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May 11, 2006

Brown Summit, NC – The 20th-ranked Virginia women’s golf team is tied for 12th after the opening round of play at the NCAA East Regional being held at Bryan Park Golf Course in Brown Summit, NC. The seventh-seeded Cavaliers shot 15-over 303 during their first round in the 54-hole event that runs through Saturday.

The Cavaliers got off to a solid start Thursday morning and were in good position after they made the turn and were just 3-over through their first 12 holes. Down the stretch, as the winds picked up on the course, Virginia slid back with their four scoring players combining to finish 12 over during their final six holes. Virginia is seven shots behind four teams tied for sixth place. The top eight teams from the regional advance to the NCAA Championships May 23-26 at Ohio State.

Virginia was led by Rachel Smith who shot 1-under 71. Leah Wigger posted a 2-over 74 and Jennie Arseneault shot 6-over 78. Carly Truitt and Lauren Mielbrecht both finished at 80. Smith’s score equaled her best 18-hole score for the season.

Smith finished the first day tied for sixth overall while Wigger was UVa’s next best player in 31st position. Alabama’s Jenny Suh leads the field by one shot at 3-under 69.

LSU and California shared the first-round lead at even par 288. Tennessee was third at 293. Arizona State, the region’s top seeded team, was in 15th place at 19-over 307.

The Cavaliers will tee off at 12:30 during Friday’s second round of play. Updated scoring of the championship can be found on the Internet at Video highlights of each day of play are available at

NCAA East Regional Championship
Bryan Park Golf Course
Brown Summit, NC
Par 72, 6,386 yards

Team Results

1. LSU 288 1. California 288 3. Tennessee 292 4. Auburn 293 5. Alabama 295 6. South Carolina 296? 6. North Carolina 296 6. Vanderbilt 296 6. Wake Forest 29610. Florida State 29711. Furman 298?12. NC State 30312. Virginia 30314. Maryland 30515. Arizona State 30716. Augusta State 30816. Campbell 30816 Yale. 30819. Col. of Charleston 30920. East Carolina 31320. Mississippi State 313

Top Individuals 1. Jenny Suh, Alabama 69 2. Melissa Eaton, LSU 70 2. Mandy Goins, Wake Forest 70 2. Lauren Smith, August State 70 2. Marci Turner, Tennessee 70 6. Rachel Smith, Virginia 71 6. Sofie Andersson, California 71 6. Chris Brady, Vanderbilt 71 6. Jacqui Concolino, Vanderbilt 71 6. Allison Goodman, California 71 6. Ashleigh Korzack, Miss St. 71 6. Rebecca Kuhn, LSU 71 6. Nicole Smith, Tennessee 71 6. Carolina Westrup, Florida St. 71

Virginia Results 6. Rachel Smith 7131. Leah Wigger 7471. Jennie Arseneault 7886. Lauren Mielbrecht 8086. Carly Truitt 80

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