BROWNS SUMMIT, NC (April 3, 2016)--It's a three-peat for No. 20 Virginia (888) as they once more have captured the Bryan National Collegiate and along with it their first win of the season. Virginia's previous best finish was second place earlier this month at the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate.
Playing on the Bryan Park Champions Course the Cavilers won by six-strokes over South Carolina (894) and by two more over third place Florida State (896).
Virginia placed an impressive four golfers in the top-8 of the individual standings. Senior Lauren Coughlin (+6) struggled on the final day with a 6-over-par 78 but still finished in a T5 after starting the day in a tie for second. Her teammate, senior Elizabeth Szokol (+6), also finished tied for fifth.
Not far behind the duo in fifth were junior Lauren Diaz-Yi (+8) a 2015 All-ACC performer and freshman Anna Redding (+8) both T8. Redding shot the low round of the day for Virginia with a 1-over-par 73.
In the medalist chase South Carolina senior Sarah Schmelzel (+3) over came a two-stroke deficit in the final round to capture her first win of the season. Schmelzel didn't play spectacular in the final round shooting a 3-over-par 75 but on a day where only one player finished under-par it was enough for a two-stroke victory.
A member of the 2013 All-SEC freshman team, Schmelzel, started her day sluggishly with two bogey's and a double-bogey during her first nine holes. However, she was able to create the distance from the field she needed with birds on No. 15 and 17.
Second round leader, Florida State junior Matilda Castren (+5), finished in three way tie for second with Wake Forest freshman Jennifer Kupcho and South Carolina junior Katelyn Dambaugh.