Virginia Takes First Round Lead at Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Golf Championship
April 18, 2008
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - With three Cavaliers occupying the top three spots in the individual standings, the Virginia women's golf team is in first place in the team standings after the first round of the 20th Annual Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Golf Championship on the Legends Course at LPGA International. The Cavaliers are 10 strokes ahead of top ranked Duke and 12 strokes ahead of Florida State which is in third place in the team standings.
Virginia, which is ranked 22nd in this week's Golf Week / Sagarin Poll, is looking to win its first ever ACC championship in the sport of women's golf. The Cavaliers finished as the runner-up team in this event in 2006. Virginia carded a 284 team total - its best of the fall 2007 and spring 2008 seasons. Duke, the nation's No. 1 ranked team, has won the last 12 ACC women's golf championships. The Blue Devils finished with a team total of 292.
"We have worked all year in every aspect - fitness, playing to field and practicing to play in this championship," said Virginia Head Coach Kim Lewellen. "We are thrilled to be in this position after one day. This field is extremely strong and we are honored to be in this position."
Virginia is led in the individual standings by Joy Kim who shot a three-under par score of 69. She finished with 17 holes at par or better with four birdies. After a birdie on her second hole, she played the final 17 holes under par and was as many as four strokes under. Calle Nelson is in second place in the individual standings after carding a two-under par score of 70. She was never over and was as many as two strokes under par during her first 18 holes. Jennie Arseneault is in a tie for third place as she carded a one-under par 71.
"Every aspect of my game was really good today," said Kim. "My shots could have been better but I am satisfied with my round. I am also glad that the team did well today. My putting was good today; I had 26 puts. My ball stroking could have been better today - that's what I am going to work on for tomorrow."
Duke's Jennifer Pandolfi is in a tie for third place with Arseneault and Natalie Sheary of Wake Forest with one-under par scores of 71. Duke's Amanda Blumenherst, the No. 1 ranked individual in the nation, is in a tie for eighth place with a two-over par score of 73.
The tournament continues Saturday at 8:00 a.m. and Sunday at 7:30 a.m.