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Virginia Womens Golf Off To Great Start At ACC Championship

UVA leads the field by 11 strokes after the first day of play. The Cavaliers won the ACC title in 2015.

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The Virginia women's golf team won its first ACC title in 2015 at the Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, North Carolina. After the first day of the 2016 ACC tournament, the Cavaliers are in great shape to successfully defend their title. Virginia shot a combined score of -5 during Friday's first round and leads the field by 11 strokes headed into the weekend.

Virginia coach Kim Lewellen posted a video on Twitter Friday afternoon with her thoughts on the opening round.

Virginia placed three players in the top ten on Friday. Senior Lauren Coughlin led the charge, posting a 66 on the day and finishing in a tie for first. Junior Lauren Diaz-Yi posted a 71 and freshman Anna Redding posted a 72, finishing in ties for fourth and seventh, respectively. Coughlin, who interns in the football office during her spare time, garnered congratulations from Virginia football coach Bronco Mendenhall.

The ACC tournament is a three-day event. Those interested in watching can find it on ESPN3 starting at 2PM on Saturday and on 1PM on Sunday. In addition, Golfstat.com will provide live statistics during the event. Virginia will tee off at 10:30AM on Saturday and will be paired with Duke and Wake Forest. The Blue Devils and Demon Deacons are tied for second at +6 after Friday's round.