 in 9 starts

Hagen Weintraub, Jr.—78.19 SA; 1 top-10 in 9 starts

Incoming freshman:

None

__8. N.C. STATE

Coach:__ Page Marsh

NCAAs: DNP      ACC:  6th

Events: 10        Wins: 1 (Papa John’s Collegiate)

Top five: 1

Seniors/starters lost: 2 (Lorraine Ballerano, Molly Birmingham)

First event: Cougar Fall Classic, Hanahan, S.C., Sept. 11-12

Returning players:

Stephanie Derrey, Jr.—76.26 SA; 10 starts

Lauren Doughtie, Soph.—78.53 SA; 5 starts

Lauren Harling, Jr.—78.67 SA; 4 starts

Nancy Mountcastle, Sr.—77.26 SA; 9 starts

Joanna Saleeby, Soph.—Did not play in 2005-06

Jessica Vincent, Jr.—78.88 SA; 10 starts

Incoming freshmen:

Not available on website

__9. BOSTON COLLEGE

Coach:__ Trevor Drum, third year

NCAAs: DNP    ACC:  9th

Events: 9        Wins: 2 (Sacred Heart Invitational, Massachusetts State Invitational)

Top five: 4

Seniors/starters lost: 1 (Elizabeth Friel)

First event: Dartmouth Invitational, Hanover, N.H., Sept. 16-17

Returning players:

Emily Cannon, Soph.—80.39 SA; 8 starts

Kathryn Mohr, Soph.—84.13 SA; 8 starts

Katie Napleton, Jr.—85.67 SA; 8 starts

Lara Smilnak, Jr.—80.44 SA; 8 starts

Incoming freshmen:

Not available on website

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