Gainesville, FL The third-ranked Virginia women’s golf team is in fifth place after the opening round of the NCAA East Regional Championship taking place at the Mark Bostick Golf Course in Gainesville, Fla. Virginia shot 10-over 290 on the par-70 course led by junior Whitney Neuhauser’s 1-over 71.
The top eight teams from the 21-team regional will advance to the NCAA Championships. Virginia is the top-seeded team in the regional field.
“I thought we played okay for the opening day,” said Virginia coach Kim Lewellen. “Outside of the practice round yesterday, none of the girls had seen this course before, so I feel good at where we are after the first day. I felt like we started to get into our game on the back nine. We picked up some birdies that that helped down the stretch. The scores are bunched up, so it is anyone’s game to win at this point.”
Neuhauser is in 14th place following the first round. She used three birdies over the final eight holes to pull back to 1-over after finishing the first 10 holes at 4-over. Calle Nielson shot 72 and is in 21st place while Lene Krog carded a 73 and is 23rd. Joy Kim shot 74 and is 34th place while Kristen Simpson is 67th with a 77.
East Carolina grabbed the first round lead, shooting 3-over 283 to hold a one shot advantage over sixth-ranked Alabama. Vanderbilt is third at 286 followed by Denver at 287. North Carolina is sixth, one shot behind Virginia, while Tulane and Tennessee are tied for seventh at 292.
The Cavaliers will start the second round at 12:40 p.m. and be in the last group of the day starting from the 10th tee Friday.
“We hope to make up some ground Friday,” Lewellen said. “We’ll start a little later in the day, so we’ll probably have to deal with a little more wind. That can be tricky here because you have to be accurate on this course. There are a lot of chip shots that are delicate and you need to land it in the right spot on these greens.”
Live scoring of the tournament, and the Central and West Regionals, is online at Golfstat.com.
NCAA East Regional Championship
Mark Bostick Golf Course at the University of Florida
Par-70, 6,023 yards
First Round Results
1. East Carolina (37) 283
2. Alabama (6) 284
3. Vanderbilt (23) 286
4. Denver (20) 287
5. Virginia (3) 290
6. North Carolina (10) 291
7. Tulane (31) 292
7. Tennessee (27) 292
9. Georgia (14) 297
10. Duke (12) 298
11. Coastal Carolina 301
12. College of Charleston (50) 302
13. Auburn (7) 304
14. Florida (30) 305
14. Furman (46) 305
16. Florida State 307
16. Mississippi (38) 307
18. South Carolina (43) 308
19. Central Florida 309
19. Stetson 309
21. Jackson State 324
Number in parenthesis is Golfstat ranking
1. Abby Bools, East Carolina 68
1. Ana Maria Puche, East Carolina 68
3. Marina Alex, Vanderbilt 69
3. Katie Kempter, Denver 69
3. Camilla Lennarth, Alabama 69
3. Nathalie Mansson, Tennessee 69
3. Andrea Messer, Vanderbilt 69
3. Catherine O’Donnell, North Carolina 69
3. Stephanie Sherlock, Denver 69
14. Whitney Neuhauser 71
21. Calle Nielson 72
23. Lene Krog 73
34. Joy Kim 74
67. Kristen Simpson 77
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