NATIONAL CHAMPION: Blue Devil freshman Virginia Elena Carta Captures NCAA Individual Title in Record Style

Virginia and Duke advance to Match Play of NCAA Women’s Golf Championship

GREENSBORO, N.C. – ACC Champion Virginia and fifth-ranked Duke are among eight teams advancing to quarterfinals match play Tuesday at the 2016 NCAA Women’s Golf Championship played at the Par 72, 6331-yard Eugene Country Club Course in Eugene, Oregon.

Led by Megan Gonzales’ three-under 69 and a pair of two-under 70s by Elizabeth Szokel and Lauren Diaz-Yi, Virginia turned in a final day six-under 282, to finish fifth overall and 11 strokes behind front runner UCLA.

The fifth-seeded Cavaliers will face No. 4 Washington in quarterfinal action on Tuesday.

Keyed by a record-setting performance by NCAA individual champion Virginia Elena Carta’s three-under par 69, the Blue Devils carded an eight-over 296 and finished sixth overall three strokes behind Virginia and 14 strokes behind UCLA.

Carta turned four successive sub-par rounds (69-68-66-69) to finish with an eight-stroke win over Miami freshman Dewi Weber and Arizona’s Haley Moore. A third ACC freshman, Wake Forest’s Jennifer Kupcho tied for sixth with a five-under par 283.

Carta’s 16-under par 272, which included 20 birdies, is the lowest 72-hole score in relation to par in Division I NCAA women’s golf championship history. The freshman from Udine, Italy, became the fourth Duke women’s golfer to win an NCAA Championship, joining Virada Nirapathpongporn (2002), Candy Hannemann (2003) and Anna Grzebien (2005).

The sixth-seeded Blue Devils will play third-seeded USC in quarterfinal action Tuesday.

North Carolina (1175) finished 14th at 23-over par while Florida State (1176) was 15th at 24 shots over par.

Tuesday’s Medal Play - Quarterfinals
1 UCLA vs. 8 Oregon
4 Washington vs. 5 Virginia

3 USC vs. 6 Duke
2 Stanford vs. 7 South Carolina

Live results can be found on Golfstat.com as well as the ncaa.com.

NCAA Women’s Golf Championship – Medal Play
Monday, May 23, 2016

Pos. School R1 R2 R3 R4 Total +/-
1. UCLA 286 291 285 282 1144 -8
2. Stanford 295 283 290 279 1147 -5
3. Southern California 289 280 291 290 1150 -2
4. Washington 289 285 292 286 1152 E
5. Virginia 293 294 286 282 1155 +3
6. Duke 299 283 280 296 1158 +6
7. South Carolina 293 289 290 290 1162 +10
8. Oregon 297 282 291 296 1166 +14
T9. Northwestern 292 289 295 291 1167 +15
T9. Arizona 291 289 293 294 1167 +15
11. Oklahoma State 284 295 297 292 1168 +16
T12. Arkansas 292 291 298 292 1173 +21
T12. Alabama 300 292 290 291 1173 +21
14. North Carolina 298 292 291 294 1175 +23
15. Florida State 295 290 298 293 1176 +24

Pos. Player School R1 R2 R3 R4 Total +/-
1. Virginia Elena Carta Duke 69 68 66 69 272 -16
T2. Dewi Weber Miami 69 66 74 71 280 -8
T2. Haley Moore Arizona 68 70 74 68 280 -8
T4. Cheyenne Knight Alabama 69 69 71 73 282 -6
T4. Anna Newell Tennessee 69 67 75 71 282 -6
T6. Casey Danielson Stanford 71 70 74 68 283 -5
T6. Lilia Vu UCLA 73 72 71 67 283 -5
T6. Jennifer Kupcho Wake Forest 69 73 67 74 283 -5
9. Bronte Law UCLA 71 72 69 72 284 -4
10. Tiffany Chan Southern California 71 71 74 70 286 -2
T11. Ying Luo Washington 75 68 75 69 287 -1
T11. Shannon Aubert Stanford 74 72 72 69 287 -1
T11. Stephanie Lau Northwestern 71 71 74 71 287 -1
T11. Louise Ridderstrom UCLA 69 73 73 72 287 -1
T11. Katelyn Dambaugh South Carolina 69 73 71 74 287 -1
T16. Caroline Inglis Oregon 73 65 73 77 288 E
T16. Rio Watanabe Ohio State 70 68 78 72 288 E
T16. Ainhoa Olarra South Carolina 73 71 73 71 288 E
T16. Lauren Coughlin Virginia 72 72 68 76 288 E
T20. Kelly Grassel Florida 74 72 72 71 289 +1
T20. Morgane Metraux Florida State 70 72 76 71 289 +1