Charlottesville, VA - Virginia women's golfers Brittany Altomare and Calle Nielson have been named honorable mention All-Americans by the National Golf Coaches Association. In addition, Nielson, who tied for first at the NCAA West Regional, was named to all-West Region team.
Altomare, a native of Shrewsbury, Mass., led Virginia at the NCAA Championships with a 15th-place finish, the fourth best of any freshman in the field. The Cavaliers placed 13th as a team. Altomare's showing was the third best in school history and the best by a Cavalier freshman.
Altomare finished third in the ACC in stroke average this year, leading Virginia at 73.53 per round. She topped the team in scoring at seven tournaments and was the runner-up at the ACC Championships along with Nielson.
Nielson, a junior from Nashville, Tenn., picked up honorable mention All-America honors for the second consecutive season. She tied for medalist honors at the West Regional, helping UVa to a fifth-place finish and the team's third straight trip to the NCAA Championships.
Nielson finished fourth in the ACC in scoring average at 73.97. She led UVa in scoring five times this spring. In addition to her win at the West Regional, she also placed first in the Tri-Match at Ironwood this spring.
Both players were named to the All-ACC team earlier this season. Altomare is ranked No. 27 in the final Golfweek standings for the season and Nielson finished 38th in the poll.
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A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
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