It was a Sunday to remember for senior golfer Lauren Coughlin and the Virginia Women's Golf team. The Cavaliers won their second consecutive ACC title at the Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, North Carolina. UVA finished the three-day tournament at -9, eleven shots better than second-place Wake Forest and 28 shots better than third-place Duke.
In addition to the team title, Coughlin won the individual crown with a dramatic birdie on the 18th hole, a 486-yard par 5. Coughlin stuck a 195-yard approach shot to within 7-feet, then two-putted for birdie. In doing so, she edged out Wake Forest freshman Jennifer Kupcho by two shots. Video of Coughlin's approach is below, courtesy of the UVA Women's Golf Twitter account (@UVAWomensGolf).
The excitement was only beginning for Coughlin, however. During the trophy presentation, Virginia head coach Kim Lewellen asked Coughlin's boyfriend John Pond to come to the green. Pond, a former UVA football player, dropped to one knee and proposed to Coughlin, who accepted. Video of the proposal is below.
All five of Virginia's players finished in the top-15 for the weekend. In addition to Coughlin's first-place finish, junior Lauren Diaz-Yi finished fourth and freshman Anna Redding finished in a tie for fifth. Redding shot -3 during Sunday's final round. Senior Elizabeth Szokol and freshman Morgan Gonzales finished tied for fourteenth.
Virginia will next play in the NCAA Regionals in two weeks. The Cavaliers have yet to find out their destination for the regional tournament. Potential sites include Stanford, CA; Baton Rouge, LA; Shoal Creek, AL; and Bryan, TX.
Please stay tuned to Streaking the Lawn as we continue to follow the UVA Women's Golf team during the postseason.