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.