Duke, Virginia Share First-Round Lead at #ACCWGolf Championship

PHOTO: Florida State's Matilda Castren holds the first-round lead after shooting a 69 on Thursday. (Courtesy of Jim Daves, Virginia Media Relations)



Cavaliers and Blue Devils notch three individual rounds at even par

GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Led by a total of three golfers that carded even-par rounds, the Virginia and Duke women’s golf teams sit atop the leaderboard after round one of the 2014 ACC Women’s Golf Championship at Sedgefield Country Club.

Sophomore Lauren Coughlin and junior Briana Mao led the Cavaliers, who hold a share of the lead for the first time since 2008.

Coughlin’s round was supported by a strong front nine, as she shot a 2-under 33 with birdies on holes three, four and six. Mao, who carded a 35 on the front nine and 36 on the back nine, had three birdies on the day.

Duke, the two-time defending ACC champion, was led by Celine Boutier’s even-par score of 71. The sophomore from Montrouge, France, had four birdies and four bogeys on the afternoon.

Florida State’s Matilda Castren, the final player to shoot even par or better, registered the top score of the day. The native of Espoo, Finland carded a 69 that included five birdies, one bogey and a double bogey.

With Virginia (291) and Duke (291) tied for the lead, Miami (298) sits in third. North Carolina is in fourth (299), while Maryland, Notre Dame and Florida State are tied fifth with a team score of 306. Rounding out the field is Clemson (307), NC State (308), Wake Forest (311) and Boston College (335).

Round two of the 2014 ACC Women’s Golf Championship continues on Friday morning, with student-athletes teeing off at 8:00 a.m.

Friday’s second round action will be available via live stream on TheACC.com from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.