ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The No. 8 Virginia women’s golf team completed the first round of the NCAA Ann Arbor Regional tied for fourth place. The Cavaliers shot 10-over 294 to be tied with No. 5 San Jose State, the region’s top seed, after the opening 18 holes of play. Arkansas, ranked No. 20, leads the 12-team field at 7-over 291 while No. 43 Washington and No. 18 Michigan are tied for second at 9-over 293.
The top four teams from the regional will advance to the NCAA Championships. The 54-hole tournament runs through Wednesday.
The Cavaliers held the tournament lead late in their round before a poor showing on the University of Michigan Golf Course’s 18th hole cost them multiple strokes. UVA’s four scoring players played the par four hole at a combined 5-over par.
UVA was led during the opening round by a trio of players who shot 1-over 73. Freshman Amanda Sambach, sophomore Jennifer Cleary and junior Celeste Valinho finished the first round tied for 13th place. Graduate student Beth Lillie was in 32nd place after posting a score of 75. Sophomore Rebecca Skoler was 38th with an opening-round score of 76.
“This course requires focus on every single shot,” said UVA head coach Ria Scott. “We let a few big numbers get away from us and need to minimize those mistakes tomorrow.
“We talked to the team about how different these par fives are, as par is a good score on most of them. They aren’t ‘attack’ par fives like we are used to, as shown by the fact no team was under par on them. We are in good position and look forward to cleaning up our rounds tomorrow.”
Tuesday’s second round will start at 8 a.m. The Cavaliers will be paired with San Jose State and Xavier during Tuesday’s play.
NCAA Ann Arbor Regional
University of Michigan Golf Course
Ann Arbor, Mich.
Par 71, 6,265 yards
First Round Results
1. Arkansas 291
2. Washington 293
3. Michigan 293
4. Virginia 294
4. San Jose State 294
6. Xavier 299
6. North Carolina 299
8. Ohio State 300
8. Pepperdine 300
8. UCF 300
11. Virginia Tech 302
12. Oakland 316
1. Ela Anacona, Arkansas 69
1. Jana Melichova, Old Dominion 69
3. Natasha Andrea Oon, San Jose State 70
3. Stefanie Deng, Washington 70
13. Amanda Sambach 73
13. Celeste Valinho 73
13. Jennifer Cleary 73
32. Beth Lillie 75
38. Rebecca Skoler 76