UVa Women's Golfers in Third Place to Open NCAA East Regional

Lauren Coughlin

May 8, 2014

Tallahassee, Fla. - The 20th-ranked Virginia women's golf team opened play at the NCAA East Regional by shooting 5-under 283 to finish the first round in third place. The top eight schools from the 24-team field advance to the NCAA Championships. The 54-hole tournament runs through Saturday.

Virginia's team score was its lowest round of the season and the best 18-hole effort at an NCAA regional site in the program's history. The Cavaliers had the chance to make it even better.

Leading the field at one point, while shooting a collective 12-under, the Cavalier could not continue that torrid pace down the stretch of closing holes. UVa collected its last birdie on hole No. 12 and its four scoring players finished the final six holes at six-over par.

The Cavaliers were led by a pair of 2-under 70s from freshman Lauren Diaz-Yi (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) and sophomore Lauren Coughlin (Chesapeake, Va.). They are tied for 13th place. Diaz-Yi collected six birdies and four bogeys during her first NCAA appearance while Coughlin provided the team its most consistent round, banking four birdies against a single bogey during her round that saw her post birdies on holes 10, 11 and 12.

Senior Elizabeth Brightwell (Nellysford, Va.) shot 1-under 71 to finish the round in 19th place and junior Briana Mao (Folsom, Calif.) posted a score of even par 72 to round out UVa's first day scoring. She is in 28th place. Senior Portland Rosen (Sugar Land, Texas) finished the round with an 80 and is 117th place. Brightwell's score was her best ever in NCAA competition.



Tulane's Emily Penttila recorded the day's best round, shooting 7-under 65 to lead the field. Duke's Celine Boutier is second at 67.

The Cavaliers will tee off during Friday second round in the afternoon wave of play. The final 18 holes will be contested Saturday.

NCAA East Regional
Tallahassee, Fla.
SouthWood Golf Course
Par 72, 6,257 yards
First Round Results

Team Results
 1. Vanderbilt           277
 2. Tulane               280
 3. Virginia             283
 4. Duke                 284
 5. NC State             286
 6. Texas State          289
 6. UCF                  289
 6. East Tennessee State 289
 9. Pepperdine           290
 9. Florida State        290
11. Campbell             291
11. South Carolina       291
11. Stanford             291
14. Auburn               293
15. Kentucky             295
15. Louisville           295
17. Troy                 295
18. Baylor               296
18. East Carolina        297
20. Georgia              298
21. Col. of Charleston   299
22. Seton Hall           302
23. Murray State         307
24. Alabama State        315

Individual Results 1. Emily Penttila, Tulane 65 2. Celine Boutier, Duke 67 3. Lori Beth Adams, UNC Wilmington 68 3. Simin Feng, Vanderbilt 68 3. Jenny Hahn, Vanderbilt 68 3. Brittany Marchand, NC State 68 3. Mariah Stackhouse, Stanford 68 3. Gabriella Wahl, East Tenn State 68

Virginia Results 13. Lauren Coughlin 70 13. Lauren Diaz-Yi 70 19. Elizabeth Brightwell 71 28. Briana Mao 72 117. Portland Rosen 80