WESTFIELD, IN – The 25th-ranked Virginia women’s golf team finished the opening round of NCAA Regional play tied for sixth place at The Club at Chatham Hills in Westfield, Ind. The Cavaliers shot 1-under 287 and are tied with 17th-ranked Vanderbilt. UVA entered the event as the No. 5 seed.

Tulsa grabbed the opening round lead at 9-under 279 while top-seeded Mississippi State is in second place at 280 followed by Michigan (283), Iowa State (286) and Oregon State (286).

The regional is one of six three-round competition sites where the top five teams advance to the NCAA Championships at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz., May 19-24.

Virginia was led by ACC Individual Champion Amanda Sambach. She shot 3-under 69 and finished the day tied for fifth place. Sambach’s round included a pair of eagles on the par-5 fifth and 17th holes. She also tallied two birdies and three bogeys.

UVA’s Celeste Valinho, who had four birdies during her round, posted a score of even-par 72 while Jennifer Cleary, Megan Propeck and Rebecca each finished Monday’s play at 1-over 73.

Tuesday’s second round gets underway at 8 a.m. UVA will be paired with Iowa State and Oregon State. Those teams get underway at 8 a.m. from the first tee.

Virginia is playing in the 17th NCAA Regional in the 20-year history of the program. The Cavaliers have advanced to the NCAA Championships 12 times, including last season when Virginia placed 15th.

NCAA Westfield Regional
The Club at Chatham Hills
Westfield, Ind.
Par 72, 6,300 yards
First-Round Results

Team Results
 1. Tulsa              279
 2. Mississippi State  280
 3. Michigan           283
 4. Iowa State         286
 4. Oregon State       286
 6. Virginia           287
 6. Vanderbilt         287
 8. Tennessee          288
 9. Xavier             289
10. Oregon             294
11. Morehead State     296
12. Lipscomb           299 

Individual Leaders
1. Julia Lopez-Ramirez, Mississippi State  67
2. Hannah Levi, Mississippi State          68
2. Madde Sund, Oregon State                68
2. Lovisa Gunnar, Tulsa                    68 

Virginia Results|
 5. Amanda Sambach   69
24. Celeste Valinho  72
30. Jennifer Cleary  73
30. Megan Propeck    73
30. Rebecca Skoler   73