#8 Seed Virginia Advances to the National Championship

VIRGINIASPORTSDOTCOM Leah Wigger finished second at the NCAA East Regional.
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Leah Wigger finished second at the NCAA East Regional.
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May 7, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The team is only in its second season, but the Virginia Cavaliers are heading to the 2005 NCAA Women's Golf National Championship next week.

Seeded eighth of the 21 teams, UVa finished fifth at the NCAA Women's Golf East Regional on Saturday. The Cavaliers tied the school record again in the final round with a 292 to finish with an 881 (+41) overall.

"They all played fantastic today," said UVa head coach Jan Mann. "I'm so proud of them. They girls played so hard. They played like a veteran team. They were under a lot of pressure."

Fourth seeded Ohio State captured the team title with an 856 (+16), six strokes better than No. 1 seed Duke, which took second with an 862 (+22). No. 7 seed Furman was third with an 871 (+31), while No. 2 seed Pepperdine finished with an 874 (+34).

Duke's Anna Grzebien shot a three-under 67 to finish one-under for medalist honors. Virginia sophomore Leah Wigger (Louisville, Ky.) tied Furman's Jenny Suh for second with an even 210 each. Wigger fired a 73 in the final round. Her second-place finish is a career-best in tournament action.

"Leah had a fantastic tournament," Mann added. "She tied for second. Going into the 16th hole, she was tied for the lead, but missed a putt. They all hung tough."

Sophomore Sally Shonk (Noblesville, Ind.) tied for 24th with a 222 (+12), while freshman Lauren Mielbrecht (Gulf Stream, Va.) tied for 35th with a 226 (+16). Sophomore Rachel Smith (Powell, Tenn.) shot a 71 in the final round for a 229 (+19), and sophomore Lindsay Robinson (Huntington, W.V.) shot a career-low 74 for a 233 (+23).

 

 

The National Championship will be held May 17-20 on the Meadows Course at the Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Ore. The top eights teams and top two individuals from each of the three regionals will participate.

"The players have final exams Monday through Thursday," Mann said. "Then we leave (for Oregon) on Friday. They're very busy ladies."

NCAA EAST REGIONAL
University of Florida Golf Course
Gainesville, Fla.
Par 70; 6,023 yards
Final Results

(# is seeding; * teams advances to National Championship)
1.	#4 Ohio State*			285-280-291-856 (+16)
2.	#1 Duke*				292-283-287-862 (+22)
3.	#7 Furman*			291-291-287-871 (+31)
4.	#2 Pepperdine*			294-291-289-874 (+34)
5.	#8 Virginia*			292-297-292-881 (+41)
6.	#6 Tulane*			293-292-300-885 (+45)
7.	#5 Florida*			287-301-298-886 (+46)
8.	#3 Washington*			306-298-296-900 (+60)
9.	#12 South Carolina			293-307-303-903 (+63)
10.	#13 Vanderbilt			307-292-305-904 (+64)
11.	#21 Campbell			297-303-308-908 (+68)
12.	#17 Princeton			302-300-309-911 (+71)
13.	#14 Miami				303-304-305-912 (+72)
14.	#11 NC State			319-299-297-915 (+75)
15.	#9 UNC-Wilmington			306-308-306-920 (+80)
16.	#10 Mississippi State		306-308-311-925 (+85)
17.	#15 East Carolina			309-305-315-929 (+89)
18.	#18 James Madison			309-317-306-932 (+92)
19.	#16 Coastal Carolina		323-307-322-952 (+112)
20.	#20 Jacksonville State		325-315-320-960 (+120)
21.	#19 Jackson State			328-332-330-990 (+150)

TOP INDIVIDUALS 1. Anna Grzebien, Duke 73-69-67-209 (-1) 2. Leah Wigger, Virginia 70-67-73-210 (E) Jenny Suh, Furman 69-69-72-210 (E) 4. Alison Walshe, Tulane 70-73-69-212 (+2)

VIRGINIA PLAYERS t2. Leah Wigger 70-67-73-210 (E) t24. Sally Shonk 72-76-74-222 (+12) t35. Lauren Mielbrecht 74-77-75-226 (+16) t51. Rachel Smith 81-77-71-229 (+19) t72. Lindsay Robinson 76-83-74-233 (+23)