UVa Women's Golfers in Third Place to Open NCAA East Regional
May 8, 2014
Tallahassee, Fla. – The 20th-ranked Virginia women’s golf team opened play at the NCAA East Regional by shooting 5-under 283 to finish the first round in third place. The top eight schools from the 24-team field advance to the NCAA Championships. The 54-hole tournament runs through Saturday.
Virginia’s team score was its lowest round of the season and the best 18-hole effort at an NCAA regional site in the program’s history. The Cavaliers had the chance to make it even better.
Leading the field at one point, while shooting a collective 12-under, the Cavalier could not continue that torrid pace down the stretch of closing holes. UVa collected its last birdie on hole No. 12 and its four scoring players finished the final six holes at six-over par.
The Cavaliers were led by a pair of 2-under 70s from freshman Lauren Diaz-Yi (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) and sophomore Lauren Coughlin (Chesapeake, Va.). They are tied for 13th place. Diaz-Yi collected six birdies and four bogeys during her first NCAA appearance while Coughlin provided the team its most consistent round, banking four birdies against a single bogey during her round that saw her post birdies on holes 10, 11 and 12.
Senior Elizabeth Brightwell (Nellysford, Va.) shot 1-under 71 to finish the round in 19th place and junior Briana Mao (Folsom, Calif.) posted a score of even par 72 to round out UVa’s first day scoring. She is in 28th place. Senior Portland Rosen (Sugar Land, Texas) finished the round with an 80 and is 117th place. Brightwell’s score was her best ever in NCAA competition.
Tulane’s Emily Penttila recorded the day’s best round, shooting 7-under 65 to lead the field. Duke’s Celine Boutier is second at 67.
The Cavaliers will tee off during Friday second round in the afternoon wave of play. The final 18 holes will be contested Saturday.
NCAA East Regional
SouthWood Golf Course
Par 72, 6,257 yards
First Round Results
1. Vanderbilt 277 2. Tulane 280 3. Virginia 283 4. Duke 284 5. NC State 286 6. Texas State 289 6. UCF 289 6. East Tennessee State 289 9. Pepperdine 290 9. Florida State 29011. Campbell 29111. South Carolina 29111. Stanford 29114. Auburn 29315. Kentucky 29515. Louisville 29517. Troy 29518. Baylor 29618. East Carolina 29720. Georgia 29821. Col. of Charleston 29922. Seton Hall 30223. Murray State 30724. Alabama State 315
Individual Results1. Emily Penttila, Tulane 652. Celine Boutier, Duke 673. Lori Beth Adams, UNC Wilmington 683. Simin Feng, Vanderbilt 683. Jenny Hahn, Vanderbilt 683. Brittany Marchand, NC State 683. Mariah Stackhouse, Stanford 683. Gabriella Wahl, East Tenn State 68