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Mark Power (Wake Forest) Wins Men’s Individual Title at 2019 East Lake Cup; Ana Belac (Duke) and Vanessa Knecht (Wake Forest) Co-Medalists in Women’s Division

Duke (Women), Texas (Men) Claim No. 1 Seeds for Team Match Play Semifinals (Tuesday, 3-6 P.M. ET on GOLF Channel)

Women’s Semifinals: (1) Duke vs. (4) Auburn; (2) Arizona vs. (3) Wake Forest

Men’s Semifinals: (1) Texas vs. (4) Vanderbilt; (2) Wake Forest vs. (3) Oklahoma State

ATLANTA, Oct. 28, 2019 – Wake Forest freshman Mark Power turned in a 5-under par 67 in a round that featured eight birdies to take the individual stroke play championship honors in the men’s division; while Duke senior Ana Belac and Wake Forest sophomore Vanessa Knecht each carded a 3-under par 69 to earn co-medalist honors in the women’s division at the 5th annual East Lake Cup in Atlanta.

Power’s 5-under par round included five birdies on his back-nine en route to his 67 and capturing his first individual championship. Knecht’s 3-under par round in the women’s division included a source of inspiration. She and her teammates, along with the Wake Forest men’s team, wore pink in honor of former Wake Forest women’s golf coach Dianne Dailey, who is currently battling breast cancer and is on-hand this week for the East Lake Cup. Belac birdied five of her last seven holes on the second nine at East Lake Golf Club to tie Knecht for co-medalist honors.

“It means the world to me that Coach Dailey was here today,” said Knecht. “Having her here for my first collegiate win is more important to me than I could ever vocalize.” She recruited me and brought me to the Wake family. Without her I wouldn’t be here.”

“This was one of my favorite tournaments my freshman year, probably my favorite,” said Belac. “Coming back here brings back all the good memories, and to win it is really special.”

“This is a special place and I’ve watched the TOUR Championship so many times on TV. To watch Tiger and Rory getting the job done on this course, and just to know we’re walking the same fairways as those guys, is pretty special,” said Power. “When I was walking up to the 18th green there it felt really good. I had that picture of Tiger walking up there with thousands of fans. To win on the same course that they did is really special.”

TUESDAY’S SEMIFINAL MATCHES:

Women’s: (No. 1) Duke vs. (No. 4) Auburn; (No. 2) Arizona vs. (No. 3) Wake Forest

Men’s: (No. 1) Texas vs. (No. 4) Vanderbilt; (No. 2) Wake Forest vs. (No. 3) Oklahoma State

GOLF Channel’s live coverage of Tuesday’s semifinals of team match play will air from 3-6 p.m. ET. Golf Central Pre-Game (2-3 p.m. ET) will preview each semifinal match, and provide updates on matches already in progress.

TimeTee #MatchDivisionPlayers
11:05 AM1 Duke (1) vs Auburn (4)Women’sMiranda Wang (Duke) vs Megan Schofill (Auburn)
11:15 AM1Texas (1) vs Vanderbilt (4)Men’sSpencer Soosman (Texas) vs William Moll (Vanderbilt)
11:25 AM1 Duke (1) vs Auburn (4)Women’sErica Shepherd (Duke) vs Kaleigh Telfer (Auburn)
11:35 AM1Texas (1) vs Vanderbilt (4)Men’sTravis Vick (Texas) vs John Augenstein (Vanderbilt)
11:45 AM1Duke (1) vs Auburn (4)Women’sGina Kim (Duke) vs Brooke Sansom (Auburn)
11:55 AM1Texas (1) vs Vanderbilt (4)Men’sParker Coody (Texas) vs Matthew Riedel (Vanderbilt)
12:05 PM1Duke (1) vs Auburn (4)Women’sJaravee Boonchant (Duke) vs Julie McCarthy (Auburn)
12:15 AM1Texas (1) vs Vanderbilt (4)Men’sPierceson Coody (Texas) vs Harrison Ott (Vanderbilt)
12:25 PM1 Duke (1) vs Auburn (4)Women’sAna Belac (Duke) vs Mychael O’Berry (Auburn)
12:35 PM1Texas (1) vs Vanderbilt (4)Men’sCole Hammer (Texas) vs Reid Davenport (Vanderbilt)
12:45 PM1Arizona (2) vs Wake Forest (3)Women’sSandra Nordaas (Arizona) vs Emilia Migliaccio (Wake Forest)
12:55 PM1Wake Forest (2) vs Oklahoma State (3)Men’sMarco Steyn (Wake Forest) vs Hazen Newman (Oklahoma State)
1:05 PM1Arizona (2) vs Wake Forest (3)Women’sTherese Warner (Arizona) vs Siyun Liu (Wake Forest)
1:15 PM1Wake Forest (2) vs Oklahoma State (3)Men’sMark Power (Wake Forest) vs Austin Eckroat (Oklahoma State)
1:25 PM1Arizona (2) vs Wake Forest (3)Women’sGile Bite Starkute (Arizona) vs Vanessa Knecht (Wake Forest)
1:35 PM1Wake Forest (2) vs Oklahoma State (3)Men’sAlex Fitzpatrick (Wake Forest) vs Brian Stark (Oklahoma State)
1:45 PM1Arizona (2) vs Wake Forest (3)Women’sVivian Hou (Arizona) vs Lauren Walsh (Wake Forest)
1:55 PM1Wake Forest (2) vs Oklahoma State (3)Men’sEugenio Chacarra (Wake Forest) vs Rayhan Thomas (Oklahoma State)
2:05 PM1Arizona (2) vs Wake Forest (3)Women’sYa Chun Chang (Arizona) vs Rachel Kuehn (Wake Forest)
2:15 PM1Wake Forest (2) vs Oklahoma State (3)Men’sEric Bae (Wake Forest) vs Aman Gupta (Oklahomas State)

