The Virginia women's team broke through on Monday, and it did so emphatically. After shooting -2 on Sunday to make the 15-team cut at the NCAAs, the Cavaliers followed up with their best round of the entire tournament. Virginia shot -6 on Monday and clinched a spot in the 8-team NCAA championship match play bracket. The Hoos will take on the University of Washington on Tuesday morning.
While upperclassmen have carried UVA during most of the postseason, freshman Morgan Gonzales was the team's star on Monday. Gonzales collected five birdies en route to a three-under round of 69. Her hot start was the subject of the team's Twitter feed throughout the day.
MoGo with three birdies in four trips to No. 10 at Eugene CC this week at #NCAAGolf— UVA Women's Golf (@UVAWomensGolf) May 23, 2016
Take that flagstick and go home girl!
In addition to Gonzales' effort, Virginia also got under-par rounds from senior Elizabeth Szokol (-2) and junior Lauren Diaz-Yi (-2). For Diaz-Yi, it was her second consecutive round of 2-under. Freshman Anna Redding posted a 73, while ACC Player Of The Year Lauren Coughlin posted a 76.
Virginia finished the stroke play portion of the event in fifth place. The Cavaliers posted a total score of 1155 (+3), setting a new school record in NCAA play. Virginia will tee off at 10:50AM EST Tuesday morning in its match against Washington, who finished fourth. The winner will play in the afternoon against the winner of UCLA and Oregon. Golf Channel coverage will begin at 1:30PM. Fans can also follow along live at golfstatresults.com.