GREENSBORO, NC (WAVY) – There are certain days, certain memories never lost in the sands of time. The Sunday of April 17, 2016 is a date Lauren Coughlin out of Chesapeake will likely remember for the rest of her life.
First, there was what happened on the final hole at Sedgefield Country Club. Tied for the ACC individual championship lead at -7, Coughlin, who graduated from Hickory High School in Chesapeake, reached the par-5 18th hole in two, two-putted for a birdie, and captured the individual ACC championship over Wake Forest freshman Jennifer Kupcho.
It was the first individual win of Coughlin’s collegiate career.
Her teammates ran to the green, and soaked their newly-crowned compadre in water to celebrate what was now a clean sweep. The Cavaliers had just claimed both the individual and team ACC titles. That might have just been the perfect, fairy-tale ending to her career…until her boyfriend took the microphone during the awards ceremony.
John Pond, a former UVA football player, walked in front of Coughlin, got down on one knee and popped the question. And yes, she said, “yes.”
“It means the world to be able to say that I’m a 2-time ACC champion, and as well an individual champion…and then with this happening, it’s all surreal right now” Coughlin told the ACC Digital Network; “this” meaning the ring she now wears on her left hand.
She also explained how she wasn’t sure when Pond would show up, but that she knew he wanted to surprise her and that he wanted to “make it really big.”