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UVa Finishes 2nd in Stroke Play Portion of Match Play Championships

Kissimmee, FL The No. 7 Virginia women’s golf team advanced to the championship bracket at the National Golf Coaches Association’s Match Play Championships after finishing second in the 16-team field after 36 holes of stroke play Sunday. The Cavaliers shot rounds of 4-over 292 and 4-under 284 for a two-round total of 576. Only top-ranked UCLA bettered UVa’s score, finishing first at 567. The field at the event includes 13 teams currently ranked in Golfweek’s top 25 poll.

The top eight teams from stroke play will compete in the match play tournament’s championship bracket starting Monday. Virginia will be paired against Denver in its first 18-hole match play competition. Two rounds of match play are slated for Monday and the championship rounds will take place Tuesday.

The other teams finishing in the top eight of stroke play and in the championships bracket are Alabama, USC, Duke, Auburn and Michigan State.

Virginia was led in stroke play by sophomore Calle Nielson who finished third overall at 5-under 139. She had rounds of 68 and 71. Her first-round 68 was the lowest single-round score she has posted as a collegiate.

Jennie Arseneault and Whitney Neuhauser tied for 16th overall at 1-over 145. Arseneault shot 73-73 and Neuhauser posted scores of 76-69. Kristen Simpson was 35th at 149 and Joy Kim was 50th at 152.

NGCA Match Play Championship
Ginn Reunion Resorts
Kissimmee, FL
Par-72, 6,245 yards
Stroke Play Results

Team Results

1. UCLA 281-286-567
2. Virginia 292-284-576
3. Alabama 293-286-579
4. USC 298-284-582
4. Duke 288-294-582
6. Auburn 294-291-585
7. Denver 292-296-588
8. Michigan State 293-297-590
9. Kent State 291-300-591
9. Georgia 304-287-591
11. Texas A&M 299-299-598
12. Tennessee 304-299-603
13. Arizona 308-297-605
13. Florida 302-303-605
15. Vanderbilt 300-307-607
16. Tulsa 301-317-618

Individual Leaders
1. Stephanie Kono, UCLA 66-66-132
2. Mina Harigae, Duke 69-69-138
3. Calle Nielson, Virginia 68-71-139
4. Laura Kueny, Michigan State 71-69-140
4. Candace Schepperle, Auburn 70-70-140
4. Jennifer Song, USC 72-68-140
7. Kathleen Ekey, Alabama 72-70-142
7. Katie Kempter, Denver 69-73-142
9. Stephanie Sherlock, Denver 71-72-143

Virginia Results
3. Calle Nielson 68-71-139
16. Jennie Arseneault 72-73-145
16. Whitney Neuhauser 76-69-145
35. Kristen Simpson 78-71-149
50. Joy Kim 76-76-152




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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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