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May 24, 2015

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Bradenton, Fla. – The 10th-ranked Virginia women’s golf team failed to finish among the top 15 teams after 54 holes of stroke play and did not make the cut for the final round of the NCAA Championships. The event is taking place at The Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla.

The Cavaliers shot 22-over 310 during Sunday’s final round for a three-day total of 74-over 938. UVa was tied for 20th place with LSU when the third round was suspended at 8:30 p.m. due to darkness with just six teams needing to complete their rounds. Alabama occupied 15th place at 63-over 927.

Earlier in the day, the Cavaliers wrapped up their second round, shooting 31-over 319. That score stands as the highest single-round total in UVa’s eight NCAA Championship appearances.

More than half the field of 24 teams posted their highest single-round scores of the year on The Concession course which features large undulating greens surrounded by bunker complexes. The course’s landing zones are generous, but like many Florida courses, water is featured on many holes.

Sophomore Lauren Diaz-Yi (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) led the Cavaliers during the final round with a 3-over 75, the teams’ best round of the tournament. She finished the event at 20-over 236.

Junior Elizabeth Szokol (Winnetka, Ill.) had the team’s best 54-hole total, shooting 15-over 231 that included a 6-over 78 during the final round. Junior Lauren Coughlin (Chesapeake, Va.) finished at 238, senior Brian Mao (Folsom, Calif.) shot 242 in her final collegiate tournament and freshman Lyberty Anderson (Chesterfield, Va.) posted a score of 244 in her first NCAA Championship.

“To be honest, coming into the tournament our expectation was certainly to finish in the top 15 and I felt making the top eight would be a bit of a challenge because this team has played well this year and they are the best team we’ve had at Virginia,” said Virginia coach Kim Lewellen. “As a team, we are disappointed but we still take a lot of good things away from this season and we’re going to take that and ride that into next season.”

Monday morning the tournament’s third round will be completed and the top 15 teams will advance to a fourth round of stroke play. From there, the top eight finishers will advance to match play to decide the team national champion. The NCAA individual champion will be crowned after Monday’s stroke play concludes.

Virginia was making its eighth appearance at the NCAA Championships in the program’s 12-year history. The Cavaliers finished fifth at the NCAA Regional in St. George, Utah after winning the program’s first ACC title earlier this season.

NCAA Championships
Bradenton, Fla.
Concession Golf Club
Par 72, 6,468 yards
Second Round Results

Team Results 1. USC             297-303-         +28 2. Duke            293-309-         +31 3. Arizona         300-311-294-905  +41 4. Tennessee       301-309-         +43 5. Baylor          297-307-306-910  +46 6. Purdue          307-302-302-911  +47 7. Stanford        293-323-296-912  +48 8. Washington      301-316-297-914  +50 9. UC Davis        305-304-306-915  +5110. Northwestern    310-301-305-916  +5211. Arkansas        310-306-303-919  +5512. Texas Tech      319-294-307-920  +5613. South Carolina  308-322-         +5914. Wake Forest     310-320-         +6015. Alabama         310-307-310-927  +6316. UCLA            319-318-         +6417. UNLV            305-324-302-931  +6718. Texas A&M       309-312-312-933  +6919. Tulane          314-309-312-935  +7120. Virginia        309-319-310-938  +7420. LSU             309-316-313-938  +7422. NC State        317-323-302-942  +7823. Campbell        315-311-324-950  +8624. California      321-320-312-953  +89Note: Scores in relation to par when third round was suspended Sunday due to darkness.
Virginia ResultsElizabeth Szokol 76-77-78-231Lauren Diaz-Yi 77-84-75-236Lauren Coughlin 78-80-80-238Briana Mao 78-87-77-242Lyberty Anderson 79-78-87-244Note: Final individual standings will not be determined until third round completed.="http:>="http:>="http:>="http:>="http:>
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