May 7, 2018
Madison, Wisc. – The No. 31 Virginia women’s golf team used a record-setting performance to grab the early lead at the NCAA Regional taking place in Madison, Wisc. The Cavaliers shot 9-under 279 on Monday at Wisconsin’s University Ridge Golf Course, the best 18-hole performance in NCAA play by a UVA squad. Virginia finished the first-round of competition four shots ahead of No. 4 Duke and six shots in front of No. 6 USC.
The top six teams from the NCAA’s four regional sites advance to the NCAA Championships. Each site features three rounds of play.
UVA was led by freshman Beth Lillie (Fullerton, Calif.), who equaled her career-best score by shooting 5-under 67. Lillie’s score versus par was the best ever by a Cavalier competitor at an NCAA regional site.
Lillie, who was named to the All-ACC squad last week, finished with three birdies over her final six holes to play a pivotal role in UVA’s first-day success. She completed her round with seven birdies and two bogeys and managed birdie on all five of the course’s par-5 holes.
Juniors Katharine Patrick (Houston, Texas) and Anna Redding (Concord, N.C.) also finished the first day of play under par. Patrick fired 3-under 69 while Redding posted a score of 2-under 70. Patrick ended the round in fifth place while Redding was seventh.
The Cavaliers combined to shoot 11-under on the five par-5s holes and led the field with 23 total birdies.
UVA will tee off Tuesday starting at 9:39 a.m. from the No. 1 tee while paired with Duke and USC. The final round of competition will take place Wednesday. Live scoring is online at Golfstat.com.
University Ridge Golf Course
Par-72, 6,313 yards
First Round Results
Team Results 1. Virginia 2792. Duke 2833. USC 2854. Arizona State 2885. Oregon State 2896. Wisconsin 2907. Illinois 2928. Ohio State 2939. Northwestern 29410. Old Dominion 29510. Iowa State 29512. Campbell 29812. Purdue 29814. Notre Dame 29915. Idaho 30616. Murray State 30717. IUPUI 31318. North Dakota State 315 Individual Leaders1. Beth Lillie, Virginia 671. Gabby Curtis, Wisconsin 673. Nicole Schroeder, Oregon State 683. Virginia Elena Carta, Duke 68
Virginia Results 1. Beth Lillie 67 5. Katharine Patrick 69 7. Anna Redding 7026. Morgan Gonzales 7376. Julia Ford 78