UVa Women's Golfers Finish Fourth at NCAA Championships

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Bryan, TX - The Virginia women's golf team finished fourth at the NCAA Championships, the best showing in the program's history. The Cavaliers shot 8-over 296 during Saturday's final round for a 72-hole total of 34-over 1186 at the Traditions Club in Bryan, Texas.

UCLA won the team championship at 21-over 1173 while 2010 NCAA champion Purdue was second at 1177. LSU placed third at 1181. USC, which entered the tournament ranked No. 1 in the Golfstat rankings, finished fifth, four shots behind the Cavaliers.

Virginia's previous best finish at the NCAA Championships was an eighth-place effort in 2009 at Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Md. This year's appearance at the NCAA Championships was the fifth in the eight-year history of the program.

The Cavaliers were led by the 12th-place performance of sophomore Brittany Altomare. She shot 2-over 74 Saturday for a four-day total of 2-over 290. Last season Altomare placed 15th at the tournament.

Freshman Portland Rosen had her best round of the tournament, shooting even par 72, to post UVa's best score Saturday. Rosen started her day by recording consecutive bogeys but then settled down to post three birdies, a bogey and 12 pars. She finished in 102nd place at 313.

Sophomore Nicole Agnello used a strong front nine to shoot 1-over 73 during the final round. Agnello collected four birdies over a six-hole stretch to make the turn at 2-under. She moved up to 37th on the leader board at 11-over 299

Seniors Calle Nielson and Joy Kim capped their collegiate careers with their fourth straight NCAA Championship appearance. Nielson shot 5-over 77 during the final round and placed 26th at 9-over 297. Kim carded a score of 7-over 79 to wrap up play in 95th place at 311.

LSU's Austin Ernst shot 6-under 66 for the second time during the tournament to win the NCAA individual title at 7-under 281. Arkansas' Kelli Shean was second at 284.

NCAA Championships
The Traditions Club
Bryan, TX
Par-72, 6,260 yards
Final Results

Team Results
 1. UCLA             289-295-294-295-1173
 2. Purdue           292-295-298-292-1177
 3. LSU              292-296-303-290-1181
 4. Virginia         291-300-299-296-1186
 5. USC              302-302-292-294-1190
 5. Arkansas         305-296-296-293-1190
 7. Texas A&M        295-294-302-300-1191
 8. North Carolina   305-293-297-298-1193
 8. Alabama          301-303-297-292-1193
10. Vanderbilt       297-294-304-301-1196
10. Florida          294-298-309-295-1196
12. California       306-292-305-294-1197
13. Tennessee        299-299-306-296-1200
14. Wake Forest      298-307-301-296-1202
15. Arizona          304-295-305-301-1205
16. Washington       312-307-297-293-1209
17. Arizona State    296-303-308-303-1210
18. South Carolina   302-315-298-296-1211
19. Minnesota        305-294-307-307-1213
20. UC Davis         313-305-307-294-1219
21. Ohio State       303-315-298-305-1221
22. Notre Dame       308-310-307-299-1224
23. Stanford         308-305-303-309-1225
24. Coastal Carolina 322-302-298-310-1232

Individual Leaders
1. Austin Ernst, LSU               72-66-77-66-281
2. Kelli Shean, Arkansas           75-70-71-68-284
3. Laura Gonzalez, Purdue          74-71-70-71-286
4. Tiffany Lua, UCLA               71-71-70-75-287
4. Marta Silva Zamora, Georgia     71-71-72-73-287
6. Caroline Powers, Michigan State 70-76-69-73-288
6. Katerina Ruzickova, Texas A&M   73-72-73-70-288
8. Lindy Duncan*, Duke             72-74-70-73-289
8. Numa Gulyanamitta, Purdue       71-70-77-71-289
8. Joanne Lee, California          73-71-76-69-289
8. Natalie Sheary, Wake Forest     72-74-71-72-289

Virginia Results
 12. Brittany Altomare 69-75-72-74-290
 26. Calle Nielson     71-73-76-77-297
 37. Nicole Agnello    76-76-74-73-299
 95. Joy Kim           75-76-81-79-311
102. Portland Rosen    80-84-77-72-313