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UVA senior Brittany Altomare wins ACC Championship

D Brittany Altomare Richmond women wrap

up successful campaign Three named to All-CAA teams; Will named CAA Coach of the Year

The University of Richmond women’s golf program is on the rise. Two team titles, three players earning post-season awards and first year coach Maggie Will being recognized as CAA Coach of the Year.

Richmond ended the 2012-2013 campaign 70 places higher in national rankings. That number was boosted when Richmond cap- tured two team titles in the same season for the first time in the program’s history. They also posted seven top-six finishes. Tracy Martin, a senior from Masachusettes, closes out her Spi- der career with the all-time season-low scoring average of 75.04. She won the Wendy’s Invitational and was named first-team All- CAA. Fellow seniors Caroline Lovett and Courtney Rousse were named second-team All-CAA. Maggie Will, who took over the Spider program in late sum-

Coach Maggie Will

mer, was named CAA Coach of the Year by her fellow coaches. “Being recognized by your peers is an amazing honor,” said

Will. “It was a team effort. Our student-athletes hit the shots and made the putts. It was a lot of fun to watch the team improve 70 places in the rankings.”

Richmond finished 4th at the CAA Championship with a team score of 967. Martin led the Spiders with a 5th place finish after rounds of 74-81-83.

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uke University ran away from the field at the ACC Women’s Championship at Sedgefield CC in North Carolina, winning the team title by 24 shots over runner-up NC State. The University of Virginia finished three shots higher and settled for third. Meanwhile, in the individual race, UVA senior Brittany Altomare became the first Cavalier golfer to win the ACC Championship after rounds of 71-70- 76. Altomare, who grew up and lives just outside Boston, in Shrewsbury, was playing with a heavy heart after the Boston Marathon bombing. The win was very emotional for the three-time All-American. “It was hard to stay focused, but I’ve been work- ing on staying in the present moment and I knew there was really nothing that I could do to prevent whatever was going to happen in Boston,” said Altomare in her post-round interview with Vir- “I just tried to focus on golf while I was on the course and talk to my friends afterward and see how everything was going.” The win gives Altomare her first individual title of the year and the third of her career. She has compiled 19 top ten finishes in her stellar career at Virginia which puts her at the top in UVA women’s golf history.

Altomare named ACC Women’s Golfer of the Year

Shortly after winning the individual title at the 2013 ACC Women’s Golf Championships, senior Brittany Altomare was named ACC Women’s Golfer of the Year by a vote of ACC coaches. Altomare is ranked 8th nationally by Golfstat individually after posting a 72.30 stroke average and posting 8 top 15’s in nine tournaments. That included one win and five top 3’s. Her record against ACC competition was 194-18-4 for the 2012-2013 season.

Randolph-Macon and Bowling win ODAC Women’s Championship

RMC’s Albaugh named Coach of the Year in program’s first year In its inaugural

year, Randolph- Macon women’s golf could not have started bet- ter. The Yellow Jackets won the ODAC Confer- ence Champi- onship at Bay Creek Resort on the eastern shore of Vir- ginia. Randolph- Macon freshman Olivia Bowling also opened her career in style when she took home

Top Row (L to R) Head Coach Leighann Albaugh, Samantha Cameron, Olivia Bowling, Danielle Calhoun Bottom Row (L to R)Tracy Moriconi, Rebecca Ream

the individual championship crown after rounds of 87-79. Randolph-Macon shot 370-349 to win by ten shots over Hollins University. Other top-ten contributers for the Yel- low Jackets included 4th place finisher Rebecca Ream(91-88) and Colonial Heights resident Danielle Calhoun who

placed 9th(95-90). Richmonder Tracy Moriconi and Midlothian resident Samantha Cameron both tied for 12th. After the tournament the ODAC named Bolling as conference Rookie of the Year. Coach Leighann Albaugh was named ODAC Coach of the Year after leading Randolph-Macon to a confer- ence championship in its first year.

Photo courtesy of J. Daves, UVA Media Relations

Photo courtesy of Phil Stanton Sports Information Director/RMC

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