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Charlottesville, VA – The Virginia women’s golf team will open its 2010-11 season at the NCAA Fall Preview in College Station, Texas, the site of the 2011 NCAA Championships. The Cavaliers will play eight regular-season tournaments and the ACC Championships, while looking to make their seventh consecutive NCAA appearance. The past three years UVa has advanced to the NCAA Championships, placing 13th in 2010.

After opening at The Preview, the Cavaliers will travel to Vail, Colo., for the Golfweek Conference Challenge (Sept. 26-28). The format pits 18 teams from different conferences against each other. Also in the field is Tennessee (SEC), Pepperdine (WCC), Texas A&M (Big 12), Denver (Sun Belt), Arizona (Pac-10), UC Davis (Big West), Tulane (Conference USA), Chattanooga (Southern), San Jose State (WAC), Campbell (Atlantic Sun), UNLV (Mountain West), Coastal Carolina (Big South), Harvard (Ivy), Minnesota (Big Ten), Central Arkansas (Southland), Missouri State (Missouri Valley) and Sacramento State (Big Sky).

Virginia rounds out the fall with stops at the Tar Heel Invitational (Oct. 8-10) and The Landfall Tradition (Oct. 22-24) in Wilmington, N.C., the host site of the 2010 NCAA Championships.

In the spring the Cavaliers travel to New Orleans (Feb. 27-March 1) for the Tulane Invitational and to Baton Rouge (March 11-13) for the LSU Classic. UVa travels to Greensboro, N.C. (March 25-27) for the Bryant National and to Athens, Ga. (April 1-3) for the Liz Murphey Classic.

The ACC Championships will be held for the third consecutive year at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro.

“This is a very challenging schedule, especially playing the Fall Preview and the Golfweek Conference Challenge in September to open the season,” said head coach Kim Lewellen. “Our girls really enjoy that level of competition. It prepares them for the postseason. We’re excited about playing at Texas A&M at the Fall Preview. We have not been there, so it is a great opportunity to see and play the course and map it all out for the NCAAs.”

The Cavaliers return a pair of All-Americans, their top four finishers and six-of-eight competitors from the 2009-10 season. Sophomore Brittany Altomare led UVa as a first-year player, posting a 73.53 stroke average. She led the team with a 15th-place finish at the NCAAs. Senior Calle Nielson was second on the team with a 73.97 stroke average. She won the NCAA West Regional and placed first in two other tournaments. Both players tied for runner-up honors at the ACC Championships and earned All-America and all-conference honors.

Also returning are sophomores Nicole Agnello and Lauren Greenlief, junior Eleana Collins and senior Joy Kim. Elizabeth Brightwell, who redshirted her freshman season, will also compete for playing time along with two incoming freshmen.

2010-11 Virginia Women’s Golf Schedule

Sept. 13-15 NCAA Fall Preview College Station, TX
Sept. 26-28 Golfweek Conference Challenge Vail, CO
Oct. 8-10 Tar Heel Invitational Chapel Hill, NC
Oct. 22-24 The Landfall Tradition Wilmington, NC
Feb. 27-March 1 Tulane Invitational New Orleans, LA
March 11-13 LSU/Cleveland Classic Baton Rouge, LA
March 25-27 Bryan National Championship Brown Summitt, NC
April 1-3 Liz Murphey Classic Athens, GA
April 15-17 ACC Championships Greensboro, NC
May 5-7 NCAA Regional TBD
May 17-20 NCAA Championships College Station, TX

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