Leesburg native Michael Brennan earned a clutch point to help lead Wake Forest University to a 3-2 victory over Georgia Tech in the match play final of the Conference Men’s Golf Tournament. Atlantic Coast on April 25 at Shark’s Tooth Golf Course at the Watersound Club in Florida.
After Georgia Tech’s Ross Steelman won five of the first seven holes on the back nine, sophomore Brennan bounced back with back-to-back birdies on the back two holes to secure a 1-up victory.
Seniors Parker Gillam (2 up) and Alex Fitzpatrick (21 holes) also won their matches to lift the Demon Deacons to their first ACC championship since 1989. Wake Forest has won 19 conference-best ACC titles.
“I’m so happy for these young men,” said Wake Forest golf coach Jerry Haas. “Everyone contributed this week, everyone scored a point. Our goal was to get into the top four [in stroke play]and Michael Brennan was clutch on Saturday.”
Wake Forest, who played in the No. 15 nationally ranked ACC Tournament, earned the final berth in the ACC match play semifinals after three rounds of stroke play.
Brennan produced two birdies and an eagle on his last four holes on April 23 to shoot 6 under par 66 on the final day of stroke play. Brennan’s birdie on his last hole propelled Wake Forest (-17) to fourth place, one shot better than Notre Dame (-16).
North Carolina (-35), Georgia Tech (-26) and Florida State (-19) occupied the top three spots in the team standings after stroke play.
Brennan (-11) finished in stroke play tied for third, two strokes behind Clemson’s individual champion Jacob Bridgeman (-13).
Wake Forest beat North Carolina 3-1-1 in the semi-final match play on April 24 to earn a spot in the championship game. Junior Mark Power (19 holes), Brennan (1 up) and Fitzpatrick (3 and 1) each won individual matches.
Wake Forest will be looking to build on its momentum at the 2022 NCAA Men’s Division I Golf Tournament, which kicks off May 15. The Demon Deacons will learn their regional destination on the May 4 draft show.
Brennan, a graduate of Tuscarora High School, won several collegiate tournaments during his first two seasons at Wake Forest. The 2019 Virginia State Amateur Champion made his PGA Tour debut earlier this year at the Genesis Invitational.