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July 18, 2006

Charlottesville, VA – The Virginia women’s golf team has been honored by the Atlantic Coast Conference with its Sportsmanship Award for the sport. Teams receiving the award have conducted themselves with a high degree of character and good sportsmanship, as determined by a vote of the league’s players and coaches.

Last year the Cavaliers, in their third season of existence, finished second at the ACC Championship behind eventual national champion Duke. The team went on to place eighth at the NCAA East Regional and lost a playoff to Alabama for the opportunity to return to the NCAA Championships.

Virginia finished the season ranked 16 in the Golfstat rankings and 19th by Golfweek. Those were the highest season-ending rankings in the program’s history. Leah Wigger became the program’s first All-American, earning second-team honors by the National Golf Coaches Association and Golfweek.

The ACC presents the sportsmanship awards for each of its 25 sponsored sports. For the second time in the three-year existence of the award, every ACC school was honored as a sportsmanship award winner at least once during the 2005-06 season.

The concept of the award was created by the ACC Student Athlete Advisory Committee in an effort to recognize teams who earned the utmost regard from their peers during competition.

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