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Wake Forest men’s golf ready for ACC Championship test

Posted Thursday, April 21, 2011

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Winston-Salem, NC - The Wake Forest men's golf team heads to Uwharrie Point, NC this weekend to compete in the 58th Annual ACC Men's Golf Championship.

This marks the 15th year and the 10th consecutive year the Old North State Club has hosted the ACC Men's Golf Championship. The Deacs have yet to win on the par-72, 7,100-yard course but Wake has recorded a pair of second place finishes in 2003 and 2004 and tied for third last season.

Wake Forest holds the record for most ACC Championships with 18 but its last title came back in 1989 at the Northgreen Country Club in Rocky Mount, N.C.

Head coach Jerry Haas will send a young but experienced group into action this week. Junior Lee Bedford will head the group as he is joined by redshirt junior Justin Bryant, sophomores Evan Beck and Charlie Harrison as well as freshman John Varol.

This will be Bedford’s third ACC Championship appearance. He led the team as a freshman in 2009, finishing tied for sixth at 4-under par. He then opened last year’s event with a 5-under 67 en route to finishing tied for 15th. The Cary, NC native has a pair of victories this season and has finished seven of 11 events under-par. He tops the squad with a 71.7 stroke average and has notched a total of seven top-10s.

Beck had a solid showing last year at the ACCs, finishing tied for 21st after a final round 2-under 70 in very windy conditions. The Virginia Beach, Va., native used that finish to spring board him into a tremendous summer and fall that saw him named the Virginia State Golf Association Player of the Year.

Beck has finished under-par in six of his 10 events and holds a 71.9 scoring average. He’s finished in the top-5 five times so far this year and is the only player on the team to have all 30 of his rounds count towards the team score. He is averaging 74.0 strokes per round and will be playing in his first ACC Championship this weekend.

Bryant and Varol will also be playing in their first ACC Championship this week but neither are lacking any experience. Bryant has played in nine events this year and is averaging just over 75 strokes per round. Varol has played in eight events and finished tied for 17th at the Irish Creek Collegiate.

Last year, the Deacons got off to a great start and was just a shot off the lead after an opening round 8-under 280. Georgia Tech took a seven-shot lead through 36 holes and would seal the victory with a solid round of 2-under 286 in the blustery final round conditions. Graduated senior Brendan Gielow led the Deacons as he finished tied for sixth at 5-under par.

This year’s 54-hole event is set to begin at 8:00 am Friday morning. The Deacons will be in the third wave which starts at 9:40 am. Wake is paired for the opening round with Boston College and NC State. The second and third rounds will also begin at 8:00 am on both Saturday and Sunday. will have live scoring of all three rounds and will provide live video coverage of the final two rounds beginning at 1:30 pm both days. Logon to to access both the live scoring and the video coverage.

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Wake Forest men’s golf ready for ACC Championship test