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March 11, 2006

Columbia, SC – The 17th-ranked Virginia women’s golf team turned in its best single-round score of the season to stay in third place after the second round of South Carolina’s Lady Gamecock Classic. Led by Rachel Smith and Leah Wigger’s 1-under scores of 71, the Cavaliers shot 1-over 289.

Virginia’s 36-hole total of 591 is three shots behind second place Tennessee and nine strokes off sixth-ranked Auburn’s tournament-leading 582. The Lady Tigers shot a blistering 10-under 278 to move up from sixth place and grab the tournament lead.

Wigger’s 71 marked the fourth time this season she has posted a number under par. Smith’s 71 was her best score of the season. Tied for sixth at 1-over 145, Wigger enters the final round looking to post her sixth top-10 finish in seven outings this year.

Freshman Jennie Arseneault shot 73 Saturday to stand ninth at 147. Smith’s score moved her up to 21st at 150. Carly Truitt posted a 77 for a two-day total of 152 to land in 28th place. Lauren Mielbrecht shot 74 after opening with an 83 and is 45th at 157.

Auburn’s Maria Martinez, the nation’s third-ranked player, owns a two-shot lead in the individual stroke play at 3-under 141. She carded a 4-under 68 during the second round. Tennessee’s Nicole Smith and Auburn’s Nicole Hage are tied for second at 143.

The final round will start at 9 a.m. Sunday with a shotgun start. Live scoring of the tournament is on the Internet at

Lady Gamecock Classic
Second Round Results
The University Club
Par 72, 5,996 yards

Team Results

1. Auburn 304-278-582 2. Tennessee 300-288-588 3. Virginia 302-289-591 4. Florida State 302-295-597 5. NC State 303-293-598 6. Wake Forest 305-294-599 7. Furman 301-300-601 8. Augusta State 314-292-606 9. South Carolina 314-297-61110. East Tennessee State 319-305-62211. Minnesota 330-323-653

Top Individuals1. Maria Martinez, Auburn 73-68-1412. Nicole Hage, Auburn 74-69-1433. Nicole Smith, Tennessee 74-69-1434. Golda Johansson, Tennessee 72-72-1444. Caroline Westrup, Florida State 70-74-1446. Leah Wigger, Virginia 74-70-1456. Blair Lamb, Furman 75-72-1456. Caroline Larsson, Florida State 73-71-1459. Jennie Arseneault, Virginia 74-73-1479. Jennifer Davis, Virginia 77-70-1479. Lauren Smith, Augusta State 76-71-147

Virginia Results 6. Leah Wigger 74-71-145 9. Jennie Arseneault 74-73-14721. Rachel Smith 79-71-15028. Carly Truitt 75-77-15245. Lauren Mielbrecht 83-74-157

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