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Wake Forest wins first NCAA golf title behind ‘special’ senior trio

Fifth-year senior Emilia Migliaccio helped lead her team to the NCAA title just weeks after she played in the Augusta National Women's Amateur. (Michael Madrid/USA TODAY Sports)

Wake Forest women’s golf made history Wednesday, winning the first NCAA championship in program history.

The Demon Deacons dominated four-time champion USC, winning match play 3-1 to take the title. The win represented a turnaround from 2019, when the Wake Forest lost to Duke in the championship match.

Fifth-year senior Emilia Migliaccio called it “an amazing feeling.”

“You just feel so good because we have such a special community at Wake Forest and there were so many supporters,” she said. “I have so many messages from people that I don’t know that are just affiliated with Wake Forest.”

Veteran experience played a key role, as Migliaccio and seniors Lauren Walsh and Rachel Kuehn secured the three points that carried their team to the title.

“These three have played at extremely high levels,” head coach Kim Lewellen said. “They’ve played on Curtis Cups, they’ve played on Palmer Cups, they’ve played in (U.S. Women’s) Opens, they’ve played in U.S. Ams.

“They’ve played at extremely high levels and extreme pressure and turned it into a positive. That’s what made this team so special.”