WOMEN’S DIVISION – INDIVIDUAL STROKE PLAY RESULTS:

T1 Vanessa Knecht (Wake Forest) (-3, 69)

T1 Ana Belac (Duke) (-3, 69)

3rd Therese Warner (Arizona) (-2, 70)

T4 Jaravee Boonchant (Duke) (-1, 71)

T4 Vivian Hou (Arizona) (-1, 71)

TEAM RESULTS (determines seeding for Tuesday’s Match Play Semifinals):

Duke (-2, No. 1 seed) Arizona (Even Par, No. 2 seed)

Ana Belac (-3, 69) Therese Warner (E, 70)

Jaravee Boonchant (-1, 71) Vivian Hou (-1, 71)

Erica Shepherd (E, 72) Ya Chun Chang (E, 72)

Gina Kim (+2, 74) Gile Bite Starkute (+3, 75)

Miranda Wang (+7, 79) Sandra Nordaas (+5, 77)

Wake Forest (+4, No. 3 seed) Auburn (+7, No. 4 seed)

Vanessa Knecht (-3, 69) Brooke Sansom (E, 72)

Siyun Liu (E, 72) Mychael O’Berry (+1, 73)

Emilia Migliaccio (+3, 75) Kaleigh Telfer (+3, 75)

Lauren Walsh (+4, 76) Megan Schofill (+3, 75)

Rachel Kuehn (+5, 77) Julie McCarthy (+7, 79)

MEN’S DIVISION – INDIVIDUAL STROKE PLAY RESULTS:

1st Mark Power (Wake Forest) (-5, 67)

T2 Travis Vick (Texas) (-3, 69)

T2 Pierceson Coody (Texas) (-3, 69)

T4 Parker Coody (Texas) (-2, 70)

T4 Cole Hammer (Texas) (-2, 70)

6 Austin Eckroat (Oklahoma State) (-1, 71)

TEAM RESULTS (determines seeding for Tuesday’s Match Play Semifinals):

Texas (-10, No. 1 seed) Wake Forest (-4, No. 2 seed)

Travis Vick (-3, 69) Mark Power (-5, 67)

Pierceson Coody (-3, 69) Marco Steyn (E, 72)

Parker Coody (-2, 70) Alex Fitzpatrick (E, 72)

Cole Hammer (-2, 70) Eric Bae (+1, 73)

Spencer Soosman (+5, 77) Eugenio Chacarra (+2, 74)

Oklahoma State (+4, No. 3 seed) Vanderbilt (+13, No. 4 seed)

Austin Eckroat (-1, 71) Harrison Ott (+3, 75)

Aman Gupta (+1, 73) Reid Davenport (+3, 75)

Brian Stark (+1, 73) John Augenstein (+3, 75)

Rayhan Thomas (+3, 75) William Moll (+4, 76)

Hazen Newman (+4, 76) Matthew Riedel (+9, 81)

The East Lake Cup is being contested over three days, following the format from the final three days of the NCAA men’s and women’s golf national championships. On Monday, Oct. 28, the eight teams competed in individual stroke play competition to determine the individual champion and to seed for two days of match-play competition. Tuesday-Wednesday, Oct. 29-30, two match-play tournaments will be hosted simultaneously for the men’s and women’s divisions, with the semifinals taking place on Tuesday and the finals and consolation matches on Wednesday.

Teams for the East Lake Cup are competing on the championship golf course at East Lake Golf Club, home of the TOUR Championship, the season-ending event of the PGA TOUR’s FedExCup Playoffs. The East Lake Cup benefits the East Lake Foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to helping families build better lives and children reach their highest potential through its holistic approach to community revitalization incorporating mixed-income housing, cradle-to-college education and community wellness. The East Lake Cup is one of the largest contributors to the East Lake Foundation, having raised more than $1.5 million for the East Lake Foundation since the tournament’s inception in 2015. ZipRecuriter is the presenting sponsor for the East Lake Cup, joining tournament sponsors Bridgestone Golf, Mercedes-Benz, CSX, Uber and Topgolf.

For more information about the East Lake Cup please visit the tournament website www.golfchannel.com/eastlakecup. Stay connected with the championship using the hashtag #EastLakeCup.


-NBC Sports Group-