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Aug. 7, 2006

Charlottesville, VA – Charlottesville, VA – Four members of the Virginia women’s golf team tee off today in the last major amateur tournament of the season. Sophomore Jennie Arseneault joins junior Lauren Mielbrecht and seniors Sally Shonk and Leah Wigger at the 2006 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship being conducted at the Witch Hollow Course at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in North Plains, Ore.

Arseneault is one of 47 exempt players in the field. She earned the automatic spot after qualifying for the U.S. Women’s Open earlier this summer. Shonk and Wigger made the field after advancing through local qualifying tournaments. Mielbrecht was a late addition to the tournament. She advanced as an alternate when a player in the field withdrew.

Wigger will be the first UVa golfer on the course. She tees off at 7:30 a.m. PT from the No. 10 tee. Mielbrecht goes off on No. 1 at 12:52 p.m. Arseneault starts her first round at 1:47 p.m. off No. 10 and Shonk will follow her at 2:31 p.m.

The tournament consists of stroke play on Monday and Tuesday followed by match play. After conclusion of the 36 holes of stroke play, the field will be cut to the low 64 scorers, who will advance to match play. Match play concludes Sunday with the semifinals and finals. The tournament will be broadcast by The Golf Channel starting with the match play portion of the event.

The United States Women’s Amateur is one of the United States Golf Association’s original three championships. It was first conducted in 1895, shortly after the inaugural U.S. Amateur and U.S. Open. The Women’s Amateur has since been conducted every year except 1917-18, when it was temporarily suspended because of World War I, and 1942-45, when it was suspended because of World War II.

The championship is open to female amateurs who have USGA handicap indexes not exceeding 5.4.

Other UVa Summer Golf notes

Lindsay Robinson finished third at the 83rd West Virginia Amateur after scores of 73, 74 and 74 for a three-day total of 221. After leading the field following the first round of play, she finished four shots behind the winner. The event was played at Sleepy Hollow Golf Club in Hurricane, WVa.

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