UVA Captures Bryan National Title for Third Time in Four Years
April 3, 2016
Browns Summit, N.C. – For the third time in four years, the Virginia women’s golf team won the Bryan National Collegiate in Browns Summit, N.C. Despite shooting 16-over 304 during Sunday’s windy conditions, the 20th-ranked Cavaliers managed to post a six-stroke win over second-place South Carolina.
UVA finished at 24-over 888 while the 30th-ranked Gamecocks, who managed the day’s best score at 10-over 298, ended play at 894. No. 21 Florida State was third at 896 and 49th-ranked Wake Forest was fourth at 901.
Virginia won the tournament last year when it defeated Wake Forest in a two-hole playoff. In 2013, the Cavaliers posted its first victory in the tournament.
“For them to battle in those conditions and play good golf, but not their best golf, and just stay in it and do what they needed to do to win was impressive,” said UVA Kim Lewellen. “They played even all day and didn’t let any little things bother them. They just stayed on course. That’s what I am most proud of.”
UVA had four players finish in the top-10 to help it take home the championship trophy. Seniors Lauren Coughlin (Chesapeake, Va.) and Elizabeth Szokol (Winnetka, Ill.) tied for fifth place at 6-over 222. Coughlin shot 78 on Sunday while Szokol finished with a 76.
It marked the fifth time in eight tournaments this season that Coughlin has finished in the top-10 while Szokol cracked the top-10 for the second consecutive event.
Junior Lauren Diaz-Yi (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) and freshman Anna Redding (Concord, N.C.) tied for eighth at 224. Diaz-Yi carded a final round score of 77 while Redding had UVA’s best score on Sunday, shooting 73. It was the first top-10 finish of her career.
Freshmen Morgan Gonzales (Chandler, Ariz.) placed 51st at 236. Sophomore Maho Hayakawa (Lake Mary, Fla.), who competed as an individual, was 65th at 242.
“It was a great day for Anna,” Lewellen said. “She had the third lowest round of the day when everyone was challenged by the conditions, had her first top-10 finish and did it all on her birthday. That’s going to give her a lot of confidence as we head into the post season.”
The win was the eighth during Lewellen’s nine-year career at Virginia.
South Carolina’s Sarah Schmelzel took medalist honors at 3-over 219.
The Cavaliers are off until they compete at the ACC Championships April 15-17 at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C.
Bryan National Collegiate
Browns Summit, N.C.
Bryan Park Champions Course
Par 72, 6,386 yards
Team Results 1. Virginia 289-295-304-888 2. South Carolina 297-299-298-894 3. Florida State 299-290-307-896 4. Wake Forest 298-297-306-901 5. Notre Dame 297-303-309-909 5. Kentucky 306-293-310-909 7. East Carolina 299-303-308-910 8. NC State 304-303-304-911 9. Miami 298-306-310-91410. North Carolina 302-304-311-91711. Michigan 314-304-308-92612. UCF 315-301-317-93313. Penn State 319-315-312-94614. CSU Fullerton 307-312-334-95315. UNC Greensboro 326-317-326-969
Individual Results1. Sarah Schmelzel, South Carolina 73-71-75-2192. Jennifer Kupcho, Wake Forest 72-73-76-2212. Matilda Castren, Florida State 71-71-79-2212. Katelyn Dambaugh, South Carolina 75-76-70-2215. Lauren Coughlin, Virginia 72-72-78-2225. Elizabeth Szokol, Virginia 71-75-76-222
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