Aug. 24, 2007
GREENSBORO, N.C. - The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and the Central Florida Sports Commission (CFSC) announce Central Florida as the host of three conference championships April 17-20, 2008.
Both the ACC Men's and Women's Tennis Championships are scheduled for Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs, while the 2008 ACC Women's Golf Championship will tee it up at LPGA International's Legends Course in Daytona Beach. It will mark the ACC's first trip to Central Florida for any conference championship since 2003.
"As the home state of two ACC institutions, bringing league events and championships to the state of Florida will continue to be a priority," said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. "The successes that our teams have garnered in women's golf and men's and women's tennis have been exceptional. Central Florida has a great history of hosting quality events, and I have no doubt that our teams will be provided with a great platform to showcase their talents and compete for an ACC Title."
"These three championships add to, and continue, a strong tradition of Central Florida serving as host to some of the nation's most prestigious collegiate events," said CFSC President John Saboor. "Our discussions began nearly a year ago, and we couldn't be more pleased to begin our partnership with the ACC. April 17-20 promises to be a very exciting weekend for our community."
All 12 ACC members will be represented at Sanlando Park during the 2008 ACC Men's and Women's Tennis Championships. The women's side will be paced by reigning NCAA Champion Georgia Tech, which has also won the last three ACC Championships. On the men's side, the University of Virginia will attempt to four-peat as the ACC men's champion. The events will be staged simultaneously at Sanlando Park, the home of the 2007 and 2009 NCAA Division II Men's and Women's Championships. The ACC Tennis Championships are sponsored locally by Seminole County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Duke University will swing for its 13th straight ACC Women's Golf Championship on very familiar ground in Daytona Beach. The Blue Devils won the NCAA Division I Championship on LPGA International's Legends Course this past May. Nine ACC members will compete in the ACC Women's Golf Championship, including Florida State and Miami. The event features a practice round and three competitive rounds, and is sponsored locally by the Daytona Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.