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Charlottesville, VA – The 13th-ranked Virginia women’s golf team opens play at the NCAA West Regional at the Stanford Golf Course (6,103 yards; par 71) Thursday, May 6. The 54-tournament is scheduled to run through Saturday. Virginia is the No. 5 seed in the West Regional. It marks the sixth-straight year Virginia has received a bid to the NCAA Championships.

The top eight teams from each of the three 24-team regional sites will advance to the NCAA Championships along with the top two individuals not advancing from a team from each site. The NCAA Championships are scheduled for May 18-21 at The Country Club of Landfall in Wilmington, N.C.

Virginia’s lineup will include juniors Calle Nielson and Joy Kim, redshirt freshman Lauren Greenlief and freshmen Nicole Agnello and Brittany Altomare. Altomare, who was the runner-up at the ACC Championships, leads the team with a 73.70 stroke average. Nielson is second at 74.04 and Agnello is third at 75.74.

The field for the West Regional includes (listed by seed): 1. UCLA, 2. Alabama, 3. Arizona, 4. Ohio State, 5. Virginia, 6. Stanford, 7. LSU, 8. California, 9. Texas A&M, 10. Texas, 11. UC Davis, 12. Arkansas, 13. UNLV , 14. San Jose State, 15. San Francisco, 16. Idaho, 17. UC Irvine, 18. Iowa State, 19. Maryland, 20. Colorado State, 21. Oral Roberts, 22. Texas State, 23. Pennsylvania and 24. Portland State.

Teams will tee off on holes No. 1 and No. 10 all three days beginning at 8:00 a.m. The last tee time is scheduled for 2:09 p.m. on Thursday and Saturday and 2:11 p.m. on Friday. Teams will play 18 holes each day.

Virginia is paired with Ohio State and Stanford during Thursday’s opening round. The first pairing for those teams is scheduled to tee off at 9:06 a.m. PT.

Virginia, which fielded its first team in 2004, has qualified for the NCAA regional championships each season since 2005. That year the Cavaliers advanced to the NCAA Championships, finishing 13th overall. Last year UVa advanced to the NCAA Championships, finishing eighth overall, after placing fourth at the East Regional.

Virginia is one of seven ACC teams to receive an invitation to this year’s national championship. Duke is the top seed in the East Region while Wake Forest is the No. 3 seed and North Carolina is the No. 9 seed at that site. Florida State is the No. 8 seed in the Central where NC State is the No. 19 seed. Maryland is also in the West Regional with UVa as the No. 19 seed.

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