Senior Lauren Coughlin shot 4-under 68 and junior Lauren Diaz-Yi shot 2-under 70 as the Virginia women's golf team advanced to the final round of stroke play at the 2016 NCAA Championships. Virginia shot -2 as a team during Sunday's third round and moved into a tie for 8th at 9-over for the tournament. The Wahoos' performance on Sunday was by far their best of the weekend.
The NCAA Championships initially feature 24 teams playing three rounds of stroke play. After the third round, the field is cut to 15. The the field is reduced again to eight teams after a fourth stroke-play round, and those eight teams are then placed into a single-elimination match-play bracket. With its strong Sunday performance, UVA has made the first cut and will play Monday to try to advance to the final eight.
Coughlin, the 2016 ACC player of the year, once again lead the charge for the Cavaliers. She finished Sunday's round with three straight birdies and totaled six birdies on the day. Coughlin's 68 puts her at -4 individually for the tournament and in a tie for seventh place. Diaz-Yi, one of Virginia's steadiest players throughout the year, bounced back after a rough performance in the Stanford Regional. The junior birdied five of her first eleven holes before falling back to -2 for the round.
Virginia also appears to have benefited from a rare feat from one of its underclassmen. Freshman Anna Redding carded an eagle 2 on the 380-yard Par 4 12th hole. While we don't have confirmation, the math dictates that Redding either drove the green or holed out from the fairway. Either way, her heroics were a welcome addition to Virginia's effort.
UVA entered Sunday's play in 15th place and squarely on the bubble to advance. Virginia entered shot +5 and +6 during Friday's and Saturdays rounds, respectively. Now at 9-over, Virginia enters Monday tied with Arizona for eighth and one shot behind South Carolina for seventh.
Monday's fourth round will be televised on the Golf Channel from 7PM-10PM EST. Fans can also follow along live on golfstatresults.com.